FA Cup 3rd Round Weekend: Shock Patrol

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FA Cup 3rd Round Weekend: Shock Patrol

James Capps

FA Cup Third Round Weekend comes round quickly every year, doesn’t it? That first or second weekend in January really does creep up on you…

We don’t usually start things off by talking about Fleetwood Town, but the magic of the FA Cup makes people do strange things. They’re a massive 4/1 to win at Bristol City, and it’s a potential shock that you can’t miss out on. Uwe Rosler’s side are flying. They’re unbeaten in a dozen games and find themselves in the League One play offs. Bristol City meanwhile are dropping like a sack of spuds, losing their last six. They’ve scored in five of those six losses, which makes 8/1 for a Fleetwood win with both teams scoring a very attractive bet. Well worth a tenner as a cheeky Saturday side bet.

Devante Cole, son of former Manchester United striker Andy, is banging them in for Fleetwood at the moment. (Source: Sky Sports)

Another place where we could see a cupset is Carrow Road, where Norwich are facing Southampton. The Canaries are recovering from a poor spell of league form, but have back-to-back clean sheets and had a decent win over Derby in the Championship on Monday. Southampton’s away form isn’t great – just two wins from 13 Premier League away games – and have lost 1-0 on their last two visits to Carrow Road. A repeat of that result is 8/1 with Ladbrokes, but the 23/10 BoyleSports are offering for Norwich to win by any scoreline is more than good enough for me.

For those of you that have watched much Championship football this season, you’ll know that Rotherham United don’t really belong there. They’ve won just three games all season, and are doomed for relegation. They’re hosting League One mid-tablers Oxford United. The U’s have better away form than their home record, going unbeaten in five and winning their last three. Despite the division’s difference, there won’t be a whole lot between these two, so 15/8 for Oxford to win the tie is pretty decent. Neither side like a clean sheet either, so both teams to score at 8/11 is solid enough to stick on your accas.

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton looking rather hench. (Source: Oxford Mail)

Burnley battered Sunderland 4-1 just last week, so 11/5 for them to go and taste success against the Black Cats again this Saturday looks slightly big. Their squad isn’t huge, so don’t expect wholesale changes for their trip to the Stadium of Light. Will David Moyes be tempted to rest Jermain Defoe for a couple of crunch Premier League games later in January? I reckon so, and that could be enough to swing it in the Clarets’ favour.

Another Premier League side with decent odds this weekend is Watford, who are 3/5 to beat struggling Championship side Burton Albion at Vicerage Road. Yes, Watford’s form is poor, but Burton’s is just as bad, and they only have one away win this season (and even that was a scrappy 2-1 win over bottom side Rotherham). Have some faith in the Hornets and get them on your Saturday acca.

Last up is a trip to Deepdale for Preston versus Arsenal. While I don’t fancy a shock in this one, there are some decent goalscorer odds for the Gunners, who are likely to perform their customary sweeping changes for the cup. Alex Iwobi looks tidy at 23/10 to bag anytime, but my tip in this one is Lucas Perez to score at least two, at a very generous 6/1. He’s done well in appearances off the bench, including a stunning volley against Bournemouth this week. Back him to get the nod to start and take his chance in this one.

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Norwich at 23/10 beat Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Ipswich, Brighton, Everton, Wigan and Newcastle returns a tidy £181 with Ladbrokes. Back it here!

Check out what my fellow tipsters are backing, and bet on what you fancy, here.