A sprinkling of FA Cup action compliments this weekend’s EFL offering, and if you’ve got the cojones, there’s some dollar to be made.
First up, you’d be mad not to jump on the Leicester-are-back-to-being-shit-again bandwagon by backing Millwall to topple the Premier League champions. The Lions haven’t lost at The Den since Christmas, and have conceded just one goal in that time. Leicester, meanwhile, continue to be terrible on the road. They also have a Champions League trip to Sevilla next week to think about, as well as the lingering thought of getting relegated if they don’t pull their finger out their arse. Millwall to give them a kick in said arse looks sweet as a nut at 9/5 with Ladbrokes.
Another London team that you should be lumping on in the FA Cup is Spurs. They travel across the capital to face Fulham on Sunday, and are an unbelievable 4/5 to make it through to the quarter finals. Now I know Spurs will be rotating their squad either side of two Europa League ties with Gent, but this is a side that know how to get the job done. Couple that with Tottenham’s solid record at Craven Cottage (just one loss in nine there), and you are looking at a very solid bet.
Back to the bread and butter of the EFL, and Saturday sees an improving Ipswich host a somewhat off-colour Leeds United in the Championship. Ipswich can take heart from positive recent results at Villa and Brighton which have put them on the verge of the top half, while Leeds’ promotion bid is stuttering following two defeats in three. Mick McCarthy’s side know how to fight, and 11/10 for them to win just one half looks solid. If you fancy them to edge it over 90 minutes, 2/1 represents tasty rewards.
One side whose promotion charge is gathering pace is Norwich, who have recovered strongly from a mid-season blip in form. Alex Neil’s side have found the net 15 times in an impressive six-game unbeaten run. They travel to a Burton Albion side that struggle for goals and have lost five of their last six at the Pirelli Stadium. 20/21 for the Canaries to be singing by 5 o’clock looks to be the smart bet here.
The top two face off in League One at Bramall Lane, as Sheffield United host Scunthorpe. Scunny are feeling the heat in the promotion race and are without a win in three, with just one goal to their name in that period. The Blades, on the other hand, have maintained solid form, with just two defeats on their stomping ground all season. A win for the home side would put them eight points clear at the top and probably riding their way into the promotion sunset. Their man in form is Billy Sharp with eight goals in his last eleven outings, and he also counts Saturday’s opponents as one of his former clubs. You know what that means. Back the lad to score anytime at 10/11 with Ladbrokes if you don’t fancy the 4/6 on offer for his side to take all three points.
There’s also a crunch tie at the bottom of League One as Chesterfield host Bury, who have just appointed Lee Clark as their new gaffer. Clark is well accustomed to a firefight, having just about kept Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership last season, and staying up in the Championship with Birmingham City a couple of years before that. Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell’s only previous League One experience is walking the division with Wigan Athletic last year. He wasn’t up for the relegation dog fight in the Championship and was given his marching orders in October. I fancy Bury to nick this one, and if you’re reading this whilst still pissed from your Friday night antics, back them to win with both teams scoring at a barmy 15/4.
We head to the sunny climbs of Grimsby for our first dip into League Two, where the out-of-form Mariners are facing a very much in-form Mansfield Town. The Stags are top of the form charts and haven’t lost since Boxing Day, while Grimsby have just one win in their last half dozen. Follow the form book in this one and go for the away win at 7/5.
We finish things off with the pick of the League Two fixtures this weekend as table-toppers Doncaster host fourth-placed Luton. The home side haven’t lost at the Keepmoat this season, so odds of better than even-money for them to take three points against one of their promotion rivals looks a decent bet. Luton’s away form is pretty good though, so be wary. Both sides know where the back of the net is, so at least back both teams to score at 4/5 with BoyleSports. But if there’s one team to trust at home in League Two, it’s Donny. Place your bets, folks.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Spurs at 4/5 to beat Fulham in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Norwich, Southend, Shrewsbury and Exeter returns a whopping £188 with Ladbrokes. Back it here!