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Cambridge United v Leeds United Betting Tips: Over 2.25, 2017-01-09

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Monday 9th January 2017 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – FA Cup Betting Tips

The third round of the FA Cup has almost been completed, and my next pick features an intriguing contest between League Two outfit Cambridge United and Championship high-flyers Leeds United at Abbey Stadium on Monday night.

The hosts, Cambridge United, have made a solid start to their League Two campaign as we sit at the halfway stage of the season, and they currently occupy 9th place just one point behind the play-off pack.

The U’s have also won six of their last seven matches in League Two, so they’ll head into this cup fixture bubbling with confidence having won their last three matches on home turf with wins over Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra and Notts County.

Visitors Leeds United have enjoyed somewhat of a revival under manager Garry Monk as he has led Leeds to a play-off position at the halfway stage of this season, following numerous seasons of disappointment from former managers at Elland Road.

Leeds currently sit in fifth spot in the Championship and their current form has been very impressive indeed as they’ve won four of their last five league matches with wins over Reading, Brentford, Preston North End and Rotherham United along with earning a point in a 1-1 draw away at Aston Villa.

Leeds have also banged a few goals in of late too with strikers Wood (13 goals) and Doukara (4 goals) being the most likely anytime goalscorers for the visitors here tonight.

Leeds in particular, won’t want this match going to a replay with chasing a play-off place in mind, so I’m expecting an open and attacking cup-tie here.

Pick: Over 2.25 @ 1.68 Comeon


Notts Co v Boreham Wood Betting Tips: 1, 2016-11-15

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Tuesday 15th November 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – FA Cup Betting Tips

Notts County lost their second match on the bounce on the weekend when they were handed a heavy 4-0 defeat away at Blackpool in League Two but they return to their Meadow Lane ground to host non-leaguers Boreham Wood in this FA Cup 1st round replay.

County had previously lost away at Sunderland in the EFL Trophy to the Under-23 side, but with home advantage here on Tuesday night and with just one defeat from their last ten matches on home turf in this competition, The Magpies will be confident of their passage through to the 2nd round.

Notts County forwards Stead and Forte have both played at higher levels in their careers having played for Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich Town, Southampton and Oldham Athletic respectively, and they should be able to take advantage of any defensive lapses by Boreham Wood this evening.

Onto the visitors then, and Boreham Wood were also on the losing side on Saturday as they lost 1-0 away at Bromley in the National League which makes it back-to-back losses for the non-league outfit ahead of this FA Cup 1st round replay in Nottingham.

Defeats at Lincoln City and Bromley away from home in the non-league top flight are not great preparation for taking on a League Two side away from home, and although they’ve performed pretty well on the road in this division, the step up in quality may be their undoing here.

In the FA Cup, Boreham Wood have failed to win in their last four away matches with their last away win coming in a 2-0 win at Maidstone United back in 2013.

Pick: Notts County to win @ 1.83 Bwin


Coventry v Morecambe Betting Tips: 1, 2016-11-15

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Tuesday 15th November 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – FA Cup Betting Tips

Coventry City’s six-match unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end on Saturday when they lost 1-0 at home to League One leaders Scunthorpe United at the Ricoh Arena, but the Sky Blues have a chance to rectify things to a degree when they take on League Two side Morecambe in Tuesday night’s FA Cup 1st round replay.

Coventry were held to a 1-1 draw at the Globe Arena against Morecambe last week, and no doubt tonight’s hosts Coventry will be looking to finish the job in normal time on Tuesday evening to progress to the next round.

Prior to the defeat to Scunthorpe United, Coventry had actually put together a staggering 14-match unbeaten run at home in all competitions including having won their last four home matches on the trot, and they should bounce back with a win this evening.

Visitors Morecambe also tasted defeat on the weekend as they went down to a 2-0 loss away at Wycombe Wanderers which ended a run of four matches without defeat away from home in all competitions for The Shrimps.

Morecambe possess a fairly limited pedigree in the FA Cup due to being a non-league side for the bulk of their existence since 1920, and they’ve managed to register just one away win from their nine matches played on the road in the FA Cup which was a 1-0 win at Rochdale back in 2012.

Since then, they’ve lost at tonight’s opponents Coventry City as well as Dover Athletic and drew at Dagenham & Redbridge in a 0-0 stalemate.

This really should be a home win for Coventry, particularly considering their solid form on home turf  in recent times.

Pick: Coventry City to win @ 1.50 Ladbrokes


Bristol Rovers v Crawley Betting Tips: 1, 2016-11-15

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Tuesday 15th November 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – FA Cup Betting Tips

Following a 1-1 draw at Crawley Town, Tuesday evening’s hosts Bristol Rovers now appear to be in the driving seat for this FA Cup 1st round replay when they return to the Memorial Stadium to take on League Two outfit Crawley Town on home turf.

Bristol Rovers suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat away at Millwall in League One on the weekend, but home form in recent weeks has been quite steady as The Pirates have captured wins over Port Vale, Gillingham and Fleetwood Town and have lost just once on home soil in their last six league matches.

Rovers possess some dangerous attacking personnel too in the shape of leading goalscorer Matty Taylor (11 goals), along with support from Easter and Montano as Rovers look to progress to the next round in this year’s competition.

Visitors Crawley Town were also on the losing side on the weekend when they went down to a 3-1 defeat at home to Cambridge United which meant that Crawley have now gone seven matches without a win in all competitions.

Crawley are also without a win from their last five League Two matches and they sit in the bottom half of the English fourth tier having to make the tough trip away to Bristol Rovers in this FA Cup 1st round replay having lost their last three matches on the trot.

Defeats in League Two away at Cheltenham Town and Carlisle United along with a heavy 4-0 loss at Southampton Under 23’s in the EFL Trophy can’t be good for their confidence.

Interestingly, these two sides met in the 2013/14 season FA Cup and after a 0-0 draw, Bristol Rovers ran out 2-1 winners in the replay – tonight could be a repeat of that result.

Pick: Bristol Rovers to win @ 1.50 Unibet


Peterborough v West Brom Betting Tips: Over 2.25, 2016-02-10

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Wednesday 10th February 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – FA Cup

Peterborough United earned a replay in the FA Cup following a creditable 2-2 draw away at The Hawthorns and they may well fancy their chances of pulling off an upset at London Road against their more illustrious Premier League opponents tonight.

Peterborough took all three points in the following match away at Chesterfield in a 1-0 win in League One, so they’ll head into tonight’s cup replay in good spirits with nothing to lose and a good record under their belts on home turf.

The Posh have lost just once in their last nine at London Road and that was a 1-0 loss to top of the league Burton Albion, but with strikers Maddison and Coulibaly up front, the hosts could cause a few problems here this evening.

Onto West Brom, and they’ll probably be kicking themselves that they didn’t finish off League One outfit Peterborough United on the first time of asking at The Hawthorns as extra games at this point of the season tends to hinder sides in the top flight, especially West Brom as they have one eye on avoiding the bottom three in the Premier League.

A 1-1 draw at home with Swansea City and the weekend defeat away at Newcastle United will have done little to lift their confidence, and I daresay they’ll be looking to kill this tie off tonight without the need to go into extra-time.

The Baggies possess a useful attacking trio of Berahino, Rondon and Anichebe though, so they may well also trouble the scorers at London Road.

Pick: Over 2.25 @ 1.70 Comeon


Leicester City v Tottenham Betting Tips: Over 2.5, 2016-01-20

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Wednesday 20th January 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – FA Cup 3rd Round Replay

Leicester City and Tottenham meet for a third time in four matches when the two Premier League sides do battle once again, this time in the FA Cup third round replay at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday night.

Leicester City were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw away at Aston Villa on the weekend but they can switch off from the pressures of Premier League football this evening as they look to progress in the cup competition against a Spurs side who are also in the frame for european football next season.

Foxes strikers Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez present a real danger up front for the hosts who, incidentally, have lost just once in their last 14 home matches at the King Power, and their best chance of success is to return to their attacking style of football.

Visitors Tottenham bounced back in emphatic style on the weekend as they romped to a 4-1 win over Sunderland at White Hart Lane which ended a run of three matches without a win as they drew with Everton in the league and Leicester City in the FA Cup 2-2 along with a defeat to The Foxes in the league.

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions which should hold them in good stead in tonight’s decider in the east midlands, and with attacking players such as Kane, Dele Alli, lamela and Eriksen, Spurs look good for a goal or two tonight as well.

Both teams will be keen to get this fixture done and dusted within ninety minutes without the need for extra-time or penalties with important Premier League fixtures due this weekend, so I reckon we could see some goals here tonight.

Pick: Over 2.5 @ 1.87 Unibet


Grimsby v Shrewsbury Betting Tips: Both teams to score, 2015-12-07

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Monday 7th December 2015 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – FA Cup 2nd Round Betting Tips

National League outfit Grimsby Town entertain League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town at Blundell Park tonight for the right to progress into the possibly lucrative third round of the FA Cup, where a Premier League club may beckon.

This competition still remains vitally important to the lower league clubs as they look to cash in on a good cup run and none mores than Grimsby Town who have found it difficult to escape out of the non-league top flight since their relegation from League Two. However, The Mariners have enjoyed a more successful campaign so far this term as they currently sit in fourth place having won 7 of their 12 home matches to date.

In addition, only Wrexham with 30 goals have scored more on home turf than Grimsby Town who possess the likes of Amond (14 goals), Bogle (10 goals) and Pittman (3 goals) in their attacking personnel.

Visitors Shrewsbury Town have been handed the unenviable task of trying to get a result away from home up in a cold Cleethorpes on Monday night where a potential banana-skin awaits them and the prospect of crashing out of this year’s FA Cup.

The Shrews have struggled to find any kind of form in League One this season as they currently occupy a lowly 19th place in the English third tier, although they’ve managed to score and concede goals on a regular basis on their travels which is good for my pick tonight.

In addition, they’ve already chalked up a first round win away at Gainsborough Trinity so they’ll fancy their chances in Grimsby tonight too. Shrewsbury also possess some useful attacking talent in the shape of Collins, Kaikai and Barnett and they too could cause a few problems for the home defence.

All in all, this looks a difficult one to call but I’m confident that both teams can score here.

Pick: Both teams to score @ 1.77 Comeon


Lincoln v Tranmere Betting Tips: Both teams to score, 2015-10-27

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Tuesday 27th October 2015 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – FA Cup Qualifier Betting Tips

It’s a quick delve into the most famous competition of all – the English FA Cup and the preliminary rounds are underway with an all-National League tie between hosts Lincoln City and visitors Tranmere Rovers next on my agenda.

Just two league places and just one point separate these two teams going onto tonight’s FA Cup qualifier as both teams have shown some reasonable form in the early stages of the National League season. Lincoln City still remain unbeaten at Sincil Bank with a solid record of  4-4-0  16/8 and have won four of their last five matches overall.

Lincoln’s forwards Rhead (11 goals) and Hearn (7 goals) look the best anytime goalscorer options with defender Beevers being the surprise supplier with 5 assists so far. The Imps have kept just two clean sheets on home turf though in their opening eight matches.

Visitors Tranmere Rovers currently sit in 5th place in the National League as they bid to make a swift return to the football league following their disappointing relegation from League Two at the end of last season.

They too hold a pretty solid record on the road so far this term with stats of  3-5-1  14/9 but they’ve managed just one win from their last four as they drew 2-2 with Wrexham and then suffered back-to-back defeats against Eastleigh and Barrow before turning over National League leaders Forest Green Rovers 2-0 on the weekend.

Rovers striker Mangan (7 goals) heads Tranmere’s goalscoring charts and he’s an experienced campaigner at this level. He’s assisted by Norwood (4 goals, 4 assists) up front, and these two are the usual suspects when it comes to goalscoring for the visitors.

Anything can happen in the Cup as we know, but I fancy both teams to score here tonight as they’re closely matched although the result really could go either way!

Pick: Both teams to score @ 1.83 bet365


Arsenal v Aston Villa Betting Tip Both teams to score, 2015-05-30

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Arsenal v Aston Villa
Saturday 30th May – Kickoff: 1730hrs
Football – England – FA Cup Betting

The FA Cup final may have lost some of the romance and importance in recent times compared to previous generations, but that will certainly not be the case for Arsenal and Aston Villa come 5.30pm on Saturday. Management, staff, players and supporters of both clubs will be feeling a combination of nerves and excitement ahead of the match at Wembley. 80,000 supporters are expected to descend on the national stadium, with the Gunners hoping to retain the trophy they won 12 months ago against Hull, and Villa looking to win their first trophy of any kind since their League Cup triumph in 1996. Although there were 14 places and 37 points separating the two in this season’s Premier League, one-off cup games so often act as leveller and the occasion will also add to that. Arsenal, themselves, know that they will have to be at their best having got a huge fright in last year’s final when going down 2-0 in the first half.

Tim Sherwood was brought in to replace Paul Lambert as Aston Villa manager earlier this year in an attempt to secure the club’s Premier League status. He has achieved that, only just, and led them to their first final in this competition since 2000. It is an exciting end to what has been a pretty underwhelming campaign, but they have shown some of their best form in the FA Cup. What has been in Villa’s favour is the fact that they were drawn at home in all four ties before the semi-final. Narrow wins over Championship clubs Blackpool and Bournemouth were followed by another two close-encounters with fellow Premier League outfits Leicester City and West Brom – the latter of which being a derby. Those successes led them to a clash with Liverpool at Wembley, last month. Many expected them to lose out at that stage but Sherwood’s men turned in the best performance of their season and deservedly won through to Saturday’s final.

Having went nine years without winning a trophy of any kind, Arsene Wenger and his players are on the verge of a second successive FA Cup. It may not be the league title or Champions League, but there is an argument that simply getting into a habit of winning trophies on a regular basis is exactly what is needed for Arsenal before they progress and challenge for those top competitions. The holders have had a couple of frights along the way to the final, including being taken to extra-time by Championship club Reading in the semi-final. Aside from that, Arsenal also had to contend with a trip to Old Trafford in the quarter-final. The man who scored the winning goal that night, Danny Welbeck, will not play any part against Villa on Saturday after picking up an injury. He may not have started but there’s no doubt Wenger would have liked to have had the England internationalist as an option.

If Saturday’s final was to be played on paper then it would likely be another comprehensive win for Arsenal. The North London club have already defeated Villa 3-0 and 5-0 this season, looking far superior in both matches. The latter of those defeats was one of the last games in charge for Lambert so it would be unfair to judge Tim Sherwood’s team on the basis of those performances, but it is the same squad of players and they have to take a lot of responsibility and try to make amends for those heavy defeats by turning in a display worthy of winning their first FA Cup in 58 years.

Arsenal v Aston Villa Betting Tips

I fully acknowledge the difference in quality between these clubs but FA Cup finals are rarely blow-outs. You have to go back to 2004 for a final to have been won by a margin of two or more goals. Since then, there have been four draws after 90 minutes, four 1-0 wins and the other two finishing 2-1. I can see Saturday’s game being a similarly close affair, but I think there is enough to suggest that both teams can get on the scoresheet. For all Villa have looked devoid of ideas going forward at times this season, in Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke they have two attackers who – when on their game – can cause any defence problems. Sherwood has also given his team more freedom to express themselves and in the semi-final they were by far the better team and causes Liverpool a lot of problems in possession and on the counter-attack. Arsenal have no end of attacking options at their disposal but they have shown themselves to be vulnerable on big occasions and their style of play, and approach to the game, means opponents will get chances.

Both Teams to Score 10/11 @ Ladbrokes


Derby County V Stoke City – Pick: Derby ‘DC’ – Saturday, 28 January 2012 (FA Cup)

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Derby County V Stoke City

Saturday, 28 January 2012 – 15:00 GMT

FA Cup Fourth-Round

Everyone has come to terms with the fact Stoke City are now an established Premier League club. There is more chance of them qualifying for Europe than getting relegated, as they shown last season when making it all the way to the FA Cup final whilst securing a satisfactory mid-table league finish. So at odds-against to dump out a team situated slap-bang in the middle of the Championship, we’d be mad not to include them in our weekend accumulators…

Possibly. However, it isn’t though they’re in scintillating form. Nor are they presented with the most straightforward of tasks. It’s just two wins from seven following last week’s surprise home defeat to West Brom, with those two triumphs during an otherwise dismal run coming against struggling Blackburn in the top flight and Gillingham of League Two in the FA Cup. We shouldn’t forget what’s on the horizon, either.

In three weeks time, on February 16, Stoke City welcome La Liga hot-shots Valencia to the Brittania for a Round of 32 Europa League tie. Now that is some distraction, even if there are numerous games to be contested before what is arguably the biggest match – certainly most glamorous – in the club’s recent history.

The Potters are also notoriously poor travellers, although they have improved to some degree this season. Just as well, as in the second half of last season – from January through to May (2011) – Stoke failed to record a single away win, losing seven of ten on the road. What’s more, or worse, is that they failed to even score on seven occasions. With all this mind, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that Tony Pulis’ Potters are the most toothless away outfit in the top flight with only eight scored from their eleven outings so far.

Their opponents are Derby County, a club who have faced just about everyone worth their since the turn of the century. They won’t be phased by Premier League opposition. Whether they can compete with them is another question altogether. On current form however, they just might. Their 0-0 stalemate away to Burnley last weekend put an end to their five-match winning streak, but it was yet another clean sheet for a Rams defence which has gone its previous four games without conceding; they’ve shipped one goal in 9 hours of football, and just two in their last five matches at Pride Park, of which all five were in victory.

There is definitely potential for an upset here, especially if Tony Pulis rotates his squad – and I suspect he might. Stoke’s league form has gone worryingly array over Christmas and arresting that slump, as well as preserving some for crucial upcoming games – like the one against Valencia in Europe – are just some of the reasons why Pulis could rest several. I do stress could, as he is one of a select few managers who shows virtually every competition the utmost respect.

Derby are whacking great odds of 5/2 with BetFred to spring a surprise by winning for the sixth consecutive home game. The draw, meanwhile, is 23/10 with Bet365. I consider both exceptional value, as while Derby are in terrific form – especially on their own patch, they do struggle in front of goal, this against Championship opposition, and so may find breaking down an intimidating Stoke rearguard a stiff ask.

Or, we could combine the two and go with Derby on the Double Chance. We’re a winner provided Stoke don’t win then. That’s 7/10 with StanJames. The same firm also offer odds of 10/1 on a goalless draw. Decent shout perhaps considering the point I made above.

Recommended Bet: Derby County Double Chance @ 7/10 StanJames

Value Bet: 0-0 Draw @ 10/1 StanJames