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Chelsea v Manchester United Betting Tips: Under 2.5, 2018-05-19

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CHELSEA v MANCHESTER UNITED Saturday 19th May 2018 - Kickoff: 1715hrs Football - England - FA Cup Final Betting Tips It’s an all-Premier League affair in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium with Chelsea making the short journey to Wembley Way to take on Manchester United as both teams head onto the hallowed turf looking for a last chance of grabbing some silverware this season. Chelsea have had to make do with a fifth place finish in the Premier League and will be appearing in the Europa League next season, and the London club appear to be experiencing a similar situation as to that of Arsenal a season ago, which makes me wonder how long manager Antonio Conte will remain at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea seem to be going nowhere right now, and although they possess numerous attacking flair players such as Hazard, Willian, Morata, Moses and Giroud, they haven’t been able to really gel together. This was evident in Chelsea’s final two matches of the season where they could only muster a point at home against Huddersfield Town, and were then soundly beaten 3-0 away at Newcastle United on the final day of the season. The FA Cup final could therefore prove to be Conte’s swan-song for The Blues, but his players should be able to raise their game accordingly for this one - surely! And conte will be keen to get one over Mourinho following their words in the media. Onto Manchester United, and they too produced an unconvincing end to their Premier League season as they picked up just one win from their last three matches of the season; a 1-0 defeat at Brighton, a point in a 0-0 draw away at West Ham before beating a bottom half outfit in Watford on the final day of the season. Jose Mourinho’s teams aren’t known for their swashbuckling attacking approach, rather, he prefers his sides to grind down the opposition and we could therefore be in for a rather dour and dull cup final, but he won’t care as long as his team wins. First choice goalkeeper De Gea is in line to start between the sticks, but striker Lukaku, along with Fellaini and Martial are serious doubts to be fit in time for consideration. If Lukaku is ruled out, Mourinho may well start Sanchez up front on his own and pack the midfield with Lingard in a forward role to support the front man. Either way, I think goals will be at a premium here with both managers desperate not to lose face in this final, rather than push for a win. Pick: Under 2.5 @ 1.60 Marathonbet
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Swansea City v Notts County Betting Tips: 1, 2018-02-06

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SWANSEA CITY v NOTTS COUNTY Tuesday 6th February 2018 - Kickoff: 2005hrs Football - England - FA Cup Betting Tips Swansea City and Notts County do battle once again in this FA Cup fourth round replay, but this time at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium with this encounter being played out between two teams that have found recent form. Swansea’s renewed resilience and character under new manager, Carols Carvalhal, continued on the weekend when they held Leicester City to a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium to earn a valuable point in their quest to avoid relegation from the top flight. It’s now seven matches without defeat in all competitions for The Swans, and they’ll no doubt be looking to extend their recent promising run with this cup tie providing a further chance to boost morale. Notts County survived an early scare against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday afternoon in League Two as they went a goal down early on, but Noor Husin’s wonder strike started the comeback by the hosts, and The Magpies eventually ran out comfortable 4-1 winners which lifted County into a top three spot and one of the automatic promotion places. However, a whole new challenge awaits them in this cup replay, and although they held their own at Meadow Lane, a trip to Wales in midweek is probably not high on Notts County’s manager, Kevin Nolan’s list of priorities as he seeks to guide his side to promotion to the Championship. Notts County’s away form has also improved in recent times as they’ve now lost just once on the road in their last seven league matches, but with automatic promotion now a distinct possibility, I wonder if Nolan will risk the likes of Alessandra (6 goals) and Stead (7 goals) up front here. Swansea’s quality and new found confidence should see them through here. Pick: Swansea City to win @ 1.54 Marathonbet
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Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town Betting Tips: 1 AH0, 2018-02-06

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BIRMINGHAM CITY v HUDDERSFIELD TOWN Tuesday 6th February 2018 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - England - FA Cup Betting Tips FA Cup replays are due to be played this Tuesday night as well, and my next pick features an intriguing contest between Championship side, Birmingham City, and Premier League strugglers, Huddersfield Town, with both respective managers having to balance cup duty with league survival. Birmingham’s impressive turn around in form continued on Saturday afternoon when they romped to a 3-1 win away at Sheffield Wednesday with the hosts having two players sent off, and The Blues have lost just once in their last eight matches overall. League wins over Leeds United, Reading, Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday have been vital to their survival cause, as too have been their FA Cup win over Burton Albion as well as holding Huddersfield Town to a draw at the John Smith’s Stadium. Manager, Steve Cotterill has stated the importance of just keeping winning, so I’m expecting a fighting performance from Birmingham tonight. Huddersfield Town suffered a fourth defeat from their last five matches overall on Saturday when they went down to a 2-0 loss at Old Trafford against Manchester United, and this FA Cup replay may well be a hindrance rather than a boost to The Terriers as the importance of keeping key players fit for their Premier League survival must be at the front of manager David Wagner’s mind heading into this encounter. Indeed, Huddersfield have gained just one win from their last ten matches in all competitions, which was a 2-1 win away from home at Championship strugglers, Bolton Wanderers in the third round of the FA Cup, and along with a 4-1 win at Watford in the Premier League back in mid-December, they’ve been the only highlights to speak of for the visitors on the road this season. Pick: Birmingham City AH0 @ 1.90 Marathonbet
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Reading v Stevenage Betting Tips: 1, 2018-01-16

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READING v STEVENAGE Tuesday 16th January 2018 - Kickoff: 2000hrs Football - England - FA Cup Betting Tips Reading come into this FA Cup third round replay with Stevenage on the back of a disappointing eight match run without a win in all competitions, so the hosts will be keen to get their season back on track by winning this cup tie this evening. It’s been a frustrating run of results for Jaap Stam’s side who now find themselves in the bottom half of the Championship and just five points above the relegation zone following defeats to Ipswich Town, Burton Albion, Bristol City and Birmingham City. The Royals have been very inconsistent throughout this season overall, but this could be a match which could mark a turning point in their season. League Two outfit, Stevenage, did well to hold Reading to a 0-0 draw at their Lamex Stadium but they’re likely to have their work cut out in this cup replay at the Madejski Stadium despite some encouraging results in recent times. A 4-1 home win over Cheltenham Town and a point away at Morecambe in a 1-1 draw in League Two have been enough to prevent Stevenage from being dragged down near the relegation zone as they sit in 15th place in the fourth tier, and they’ve reached the third round of the FA Cup following wins over Nantwich Town in the first round, and a second round win over Swindon Town. However, Stevenage have lost nine of their last ten away from home in all competitions, which includes a 7-1 hammering at the hands of Luton Town back in mid-October. Indeed, this wretched ten-match stretch away from home have seen them ship a total of 20 goals and score just 3 in reply. Pick: Reading to win @ 1.57 Bet Victor
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West Ham v Shrewsbury Town Betting Tips: 1, 2018-01-16

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WEST HAM v SHREWSBURY TOWN Tuesday 16th January 2018 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - England - FA Cup Betting Tips West Ham will be looking to take advantage at home against League One side Shrewsbury Town when the two teams face off again in this evening’s FA Cup replay, following a 0-0 draw at the New Meadow ten days ago. West Ham are really starting to click now under new manager, David Moyes, and this became very evident in their dismantling of Huddersfield Town in a 4-1 win at the John Smith’s Stadium which raised a few eyebrows, particularly in the convincing manner of the victory. The Hammers are now unbeaten in their last five matches overall in all competitions, and they’ll be keen to pit this to bed as soon as possible on Tuesday night in order to avoid any unnecessary extra time. Moyes will be keen to keep the winning feeling going here this evening I daresay. Shrewsbury Town received a dent to their confidence on the weekend when they lost 3-1 away at promotion rivals, Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, and with the chasing pack hard on their heels in the race for an automatic promotion spot in League One, I wonder if The Shrews will be as keen as West Ham in this cup replay. League duties certainly take priority over cup runs these days, but Shrewsbury have been impressive in the FA Cup so far as they’ve disposed of National League side, Aldershot Town 5-0 in the first round, and then took care of League Two outfit, Morecambe 2-0 in the previous round. But they missed their chance of a giant-killing at home ten days ago against West Ham, and with a trip to the capital for this evening’s replay, I feel they may well have missed the boat. Pick: West Ham to win @ 1.62 Bet Victor
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Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle United Betting Tips: 1, 2018-01-16

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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v CARLISLE UNITED Tuesday 16th January 2018 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - England - FA Cup Betting Tips The FA Cup third round replays will be played this week, and my first pick features Championship side, Sheffield Wednesday, taking on League Two outfit, Carlisle United, at Hillsborough with the home side looking for some good news. Sheffield Wednesday earned a good point away from home in the recent Steel derby as they drew 0-0 with rivals Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, and they now return to home turf for Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay in reasonably confident mood after that result. However, Wednesday are without a win from their last four matches in all competitions, but they did register a 3-0 win away at Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Boxing Day which was their last success. Carlisle United have a difficult looking trip ahead of them when they face The Owls at Hillsborough, despite holding the Championship side to a 0-0 draw at Brunton Park ten days ago. Carlisle built upon that impressive result with a 1-0 home win over Crewe Alexandra when they returned to League Two action on Saturday, so they too will have reason to be confident. Carlisle have beaten League One opposition in the first two rounds of this year’s FA Cup with wins over Oldham Athletic 3-2 and Gillingham 3-1, although both wins were secured on home turf to progress to this third round stage. The Cumbrians’ away form of late though has been unconvincing as they’ve won at second from bottom Forest Green Rovers but have suffered defeats at Luton Town and Mansfield Town, and a result at Sheffield Wednesday could just be out of reach. Pick: Sheffield Wednesday to win @ 1.55 Bet Victor
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Shrewsbury Town v West Ham Betting Tips: BTTS, 2018-01-07

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SHREWSBURY TOWN v WEST HAM Sunday 7th January 2018 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - England - FA Cup Betting Tips The third round of the FA Cup continues on Sunday, with more Premier League teams in action against teams in the lower leagues, and my next pick is a real David versus Goliath with League One outfit, Shrewsbury Town, taking on West Ham at the new Meadow Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Shrewsbury Town have confounded all the critics so far this season as they sit in second place in the third tier, just two points behind league leaders, Wigan Athletic, and The Shrews have proved they’re not a flash in the pan as the season has just ticked past the halfway mark. The Shropshire outfit have won their last four league matches on the trot at home, and they’ve picked up clean sheets in the FA Cup first and second rounds with 5-0 and 2-0 wins over Aldershot Town and Morecambe respectively. Look out for forward trio, Whalley, Payne and Morris here. West Ham’s situation has vastly improved under new manager, David Moyes despite a slow start to his reign, as The Hammers have now lost just once in their last seven in the Premier League, which includes a 1-0 home win over Chelsea. However, concerns still remain over West Ham’s performances and results away from home where they’ve managed to pick up just one win from their last eight trips overall, and with the priority being to retain their Premier League status, I fancy Moyes to shuffle his pack for this cup tie as his side are still not out of the woods yet. The Hammers are just two points above the bottom three, and although Moyes runs the risk of a potential banana skin here, the financial rewards for staying in the top flight far outweigh any cup success. Pick: Both teams to score @ 1.90 Marathonbet
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Fleetwood Town v Leicester City Betting Tips: Vardy anytime goalscorer, 2018-01-06

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FLEETWOOD TOWN v LEICESTER CITY Saturday 6th January 2018 - Kickoff: 1245hrs Football - England - FA Cup Betting Tips The third round of the FA Cup continues on Saturday, and the early kick-off features League One outfit, Fleetwood Town, taking on Premier League big boys, Leicester City at Highbury Stadium as the hosts face one of their former players. Fleetwood sit mid-table in League One after what has been an inconsistent first half of the season for the home side who have won nine of their 26 matches played to date in the league. A third round appearance in the FA Cup will be a welcome break from the rigours of league football for the Cod Army who have lost four of their last six. Fleetwood reached the third round of the cup last season but lost to Championship side, Bristol City, and they’ve reached the same stage this season following wins over non-league outfits, Chorley and Hereford respectively. Leicester City ended a dismal run of four matches without a win in the Premier League last time out with a resounding 3-0 home win over Huddersfield Town, and they’ll be in confident mood this Saturday as they make their way up to Fleetwood for this cup tie. Striker, Jamie Vardy, faces one of his former clubs after a brief spell with Halifax Town, and it was at Fleetwood Town where he helped them achieve promotion from the National League and also where he made a name for himself by scoring 31 goals in the 2011/12 season which grabbed the attention of his present club, Leicester City. It’s been a meteoric rise to fame for Vardy whose sheer hard work has paid huge dividends for both himself and The Foxes, and with a goalscoring ratio of almost 1:2, he’s a dangerous commodity in the final third of any pitch he plays on, and looks set to bite the hand that used to feed him! Pick: Jamie Vardy to score anytime @ 2.00 William Hill
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Manchester United v Derby County Betting Tips: Under 3, 2018-01-05

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MANCHESTER UNITED v DERBY COUNTY Friday 5th January 2018 - Kickoff: 2000hrs Football - England - FA Cup betting Tips Not too far away, Manchester United are also in FA Cup action on Friday night when they welcome Championship outfit Derby County to Old Trafford with both clubs taking breaks from their respective top of the table campaigns. United are in a similar position to Liverpool even though they sit in a more favourable second place in the Premier League, they’re still a significant 15 points adrift of their noisy crosstown neighbours and the FA Cup may well provide another avenue for Mourinho’s side to claim silverware this season. With the ever increasing significance of the Premier League (and claiming a top four spot for Champions League qualification), Mourinho is likely to shuffle his pack for this clash. Strikers Ibrahimovic and Lukaku are likely to miss out, while influential midfielder Pogba may be rested. Visitors Derby County are in a similar position in the Championship to Manchester United as they sit in second spot but are 12 points behind midlands rivals, Wolves who sit clear at the top of the second tier. It’s therefore highly likely that manager Gary Rowett may not risk a number of first team regulars for the visit to Old Trafford, as the prize for attaining a place in next year’s Premier League is worth over 100 million pounds, far more than what they’d receive in gate receipts if they went deep into this competition, I daresay. Accordingly, I wouldn’t be surprised if he leaves leading goalscorer, Vydra (14 goals) on the bench for this one, and Rowett will look to keep things tight until perhaps having a go later in the seond half if the scores are level. Pick: Under 3 @ 1.62 Marathonbet
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Liverpool v Everton Betting Tips: BTTS, 2018-01-05

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LIVERPOOL v EVERTON Friday 5th January 2018 - Kickoff; 1955hrs Football - England - FA Cup Betting Tips The third round of the FA Cup starts on Friday night with a real cracker to start the proceedings with a merseyside local derby between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield, as the big guns join the lower league minnows in this round. Being in fourth place in the Premier League and some 18 points adrift of league leaders, Manchester City, Liverpool may be among a few of the top half of the Premier League who will take the FA Cup a little more seriously as another way of securing european football next season. The Reds stand a pretty good chance of going deep into this competition, but they’ll need to be on their game against a keen Everton side here. Liverpool still remain unbeaten on home turf in this regular season as they’ve fought on two fronts to date - league and Champions League, and they’ll need no motivation to be up for this clash either! Although Klopp may rotate his squad, this gives the fringe players a chance to nail down first team places. Everton come into this merseyside derby in much better shape than the start of the season as the incoming influence of manager, Sam Allardyce, has steadied The Toffees ship despite recent back-to-back defeats in the league to Bournemouth and Manchester United. Prior to the defeat at Bournemouth, Everton had put together a more promising run of four matches without defeat which included wins at Apollon in the Europa League, and a 1-0 win at Newcastle United, and they showed greater resilience in their last meeting at Anfield as they held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw. I think this game will be a more open affair, and I can see both teams hitting the back of the net again at good odds. Pick: Both teams to score @ 2.04 Unibet
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