The FA Cup 3rd round is upon us and it is a great time for big shocks and big returns. With a midweek round of Premier League games following the FA Cup, Kurt Bristoll’s betting tips for this week are bumper-sized to help you get the most for your money.
Aston Villa vs Wycombe Wanderers – Wycombe to win
I’m going to predict the first giant killing of the third round of the FA Cup at Adams Park on Saturday, where League 2 side Wycombe Wanderers host a struggling Aston Villa team. After just missing out on promotion last year, Wycombe have had a fairly good start to the season, and once again find themselves in a play-off position. Aston Villa, on the other hand, are having a terrible season; they are struggling for goals and points, and are odds-on favourites to be relegated this season, having not won a game since they beat Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup on the 22nd September. Remi Garde will be looking ahead to Tuesday’s game with Crystal Palace and will rest a few here, and so I feel Wycombe may help that winless streak continue a bit longer and inflict more misery on Aston Villa.
Wycombe to win – 11/4 with PaddyPower
Oxford United vs Swansea City – Oxford to win
This has the potential to be one of the biggest shocks of the third round. Oxford are flying high in League 2, currently in third place and just three points off top. Swansea, meanwhile, are having a season that nobody expected them to have – the Swans sit in 17th place in the Premier League, just two points outside of the relegation zone. Oxford have three wins and two draws in their last five games at home, whereas Swansea have just one draw and four losses in their last five away games. On Wednesday, Swansea find themselves in a clichéd ‘six pointer’ match against Sunderland and may be more focused on that, allowing Oxford to potentially snatch a place in round four.
Oxford to win – 3/1 with William Hill
Manchester City vs Everton – Man City to win and both teams to score
Man City managed a late turnaround at Watford last week to start their 2016 off in a positive manner, and I expect it to continue as they host Everton in the midweek Premier League matches. City are still in the chase for the Premier League title, and with Aguero back and amongst the goals again, it will be difficult for any side to get points against them. Their opponents, Everton, have failed to impress this season, currently in 11th with just one win in their last five games. Despite
that, however, they are the third top goalscorers in the division – behind Man City and Leicester – so expect there to be a few goals in this one, but for City to come out on top.
Man City to win and both teams to score – 9/5 with William Hill
Tottenham vs Leicester – Tottenham to win
Tottenham and Leicester will go head to head on Wednesday night in the Premier League, just three days after they meet each other in the FA Cup. Tottenham are having a solid season so far; they’re in fourth place, just six points behind leaders Arsenal, and have only been beaten twice all season. Not to be outdone, Leicester have had an incredible start to the season and will hope they can finish it in the same manner. Tottenham go into this clash with three wins and a draw in their last four games, whereas Leicester have only managed two draws and a loss in their last three, failing to score in all three of those matches. This could finally be the time that we see Leicester hit a bad patch, and I think Tottenham will take advantage of that.
Tottenham to win – 4/5 with Coral
Liverpool vs Arsenal – Arsenal to win
8th placed Liverpool host league leaders Arsenal on Wednesday in a match that neither team can afford to lose. Arsenal have Leicester and Man City chasing them for first place, while Liverpool need to stay in contention for the European places. Liverpool have been very hit and miss this season and can’t seem to go on a run of form; in their last five games, they have two wins, two losses and a draw. On the other hand, Arsenal are having a great season, currently top and have a great opportunity to finally win the Premier League again. They have won four out of their last five games, and will go into this with a lot of confidence and belief after the way they have been playing lately.
Arsenal to win – 8/5 with PaddyPower
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