It’s easy to love the FA Cup, especially if your team is out of contention for anything worth winning in the league, and with the EPL as it is, that’s plenty of people.
Aston Villa (66/1 with bet365 to win the FA cup) have the small matter of a clash in the other cup with Bradford on Tuesday night, that combined with a relegation six-pointer on the horizon against Newcastle means that a very tasty shock might just be on the cards when the host Millwall on Friday night. The betting odds have a Villa win at 9/5 while Millwall getting the better of the Villians is at 6/4, and the score that tickles my fancy is 3-1 to the London side at 22/1 with Bet Victor.
And don’t forget Villa have only won of their last games (as per Monday night).
We want more shocks!
If you want a real shock, why not back Stoke (40/1 to lift the cup) to beat the current league Champions, Manchester (9/2) City. The last times these sides met was in the league at the Etihad Stadium and it was all about City as the Citizens won 3-0 (a repeat of that score is offered up at 16/1) however the last time these sides met up in Stoke (also in the league) the game ended tied 1-1, that suggest that a distracted City might just let the game slip and Stoke could record a momentous 7/2 victory.
There’s also Middlesbrough V Aldershot.
Middlesbrough may be just 100/1 to win the cup while Aldershot are 1500/1 (don’t bet on either) but I feel there’s a bit of cup magic around this fixture. Some might say that I am genetically predisposed to dislike Middlesbrough, but I have sneaky suspicion that they will have their work cut out when the host Aldershot. ‘Boro have lost three of their last four games, while Aldershot are undefeated in their last five. Middlesbrough have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five games, while Aldershot have conceded just one goal in their last four games. It may seem like big fat odds of 11/1, but how else are you going to recoup your losses and buy your wife a tidy pair of posh stilettoes for Valentines Day…by betting on sure things?
OK, if you really want to bet on a sure thing…
Go for Manchester United at Old Trafford against Fulham. It’s silly odds of 2/7 but when you consider that Man Utd have outscored Fulham 13-4 in their last five meetings and have won the last four straight (and easy) you’d be daft to bet against the team at the top of the Premier League. You might want to spread your soccer picks around around as it’ll either be a low scoring game where United grind out a result or a myriad goal beano. I’m putting some money on 1-0 at 6/1, 3-0 at 7/1 and 5-1 at 40/1 for good measure.
For the sake of my mate Stef I’m also going to throw some money behind those Hull City tigers, as they host Barnsley. Hull beat Barnsley 1-0 back in the league and I just have one of those tea-leaf moments when I think they’ll do it again in the Cup.
Hull winning is at 8/11, a draw is at 14/5 and a Barnsley win is at 4/1.
Easy winsIf you want to look at three easy peasy lemon squeezey wins, sit yourself down on Sunday open up a cold one and watch Chelsea beat Brentford (at 3/10) Tottenham beat Leeds (at 5/6) and Liverpool beat Oldham (at 2/7). Stick those three into a parlay and see the money roll in…that’s what I’m doing (partially because that’s the only way that Mrs Richardson will allow me to watch three games in one day.)