Bet UK’s FA Cup Giant Killer Treble
The magic of the FA Cup is all in the lower league sides beating one of the big boys. From Hereford beating Newcastle, to Lincoln beating Burnley en route to the quarter finals, giant killings are one the most exciting parts of football. This year is no different and there are a few potential upsets on the cards in the third round. Bet UK have picked 3 potential upsets to form a Giant Killer Treble, which we’ve boosted for this weekend
Blackburn travel to Newcastle on the back of a 2-1 win over Championship contenders West Brom, after losing their previous 5 games. Rovers might not be in their best form of the season, but they travel to a Newcastle side in the midst of a relegation battle and in some of their worst ever home form. Rafa Benitez’s side have already lost 8 home games this season, only managing 2 wins and a draw in the Premier League. Benitez is notorious for picking and choosing his matches, and with little FA Cup pedigree to go by in recent years, expect a weakened lineup for the home side. Blackburn have advanced to the 4th round 6 times in the last 10 years, compared to Newcastle’s 4, and have pulled off a few shock results. A 4-1 win against Stoke in 2015 and a 1-0 win away at Arsenal in 2013 prove that Blackburn know what they are doing in the cup.
Derby County have been one of the most exciting teams to watch this season with a host of young talent, as well as Frank Lampard at the helm. Southampton on the other hand have struggled to score goals and get results, even after Ralph Hasenhuttl’s appointment. The Saints find themselves in 18th with only 3 wins this season, and just 1 away from home. Derby have only lost twice at home this season and their performances in the EFL Cup have proven that they take domestic competitions seriously. Only a last minute equaliser stopped Derby advancing at Old Trafford, before the Rams eventually won on penalties. Even in their 3-2 defeat at Chelsea, Derby twice fought back to equalise. Lampard had FA Cup success as a player, and he will surely want to repeat his feats as a manager.
Burnley host Barnsley on Saturday, who sit in 4th in League 1 and have a strong chance of promotion this season. The Tykes are on a strong run of form and have won 3 of their last 5, with the other 2 results being draws against League 1’s top 2 sides. Kieffer Moore has led the line with 13 goals in all competitions so far this season and will be looking for a goal against bigger opposition. Burnley are no strangers to a giant killing, and have already been on the end of a shock cup result this season. Sean Dyche’s men lost 1-0 away at Burton in a September EFL Cup tie, so they will be hoping to avenge that defeat. Although Burnley’s home form has been a strong point in recent years, they have lost 6 times at home, so Barnsley could well be in line for number 7.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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