FA Cup 3rd Round Betting Tips
It’s time for one of the football season’s biggest weekends, as we look forward to the 3rd round of the FA Cup. All the big sides are involved at this point, alongside the other sides that have made their way through the earlier qualifying rounds. There’s plenty of high profile matches as well as potential giant killings to look forward to this weekend. For the latest football betting odds on all FA Cup matches, make sure to head over to Bet UK’s online betting.
FA Cup 3rd Round Betting Treble
You’ll rarely see the defending Premier League Champions above evens to win a game in any competition. But, Liverpool head into their 3rd round tie against Aston Villa at 26/25. The last time the sides met it finished 7-2 to Aston Villa, but it’s been clear ever since that that result was a blip for Liverpool. Since that game, they have been beaten just once in the league, and despite all their injuries, it would be a surprise if they were to be knocked out of the FA Cup this early. Both sides will likely field weakened lineups - expect the likes of Jack Grealish and Mo Salah to miss out - but Liverpool’s backup XI should outclass Villa’s.
Again we are sticking with the value bets for the FA Cup 3rd round, this time backing Leicester to beat Stoke at 4/5. The Foxes are flying high at 3rd in the Premier League, just one point away from the top spot. Brendan Rodgers’ side might have the Europa League campaign to focus on in a couple of months, but after being knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the first opportunity, Leicester can afford to put some emphasis on the FA Cup. Expect the likes of Caglar Soyuncu, Ayoze Perez and Cengiz Under to feature against Stoke this weekend, as a second-string side looks to extend Stoke’s winless run.
We’re backing Norwich to overcome Coventry in this all-Championship tie on Saturday. Norwich are the league leaders in the second division and look set to return to the top flight at the first time of asking. Whilst they’ll be focusing on that return, a very winnable game in the FA Cup will also be welcomed by Daniel Farke. Coventry are at the wrong end of the Championship table, currently sitting in 16th and 7 points away from the bottom three. Similarly to Norwich, they will want to focus on the league campaign to ensure they don’t drop down into League One. This is a game that both sides could do without and with plenty of changes expected, Norwich’s superior squad should see them through to Round 4.
Potential FA Cup Giant Killings
The FA Cup is most famous for its giant killings. Whenever a higher league side is drawn against lower league opposition, there are immediate talks of an upset and the ‘magic of the cup’. This year, we’ve picked up three potential games where the underdog could make it to the 4th round.
Bristol Rovers (10/3) v Sheffield United (8/11) - 15:00, Saturday 9th January
This game could either go one of two ways for Sheffield United. It could provide a welcome break from the Premier League, and Chris Wilder comfortably takes his side into the 4th round of the FA Cup. Or, we could see further misery piled on the Blades as League One Bristol Rovers send Sheffield United crashing out of the cup in an embarrassing defeat. The uncertainty around how Sheffield United will approach this game opens them up for a potential giant-killing. All their focus needs to be on the league at this point, and we could see the kids being rolled out just to get this game over with.
Marine (34/1) v Tottenham (1/100) - 17:00, Sunday 10th January
We’d be foolish not to at least discuss Marine v Tottenham on Sunday night. Marine play their league football in the 8th step of the English League pyramid, but they’ll be hosting Premier League Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Marine are the lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition, and any result other than a comfortable Spurs win would be viewed as a success. This match has been picked for TV viewing, which will massively help the club financially in difficult times and adds more to the ‘giant-killing’ fantasy of the FA Cup. This could be one of the most significant results in FA Cup history if Marine manage to pull a win out the bag, and we’re sure they’ll have the full support of all neutrals watching on Sunday.
Newport (19/4) v Brighton (4/9) - 19:45, Sunday 10th January
Another potential giant-killing has been picked for TV coverage as Newport host Brighton on Sunday evening. Newport have developed a reputation for giant killings over the last few years, with a few major scalps to their name. The Welsh side have either drawn or beaten Leeds, Spurs, Leicester, Middlesbrough, Swansea, Watford and Newcastle in the last four years. That’s an impressive repertoire for any side, and Brighton will be hoping they won’t be added to that list. Graham Potter’s side have won plaudits for their playstyle this year, but have failed to pick up results when it mattered. Less than ideal conditions at Rodney Parade will make it difficult for Brighton to play how they would like to, and with one eye on Premier League survival, we could see the League Two side progress.
FA Cup 3rd Round Kick-Off Times
|Wolves v Crystal Palace||8th January||19:45||BT Sport Extra|
|Aston Villa v Liverpool||8th January||19:45||BT Sport 1|
|Everton v Rotherham||9th January||12:00||BT Sport Extra|
|Boreham Wood v Millwall||9th January||12:00||BT Sport Extra|
|Luton v Reading||9th January||12:00||BT Sport Extra|
|Nottingham Forest v Cardiff||9th January||12:00||BT Sport Extra|
|Norwich v Coventry||9th January||12:00||BT Sport Extra|
|Chorley v Derby||9th January||12:15||BT Sport 1|
|Blackburn v Doncaster||9th January||15:00||-|
|Blackpool v West Brom||9th January||15:00||BT Sport Extra|
|Wycombe v Preston||9th January||15:00||-|
|QPR v Fulham||9th January||15:00||-|
|Stevenage v Swansea||9th January||15:00||-|
|Burnley v MK Dons||9th January||15:00||-|
|Bristol Rovers v Sheffield United||9th January||15:00||BT Sport Extra|
|Oldham v Bournemouth||9th January||15:00||BT Sport Extra|
|Stoke v Leicester||9th January||15:00||-|
|Exeter v Sheffield Wednesday||9th January||15:00||BT Sport Extra|
|Arsenal v Newcastle||9th January||17:30||BBC One|
|Brentford v Middlesbrough||9th January||18:00||-|
|Huddersfield v Plymouth||9th January||18:00||-|
|Man United v Watford||9th January||20:00||BT Sport 1|
|Southampton v Shrewsbury||9th January||20:00||BT Sport Extra|
|Crawley v Leeds United||10th January||13:30||BBC One|
|Bristol City v Portsmouth||10th January||13:30||-|
|Cheltenham v Mansfield||10th January||13:30||-|
|Chelsea v Morecambe||10th January||13:30||-|
|Man City v Birmingham||10th January||13:30||-|
|Barnsley v Tranmere||10th January||13:30||-|
|Marine v Tottenham||10th January||17:00||BBC One|
|Newport County v Brighton||10th January||19:45||BT Sport 1|
|Stockport v West Ham||11th January||20:00||BT Sport 1|
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