6th Jan 2018 | FA Cup
FA Cup Favourites Acca
4 of these sides should beat lower league opponents with Manchester City completing the set at home to Burnley. Tempting at double figure odds.
Having focused on some of the likely upsets in the FA Cup 3rd round, we’ve put some of the sides who shouldn’t slip up together in an accumulator as well.
Back wins on Saturday for Man City, Watford, Huddersfield, West Brom and Sheffield Wednesday at odds of 10/1 with BetFred and get your money back as a free bet if one leg lets you down.
Man City v Burnley:
Sean Dyche is talking about resting his over-achieving first team despite the threat of relegation having all but disappeared. In a battle between the reserves, Man City clearly still have the advantage and they will value the FA Cup as part of a potential double, treble or even quadruple.
Watford v Bristol City:
At another time I would have been eyeing up Bristol City again here but the Championship high-flyers are running on empty and lost 5-0 to Villa last time out. They have bigger fish to fry with both a promotion bid to sustain and a League Cup semi-final with Man City just days away. Watford should get a morale-boosting victory to help them get back on track.
Bolton v Huddersfield:
This could be the riskiest part of the acca because Huddersfield will no doubt rotate the squad like everyone else and they don’t have much depth. But Bolton arguably have greater relegation fears and more reason to rest key personnel. Town are considerably better on paper than their hosts and that isn’t reflected in their odds-against price (23/20).
Exeter v West Brom:
Others will have this one down as another upset candidate given West Brom’s poor Premier League results but Exeter are just a slightly better than average League 2 side who don’t win many more than they lose. Unlike many other top flight bosses, Pardew can’t afford to write this one off because he is desperate for his first win at the club.
Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday:
Finally we back a struggling Championship side to beat a mid-table League 2 outfit who have lost their last 2 fixtures at their level. The game-changer here is that Wednesday appointed a new manager on Friday. Jos Luhukay won’t have generated much excitement at Hillsborough but the former Hertha Berlin man’s arrival signals to players that they are now playing to impress. A bounce of some sort is likely.
Odds correct at time of publishing: 09:40 6th Jan, 2018 but subject to change