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Five FA Cup Bets To Make Your Weekend More Interesting

Five FA Cup Bets To Make Your Weekend More Interesting

The magic of the Cup!

We've had an admittedly slow start to our tips in 2017. We got slightly back on track with our Premier League column a couple of weeks ago though, so we're aiming to put some more cash in your pocket with the 'minefield' of the FA Cup last 16. Ladbrokes have some pretty good odds on offer for the matches, so let's get cracking.

The Balls.ie Football Show Bet of the Week.

Millwall to beat Leicester with both teams scoring @ 5/1

The Lions may be two divisions below the Premier League champions, but they haven't lost since the 17th of December (6 wins, 4 draws) and are scrapping for a playoff spot in League One.

Leicester have only won once since then. This is their best chance to win some silverware (barring a miracle run in the Champions League knock out stages).

Neil Harris' side have kept four consecutive clean sheets. Claudio Ranieri is coming under more and more pressure. Last season, he thrived under it, but not this year. We think the Foxes will score - but Lions eat Foxes.

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Huddersfield and Man City to draw @ 15/4

Hear us out.

Who tops the form table in English football over the last eight games? Chelsea? No. Everton? No. Man United? Nope.

That'd be Huddersfield Town of the Championship. They've stormed their way up to 3rd in the table, despite David Wagner scrapping with everyone along the way. One loss since the 2nd of December is an unbelievable record when you consider how mental the Championship is.

Pep Guardiola has recovered well from being mauled by Everton this time last month. We doubt he'll put a weak team out. He can't afford to, because the Terriers's bark is as bad as their bite

Chelsea to win by two goals @ 3/1

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Wolves haven't been the steadiest in the Championship of late with just two wins so far in 2017. They haven't been scoring at Molineux either, finding the net just once so far in the New Year.

Chelsea don't have that problem. Burnley were able to frustrate them in the league last weekend and if Wolves follow the Sean Dyche tactic then they might have a chance of causing another upset.

But we don't think they will. Chelsea are marching towards the Premier League crown and they're looking like they'll do the same in the Cup.

Fulham and Spurs to produce over 3.5 goals @ 13/8

Fulham have scored in 11 consecutive home games. Their last two outings at Craven Cottage have been 3-2, and over half of their games in London have seen over 3.5 goals.

Spurs went goal crazy over the Christmas period but they've dried up a little bit since then. They were flat in the league defeat to Liverpool as they fell further and further behind Chelsea at the top of the table.

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Similar to the other North London side, they need to come out and make a statement. We don't want to predict a winner, so we've again turned to the goal markets.

Scorer Acca: Diego Costa, Sergio Aguero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Dele Alli all to score @ 14/1

Doubling down on the 'big four' Premier League sides in action.

We've already told you why Chelsea will win by two. It's just a question of who gets their goals. Chelsea have no other commitments to worry about, so we expect a full strength side from Antonio Conte.

Sergio Aguero will come back into the Man City starting side due to the injury to Gabriel Jesus. There's a lot of questions about him these days, but he's still City's all time top scorer in the Premier League and knows how to grab a goal.

Zlatan scored a hat trick mid week, will probably start. If he starts on Sunday, he scores.

Which brings us to Spurs at Fulham. Harry Kane hasn't been setting the world on fire. Instead the burden has been falling to the likes of Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli to create chances and find the net. Simply because he's better odds, we've gone for the youngster to score.

This weekend, Ladbrokes are offering double odds in store on Wolves vs Chelsea on Saturday evening, as well as Fulham vs Spurs and Blackburn vs Man United on Sunday.

 

David Kent

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