FA Cup Third Round Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
FA Cup Third Round Betting Tips
Many would say the FA Cup Final is the biggest games of the British football calendar year, but the magic of the cup starts much earlier.
The qualifying and first proper rounds have already displayed some exciting ties, and the Third around never fails to deliver.
There are some fantastic ties to look forward to across next weekend, so if you’re interested in some FA Cup betting, we’ve selected our picks of the round as well as highlighting a full set of fixtures.
Friday January 5, 2018
Liverpool v Everton, 8pm, BBC One
The Merseyside Derby is one of the biggest games on the planet and one that really could, on the day, go either way.
Liverpool are huge favourites at 2/ 5, following a run of two straight defeats for Sam Allardyce’s men. Liverpool will likely be without Mo Salah however, while Philippe Coutinho could also be halfway to making a deal with Barcelona.
Everton go into the game at 6/1, while a draw, which Everton earned less than a month a go is priced at 19/5.
Other FA Cup Fixtures on January 5, 2018:
Manchester United (1/ 4) v Derby County (10/1)
Saturday January 6, 2018
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Swansea City, 3pm
Wolves are absolutely flying in the Championship and actually go into the game as favourites (17/20) against Premier League Swansea.
For Swansea, it’s the perfect opportunity for new Manager Carlos Carvalhal to start putting things right. Their win over Watford was a great start and progress in the cup will be a huge boost to confidence. At 16/5 with most bookmakers, we think they’re a good value for an FA Cup free bet, even if Nuno Espirito Santo’s men haven’t lost since October.
Other FA Cup Fixtures on January 6, 2018:
Fleetwood Town (19/5) v Leicester City (13/20), 12.45, BBC One
Middlesbrough (4/ 5) v Sunderland (10/3)
Aston Villa (6/10) v Peterborough United (4/1)
Birmingham City (21/20) v Burton Albion (12/5)
Blackburn Rovers (5/4) v Hull City (2/1)
Bolton Wanderers (12/5) v Huddersfield Town (21/20)
Bournemouth (13/20) v Wigan Athletic (4/1)
Brentford (4/9) v Notts County (5/1)
Cardiff City (8/15) v Mansfield Town (9/2)
Carlisle United (10/3) v Sheffield Wednesday (8/11)
Coventry City (4/1) v Stoke City (6/10)
Doncaster Rovers (6/5) v Rochdale (2/1)
Exeter City (19/5) v West Bromwich Albion (13/20)
Fulham (9/4) v Southampton (21/20)
Ipswich Town (8/5) v Sheffield United (8/5)
Manchester City (1/ 8) v Burnley (16/1)
Millwall (EVS) v Barnsley (13/5)
Newcastle United (4/11) v Luton Town (13/2)
QPR (4/ 5) v MK Dons (3/1)
Stevenage (7/2) v Reading (7/10)
Watford (8/13) v Bristol City (19/5)
Wycombe Wanderers (12/5) v Preston North End (EVS)
Yeovil Town (3/1) v Bradford City (4/ 5)
Norwich City (6/1) v Chelsea (2/ 5), 5.30pm, BT Sport
Sunday January 7, 2018
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal, 4pm, BT Sport
Arsenal go into the tie as one of the FA Cup favourites, and with all the transfer rumours off the field, they’ll be desperate to avoid an upset.
Nottingham Forest are currently managerless, with academy coach Gary Brazil taking over the reins temporarily.
That could help galvanise the club, currently sitting 14th in the Championship. Naturally the Gunners are favourites for the game at 4/9, but Forest could be worth a punt at 5/1, especially if Arsene Wenger tinkers with his team.
A both teams to score bet for Forest will be expected if they have any chance at 8/1, while we’d be more inclined to stay safe on this one and back a 3-0 Arsenal win at 9/1.
Other FA Cup Fixtures on January 7, 2018:
Newport County (18/5) v Leeds United (13/20), 12pm, BBC Wales
Shrewsbury Town (11/4) v West Ham United (10/11), 2pm, BBC One
Tottenham Hotspur (1/10) v AFC Wimbledon (20/1)
Monday January 8, 2018
Brighton v Crystal Palace, 7.45pm, BT Sport
Monday’s tie promises to be a cracker in one of the feistiest derbies in British football.
Both teams are struggling somewhat in the Premier League and a good cup run could give them the impetus to kick on in the league.
Brighton are slight favourites in the M23 Derby at 8/5, with Crystal Palace at 17/10.
When the sides met back in November, they played out a 0-0 draw, but the visitors have picked up somewhat since then and Roy Hodgson is developing the side nicely.
We wouldn’t be surprised if this one goes to a replay, and the odds of 2/1 for the draw could be likely. Goals may come this time round though, so we’ll sit on the fence and back a BTTS draw at 3/1.