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Sutton’s Acca: 6/1 FA Cup Bet – Saturday 26th November

Gab Sutton has five FA Cup picks for his 6/1 acca on Saturday


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Sutton's 6/1 FA Cup Acca

Gab is back with his five FA Cup picks on Saturday

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At 6/1 a £10 bet would return £70

November 26, 2022

3:00 pm BST

Accrington Stanley to beat Barnet – 1/2

Stanley deservedly beat fellow strugglers Cambridge 1-0 in the league last weekend, then won at Grimsby in the EFL Trophy in midweek, and a third straight victory would make a productive week for John Coleman’s side.

They’ve created chances this season but haven’t always had a strong, ruthless goalscoring presence because, at times, all their natural centre-forwards have been either injured or low on sharpness, so Coleman has had to experiment with hardworking midfielder Tommy Leigh up top.

Leigh’s work ethic has been admirable, but he’s not a striker, and while he scored nine goals from midfield last season, they tended to be from late runs, or eye-catching strikers from outside the box, as opposed to the classic poacher strikers.

Korede Adedoyin, though, managed 90 minutes at Blundell Park in midweek, and while it’s far from a given that he can fire consistently at this level, he is at least a natural front man with the raw physical minerals to occupy defenders – and the Nigerian has already scored twice since his move from Sheffield Wednesday.

Barnet are thriving in the National League with three straight wins taking Dean Brennan’s side up to sixth.

They’ll be looking to handle the physical bombardment with a solid back-five, then hit Stanley on the counter with the physicality of Nicke Kabamba and the pace of Idris Kanu.

Barnsley to beat Crewe – 2/5

Barnsley’s could do with a money-spinning FA Cup Third Round tie to create new memories, ideally akin to the magic of 2008, as well as help fund their Play-Off bid.

Michael Duff’s side have a strong first XI, as demonstrated in the 3-1 victory over MK Dons, but there are about seven positions within it where an injury would significantly weaken them with existing available personnel.

Tarn could do with adding some extra depth next month because, with the right additions, they have a great chance of cementing a top sixth berth, as well as enjoying the ride in this competition.

Tom Edwards and Mads Andersen both look confident on the ball in defence, Luca Connell brings boundless energy in midfield, where Herbie Kane has forged an excellent left-sided trident with Nicky Cadden and Liam Kitching.

With alternative options limited, barring Josh Benson in midfield and James Norwood in attack, Duff might be tempted to stick with a similar XI to the one that comprehensively defeated MK and attack the opportunity for back-to-back wins.

Crewe have improved under caretaker Lee Bell, achieving three straight 1-0 wins in all competitions, but the football hasn’t always been pretty this season, and it’s hard to see them making much of an impression at Oakwell.

If they do get a result, it’ll likely be an unCrewelike smash-and-grab job, but the smart money is on the Reds securing passage to Round Three.

Forest Green to beat Alvechurch – 1/3

Forest Green need to rediscover that winning feeling: they’ve only tasted it three times this season in League One, where they currently find themselves six points adrift of safety.

Head Coach Ian Burchnall replaced Graham Potter at Ostersund, and nobody does that without being an excellent coach: some of his ideas in possession are very innovative.

The main problem Burchnall has encountered at The New Lawn, as well as injuries and the broader challenge of stepping up to a new level, has been the shortage of some firmer ideas of how to work against the ball.

The Green Devils want to dominate the ball, but because they don’t engage very high, they are receiving it in deeper positions and therefore have to do a lot more work to unlock their opponents.

However, it’s possible that facing a deep-block opponent from the Southern League Premier Division Central (seventh-tier), the absence of a stronger pressing strategy won’t be as much of a problem.

Plus, Dylan McGeouch impressed in the EFL Trophy in midweek and could strengthen the Nailsworth outfit in midfield, as they seek to go right where Gloucestershire rivals Cheltenham went wrong in the First Round.

Portsmouth to beat MK Dons – 3/4

MK Dons had hinted at a revival by thrashing Taunton Town 6-0 in the First Round of this competition, then comfortably beating Morecambe 2-0 in the EFL Cup.

Those cup wins followed four points and two clean sheets from league trips to Charlton and Cheltenham, so some of the MK Army had hoped Liam Manning’s side had turned a corner.

Instead, they lost 3-1 at Barnsley and relied on a moment of clinical finishing from Mo Eisa to even get on the scoresheet in South Yorkshire.

18 months ago, MK Dons’ midfield had been the most notable facet of their team, but now, it’s their biggest weakness.

A midfield pairing of Josh McEachran and Bradley Johnson gives the Buckinghamshire outfit very little mobility, and Manning is reluctant to grant supporter wishes for more opportunities for Dawson Devoy, who arrived in the summer with glowing reviews from Ireland.

It has been very difficult to serve the front three without a dominant aerial presence at the back or any sort of energy, dynamism, or control in midfield.

The issues in midfield have forced Dean Lewington, Warren O’Hora and Henry Lawrence to play hopeful long passes for Eisa or Louie Barry to chase.

Barry is a lively, supremely talented forward, but he’s at his best when operating as an inside forward, combining closely as part of a front-three, as opposed to hugging the touchline, but he is at times almost forced to do the latter because of issues elsewhere.

The good news for Portsmouth is that they are much stronger in midfield, now the likes of Marlon Pack and Tommy Lowery are back in contention for Danny Cowley’s side.

Pompey are unbeaten in eight in all competitions, and if they can get Colby Bishop or Dane Scarlett back into form, they will turn a few more of the recent draws into wins – one of which coming on Saturday.

Sheffield Wednesday to beat Mansfield – 4/9

Sheffield Wednesday have the strongest squad on paper in League One, and the depth available to Darren Moore is a huge advantage when competing on multiple fronts.

The Owls have their eye on a top-two berth in the league, for which they are competing primarily with Ipswich and Plymouth Argyle, but Moore can still shuffle the pack and have joy in this competition.

We could see Will Vaulks, Mallik Wilks, Lee Gregory, and Callum Paterson come into Wednesday’s XI – each of whom having significant Championship experience.

Mansfield, meanwhile, have seen their league performance drop off in recent weeks: it’s just one win in six domestically for the Stags, that coming at strugglers Rochdale.

Nigel Clough has a good core of experienced League Two players at his disposal, but they are missing an injection of energy, dynamism and youthful exuberance, which could be a problem at Hillsborough, seeing as they are likely to spend more time without the ball.

We could see a comfortable victory for the hosts.

Betfair Acca

Accrington Stanley to beat Barnet – 1/2

Barnsley to beat Crewe – 2/5

Forest Green to beat Alvechurch – 1/3

Portsmouth to beat MK Dons – 3/4

Sheffield Wednesday to beat Mansfield – 4/9

£10 bet returns £70.78!

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Sutton's 6/1 FA Cup Acca

Gab is back with his five FA Cup picks on Saturday

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At 6/1 a £10 bet would return £270

November 26, 2022

3:00 pm BST


* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.


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