January 5, 2014

FA Cup Third Round Betting Tips

FA Cup BettingMark Rawlinson

The third round of the FA Cup continues on Sunday afternoon with six more matches, including Derby County v Chelsea and Manchester United v Swansea City.

There were a couple of giant-killings on Saturday afternoon and a few Football League sides will be fancying their chances of causing an FA Cup upset of their own on Sunday.

Nottingham Forest v West Ham

Championship play-off chasers Nottingham take on relegation-troubled West Ham who will be concentrating harder on retaining their Premier League spot than a run in the cup.

Forest currently sit fifth in the Championship and are unbeaten in eight and boss Billy Davies will have striker Darius Henderson back from suspension for the game. Midfield duo David Vaughan and Djamel Abdoun remain doubts for the game though.

The Hammers’ form couldn’t be any different, apart from their League Cup quarter-final win over Tottenham, you have to go back to November 30th for their last Premier League win.

Kevin Nolan begins his four match ban after lashing out at Fernando Amorebieta at the weekend which means Sam Allerdyce may be forced to field a number of youth players due to the club’s crippling injury list.

The last met in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 2011 where West Ham ran out 3-2 winners but they are the outsiders for this one, with Bet Victor offering the best odds of 29/10.

My BET OF THE DAY is on a Forest win, albeit with fairly short odds of 11/10 from Paddy Power.

This match is live on ITV1 from 12pm.

Derby County v Chelsea

2012 FA Cup winners Chelsea face a tricky tie against in-form Championship side Derby County on Sunday afternoon.

Following their nine game unbeaten run, Steve McClaren’s Derby side came crashing back down to earth on Wednesday when they were beaten by Wigan Athletic.

Striker Johnny Russell fractured his cheekbone in that match so is ruled out whilst midfielder Craig Bryson faces a late fitness test with a calf injury.

Visitors Chelsea are unbeaten in five in the league and David Luiz is available for Jose Mourinho after missing New Year’s Day’s 3-0 win over Southampton.

The Blues are 9/20 favourites with Bet Victor whilst Betfred offer the best value on a Derby win at 7/1.

You can catch this one live on BT Sport 1 from 2:15pm.

Liverpool v Oldham Athletic

Liverpool have the opportunity to make amends for their FA Cup disaster last season when they face the side that dumped the out at this stage 12 months ago in one of the biggest upsets in recent years.

The big difference is they are at home this time, and should be comfortable winners. After a busy festive period, Brendan Rogers is likely to rest a number of his key players, and give fringe players such as Victor Moses and Luis Alberto a start.

Steven Gerrard could also feature as he looks to regain full match fitness following a lay-off with a hamstring injury.

Oldham snatched a 3-2 win over the seven times FA Cup winners at Boundary Park this time last year under Paul Dickov. They are now managed by Lee Johnson and he could hand debuts to three new signings, loanees David Worrall and Gary Hawkins and defender Adam Lockwood who joins from Conference North side Guiseley.

As you’d expect Liverpool are huge 1/7 favourites with Paddy Power but if you fancy an extremely outside bet on an even bigger Oldham upset, the Stan James provide odds of 22/1 on the Latics winning.

Manchester United v Swansea City

Manchester United will be looking to make amends for their 2-1 defeat at home to Tottenham on Wednesday as they host fellow Premier League side Swansea City.

United have won the FA Cup 11 times but haven’t tasted success in the competition since 2004. David Moyes will have to pick his squad carefully, with the Capital One Cup semi-final against Sunderland taking place just two days later.

Strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney remain sidelined so Javier Hernandez could be called up. Ashley Young is also ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Swansea City have are on a winning drought of seven games and Michael Laudrup will be without Michu, Michel Vorm and Nathan Dyer whilst Pablo Hernandez and Leon Briton are both doubts.

Paddy Power offer the best odds on a United win at 1/2 whilst Betfred provide the best value on a Swans win at 7/1.

This game is live from 4:30pm on BT Sport 1.

There are two other FA Cup games taking place on Sunday as League One Carlisle travel to Sunderland and Port Vale host Plymouth. You can see the latest odds from these matches with BritBets by clicking HERE.

You can also claim free bets with Betfred by clicking HERE.

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