Another weekend of betting in the FA Cup awaits, and we’re here to offer a helping hand through a competition which can be notoriously difficult when it comes to staking a few quid.
The Premier League clubs seem to prioritise the league, and the lower league sides tend to be focusing on reaching a play-off or promotion spot come May – so where should you put your money?
Fear not, because we’ve got you covered.
The first place to start is Millwall at home to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon at the New Den.
The League One club are currently sixth in the table, and right in the mix for promotion to The Championship. Moreover, whilst Leicester haven’t even managed to score a goal in the Premier League during this calendar year yet, Millwall are a whopping 12 matches unbeaten, and have conceded just five goals during that run.
The Londoners are a tough place to visit at the best of times, but given Leicester’s fight to avoid relegation, a tricky FA Cup tie is the last thing Claudio Ranieri and his squad will want.
We reckon the Italian could field a shadow squad, and with FA Cup betting offering Millwall at 39/20 – almost double your money – it’s just too generous to pass up.
Next up is another Premier League side, Middlesbrough, who host Oxford United, also of League One.
On paper, their usual starting XIs are a miss-match, but similarly to Leicester, Aitor Karanka’s men are just two points above the drop-zone and are unlikely to field a strong team.
On top of that, aside from the FA Cup, Boro haven’t managed a win in the top-flight since a 1-0 victory over Hull City way back on December 5.
Conversely, Oxford are on fire at the moment, and will definitely fancy their chances of claiming a famous victory at the Riverside. The U’s have lost just two of their last 19 matches in competitions – and that includes a stunning 3-0 victory over Newcastle in the previous round of the FA Cup.
At 23/4, that looks like a no-brainer.
Elsewhere, Fulham v Tottenham on the Sunday has a potential for a few goals, and odds of 17/24 for over 2.5 goals isn’t too bad – and neither is Fulham to win at 7/2, given they have home advantage and Spurs will be coming off the back of a trip to Belgium in the Europa League.