FA Cup Third Round Betting Preview
With the FA Cup already reaching the third round stage this season, we look at Sunday’s fixtures and a quartet of potential FA Cup upsets.
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Potential upsets and Big Odds on FA Cup 3rd Round Sunday 7th January 2018
Newport County v Leeds United
League Two side, Newport, who survived being relegated out of the football league with almost the last kick of the season last year, face Championship club, Leeds United. Newport have enjoyed a much better time this term, sitting in tenth, and have a particularly good home record.
Leeds United arrive at Rodney Parade, sitting sixth in the Championship, so might see the FA Cup as a distraction with chances of promotion in their sights. It’s sure to be an uncomfortable afternoon for Leeds in South Wales, and Newport might just pick up a famous FA Cup scalp.
Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United
Shrewsbury are enjoying a sensational season in League One, sitting just two-points off the top, behind leaders Wigan.
The Shrews have lost three times in their league campaign, only conceding fifteen goals.
They welcome Premier League side, West Ham, who have improved significantly to lift themselves out of the relegation zone, since David Moyes was appointed manager back in November.
With both sides currently in good form, this should be a cracking game – but the confident Shrews will fancy their chances of another famous FA Cup upset. Remember 2003, Nigel Jemson and Everton!
Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon face Tottenham at Wembley Stadium, a venue that Wimbledon sides have enjoyed down the year’s. Perhaps the most famous, and one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup Final history, was Wimbledon’s 1-0 defeat of then, all conquering Liverpool, back in 1988. Since then, the club has reformed as AFC Wimbledon, after the birth of the MK Dons.
The new Dons have risen through the leagues, including two play-off wins at Wembley, but face a battle for survival this season in League One. Their hosts, Spurs, are battling it out in the Premier League for a top-four place, and enjoying a successful season in the Champions League, defeating Real Madrid along the way.
If Spurs are not fully concentrated in dealing with the threat of visiting Wimbledon, the Dons could well walk away from Wembley with another success story to tell.
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Nottingham Forest sacked manager Mark Warburton earlier this week, and the next appointment will be critical for a club that has been underachieving for years. They sit mid-table in the Championship, but have lost 14 of their 26 league games this term.
They welcome Arsenal, who are currently sixth in the Premier League and unbeaten in their last nine games. Arsenal’s record in the competition under Arsene Wenger is pretty impressive, having won it seven times since 1998, and they are the current holders.
That said, there is sure to be goals from two sides who concentrate more on their attacking play than their defensive responsibilities, and a welcome win for the home side cannot be ruled out.
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