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BEN'S BETS - FA CUP FIRST ROUND

7 November 2014


This Weekend’s action in the Sky Bet Football League is restricted to the Championship as the FA Cup takes centre stage for those in Leagues One and Two.

But fear not, Ben’s Bets is still going to find three selections from the weekend football coupon.

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The FA Cup is world famous and renowned for its upsets as those from lower leagues defeat those from the division above.

So, for three pics I have decided to choose one match from the Championship and two from the first round of the greatest cup competition.

In order to keep the theme of the ‘upset’ going, I’ve picked a side from the Championship who are outsiders in their fixture.

Leeds United are currently sat rock bottom of the form table with just three points from their last six.

They, like their opponents Blackpool, are struggling at the moment and coming off the back of draws in midweek.

Both sides will feel that Saturday’s game could act as a turning point for their entire season and with Blackpool racing to a 2-0 lead in midweek against a very good Fulham side I am going to be backing the extra value in the away side.

Lee Clarke has a very robust style of football and Yeovil fans know all about Ishmael Miller’s abilities up front.

Leeds are struggling in defence and goals are hard to come by at the moment, if Blackpool can keep their creative midfield quiet then they could spring a surprise.

Blackpool to beat Leeds at 15/4

Into the FA Cup then and there are so many exciting ties in the offing this Saturday and I think I’ve found two ‘giant killings’.

Firstly, Grimsby Town of the Vanarama Premier League face an Oxford side who are struggling away from home.

Grimsby gained an impressive win at Braintree this midweek and being back at home could suit them even more.

Oxford have only won once away from home in their last six away trips and with one eye checking over their shoulder at the League Two drop zone, the cup might not be at the top of the priority list.

Grimsby to beat Oxford at 13/10

Secondly, Bristol Rovers travel to Tranmere Rovers and the play-off chasing non leaguers are the pick against a League Two side who will definitely be more concerned with keeping their Football League status.

Bristol Rovers are good on the road this season too having won three of their last five on the road and drawing the other two.

Tranmere are without a win in that time frame and are only kept off the foot of the table by virtue of Hartlepool’s horrendous goal difference.

Bristol Rovers to beat Tranmere Rovers at 21/10

With these three selections offering significantly larger odds than I’m used to tipping I’m going to make a suggestion that you split your stake between doubles and the accumulator.

The treble itself pays over 32/1 so maybe consider a slight reduction in stake.

I’ll be using £1.25 double and £1.25 treble just in case one side lets us down!

Even at those levels, if we are correct on all three, we can still expect returns of over £80
 
Yeovil Special.

The Glovers are in FA Cup action too this weekend with a home tie against Crawley Town.

Crawley bring ‘player of the month’ nominee Gwion Edwards to town, the Red Devils will be hoping he’ll be keep banging in the goals.

For Yeovil, off the back of a good clean sheet, they’ll be hoping to get firing at the other end, that could come from the experience of James Hayter who could well be back in the starting line-up following Kieffer Moore’s injury reoccurrence.

Sky Bet offer a combined price for ‘anytime goal scorers’ coupled together.

Edwards and Hayter to both score at any time – 10/1.

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Odds correct at time of writing, subject to change.
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