FA Cup Football Tips: 7th & 8th January

FA Cup Tips & PredictionsMy last round of football tips hit profit after only three of the games were played and I’m hoping to carry on making you money with my FA Cup football tips and predictions or this weekend (7th & 8th January).

The 3rd round of the FA Cup means a real mix of fixtures and of course, the very real prospect that some of the bigger and lower priced teams, will rest key men for these games.

I’ll be taking that into account with my betting tips which are listed in full below:

FA Cup Tips: Saturday 7th January

Manchester United v Reading

Manchester United are on something of a hot streak at the moment, winning their last six Premier League games to close the gap on the top six while putting distance between them and Everton in 7th place in the table. That said, I fully expect Jose Mourinho to rotate his squad here for the FA Cup clash with ex-United defender Jaap Stam’s Reading side.

Unsurprisingly, the bookmakers are heavily behind United as even with key players rested, the home side should be far too strong for a Reading side that are going very well in the Championship.

This is a match that I could have gone for several bets, backing United to win to Nil for example, or United to win both halves, but having viewed the odds of these options, I think there is a better bet available.

Marcus Rashford has made telling contributions from the bench in his last few games and the youngster will, I believe, start against Reading. He is long overdue a goal for United this season and I think he is certainly due to grab one. A home game against lower league opposition is the perfect opportunity for him.

As such, I’m going to back Rashford to score anytime at 7/6 (2.16) with 888Sport (treble odds on your first bet for all new customers).

Everton v Leicester City

This is a game where I think both managers will decide to rest a few key players after a busy Festive period of games. While I think both would like a cup run, and certainly fans of the teams would enjoy it, I think the League remains a priority for both.

If either manager is likely to play a stronger team, I think it would be Ronald Koeman. Home advantage and the fact Everton have no other trophy to aim for realistically this season may put pressure on the Dutchman to pick a strong side here. I can see him playing the majority of his first team but I do think a couple of older players, Barry, Jagielka and Baines for example, could be rested.

Leicester’s situation is more complex with Champions League involvement still at the forefront of their mind, plus ensuring they don’t get dragged into a relegation battle too. Those two factors mean that I can see Claudio Ranieri ringing plenty of changes here and I think that firmly hands Everton the advantage.

You can get Everton to win at even money (2.0) with Betfair and I think that is a decent price given the improved form shown by the Toffeemen in recent games.

West Bromwich Albion v Derby County

If there is a game between Premier League and Championship teams that has the potential to cause an upset, WBA v Derby is perhaps one such match. However the Baggies come into this on the back of some great form against a Derby side whose unbeaten record over the past 10 games was smashed 3-0 by Norwich City on the 2nd January.

That said, Tony Pulis will fully understand the toll that the busy Christmas period has put on his squad and with Premier League his main focus, I do expect him to give some key players, especially those in midfield, a rest.

I think Derby’s case to rest players is equally compelling with the Rams keen to push on into the promotion picture in the Championship. Steve McLaren may well view the FA Cup as a bit of an unwanted distraction away from that goal and as such, again it would not surprise me if a couple of Derby players were rested.

Given that there are so many variables in play here, I think a more general bet is likely to be the wisest move here and for that I am going to take the Both Teams to Score – Yes option at evens (2.0) with Betvictor.

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Liverpool v Plymouth Argyle

I fully expect Jurgen Klopp to rest some key men in this game, especially following a very hectic New Year period with two games in three days and several players carrying slight knocks, plus Sadio Mane now away on international duty.

Plymouth on the other hand will likely play a full strength team as the team that are currently second in the League Two table will face a long trip north for this third round clash.

What we then have here is a match between a team that does not possess the best defence and likely to be under-strength against a lower league side with nothing to lose, second in their division and who will certainly cause the home side a few problems when they push forward.

Having said that, I do expect Liverpool to win the game and so do the bookmakers as the home side are heavily odds on. However, do I think Liverpool will win this game comfortably without conceding? I’m not too sure. Several lower league sides in the past have scored at Anfield in the cup and I can see Plymouth doing exactly the same.

Given the uncertainty over who Klopp will pick for this game, I’m going for a more general bet than I normally would and I’m taking the somewhat generous 13/10 (2.30) on offer with Bet365 on both teams scoring.

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