FA Cup 3rd Round Tips – 7th to 8th January
Well, there was a nice profit of over £38 in the first set of tips that bridged 2022 with 2023, thanks to my Liverpool v Leicester and Man Utd v Wolves tips coming in and I’m still waiting to hear how the majority of my tips do on the midweek games this week (but we’re already in profit £5 with one left to play).
Frustratingly, I went for a 1-1 draw between Arsenal and Newcastle, rather than just the draw, which would have likely earned me a small profit on the week, but hey ho, I’ve still got three more games to go where I can turn that into a profit.
Then after that we have this set of games which features a selection of games from the Third Round of the FA Cup, which takes place this weekend.
A total of 32 matches featuring all 44 of the teams in the Premier League and Championship, plus the 20 teams that made it through the Second Round of games in the tournament, this is the weekend where teams can make a name for themselves as a giantkiller, and there are number of potential banana-skin games for the Premier League big boys to watch out for this weekend.
There are two big games to watch too including Friday night’s clash between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford, while on Sunday, Manchester City will host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, with Chelsea having appeared in five of the last six FA Cup Finals, and all the last three, but winning just one of those games.
This game will have added spice as the two teams will have played just a few days earlier when they clashed in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.
Let’s take a look now at the games and prediction’s I’ve made for the FA Cup this weekend.
Football Betting Tips: Saturday 7th January
Although we tend to think of West Ham being the dominant team of these two London sides, it is Brentford that have the best recent record, winning all of the last three most recent games between the teams, including a 2-0 league win just a week or so ago at the London Stadium.
In fact, since they returned to the Premier League, Brentford have won all three of their games with West Ham, scoring two in each game and conceding just once across all three games. Given the Bees brilliant 3-1 win over Liverpool on Monday night, Thomas Frank’s players should be confident of getting a result here.
My one concern is whether Frank will rest a bunch of players for this game as while I think Brentford can do without a couple of key men, losing 5 or 6 would really disrupt this team a lot and I feel West Ham may be better suited to win the game if that is the case.
However, my gut feeling is that Ivan Toney will be back from injury for this game and as such, Brentford may elect to rest just a couple of players and I am backing them to get a result against a West Ham side that have been pretty poor for large parts of the season and who have lost all of their last five games.
This may look like a bit of an odd game to pick, especially when there are some all-Premier League clashes, but I have been following the fortunes of Wrexham ever since the Rob McElhenney, Ryan Reynolds takeover and it is intriguing to see how the two Hollywood stars have changed the fortunes and the mindset of the club.
Second in the National League, with a game in hand, and pushing hard to get promotion this year after missing out in the Playoffs last time around, the Dragons are a side who would not look out of place in League Two or perhaps even League One and playing away to Championship Coventry will be a great test for them.
Few clubs have had the tough recent times that Coventry have experienced, especially with all their ground issues, but under Mark Robins they have thrived despite that and they are a talented team, better than their recent results suggest.
Games between these two are not that frequent but do tend to produce goals so I am backing both teams to find the net here but Coventry to end up ultimately as the narrow winners.
Football Betting Tips: Sunday 8th January
These two teams have met 7 times in the FA Cup, Leeds winning four to Cardiff’s three, but overall, the Welsh side have a fantastic record over Leeds, with them winning 16 and drawing 6 of the last 25 games between the two, Leeds winning just three in that period.
Goals should also be on the cards with just one goalless draw between the two since 1964 and the last four games between the two have seen a total of 17 goals scored across three Cardiff City wins and a 3-3 draw in December 2019.
I can see Jesse Marsch perhaps resting some key men for this game as he focuses on Premier League points and survival, but he can’t afford to play too weak a side here as Cardiff are not a bad side, although their recent form and league position suggest that they are going to need a huge effort to land the win here.
This does have the smell of a potential upset but I am not convinced of that, so I am going to hedge my bets here and predict Brendan Aaronson to score a goal at any time for Leeds, which is a very good value bet I believe.
This game is a tricky one to predict for a couple of reasons. Firstly, both teams will have played each other just three days before this game in London in the Premier League and secondly, I think both managers are going to rest some key men for this game, while allowing them the chance to give some talented squad members a game.
Both these teams can make some major changes to their first team without impacting the quality too much and for me, I think Julian Alvarez is certain to start in this game for City, especially after his exploits in the World Cup.
Whether he starts alongside Haaland, I am not so sure, I think he may play up front as part of a three along with Foden and perhaps Grealish or Mahrez, but even so, I do think he is a great bet to score the opening goal of this game.
I am not sure how Graham Potter will approach this with his team or if he will make a number of changes, so I think all things considered, Alvarez to score first is a great value bet.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.