Football League teams primed for FA Cup upsets


The most famous cup competition returns for another explosive round of fixtures this weekend – and we’ve dug up a trio of games that could the see emergence of new Premier League giant killers.

The most likely candidates to cause an upset are Wycombe Wanderers, who welcome a down-and-out Aston Villa side to Adams Park at lunch-time Saturday. Villa are odds-on to be relegated from England’s top flight this campaign and haven’t won a competitive fixture in 15 games – and that was a slender 1-0 win against Birmingham in the League Cup.

Wanderers are 13/5 with Marathonbet to win the clash outright while the visitors are 117/100. We suspect new Villa boss Remi Garde will want to preserve all energy for a miracle revival in the Premier League and rest some key players for this tie, so the selection is Wycombe Wanderers to qualify for the next round at 41/20.

The late-kick off tomorrow features struggling 11-times FA Cup winners Manchester United and a Sheffield United side with a 100% record in all competitions from December. A second-round FA Cup win against Oldham and three successive League One victories meant it was a very merry Christmas for the Blades.

United meanwhile failed to win in six games throughout December – the pressure on gaffer Louis Van Gaal now more acute than ever. A 2-1 home victory against Swansea on January 2 eased the load but expect a tense and nervy atmosphere at the Theatre of Dreams tonight. The selection is Sheffield United to win or draw at 113/50.

Elsewhere Exeter City welcome Liverpool at St James Park tonight, with the League Two hosts a big 61/10 with Marathonbet to win outright and Liverpool clear favourites at ½.

Exeter’s price may not be big enough to tempt punters to back the underdogs considering Liverpool have won all six previous meetings between the two sides since 1950, however Jurgen Klopp is facing somewhat of a dilemma right now after losing no less than seven players to hamstring problems in recent weeks.  Expect Coutinho, Lovren, Sturridge, Origi, Rossiter, Skrtel and Ibe all to be absent.

Despite a depleted side, Liverpool should have enough in the locker to see off an Exeter side that’s languishing mid-table and can take solace from clocking hard-fought away wins at the like of Stoke and Sunderland in recent weeks. Liverpool to win by one goal looks tasty at 67/25 with Marathonbet.

Back all the above selections in a tasty treble at a mega 40/1!a

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