FA Cup 3rd round day is a special day for Fat Barry; a game in which he has played many times throughout his playing career. These days our resident bookie has swapped his once skin tight Admiral Shirt for his sheepskin jacket and he hopes to make you all some money with some tips for this afternoon's football.
It is the FA Cup 3rd round and what use to be a monumental time in the football calendar, seems to have lost its magic of late due to the way certain clubs treat the competition with such contempt and with many fielding their second string. It use to be a David and Goliath time and it is fair to say that the bookies odds pretty much reflect that as you will undoubtedly see today.
I don't know how many QPR fans woke up this morning with dreams of turning over Chelsea today at Stamford Bridge, but if you are of the belief you can, you will happily find odds of 16/1. I honestly cannot see anything but a home victory but for those Rangers fans who can see them taking Chelsea back to Loftus Rd as a distinct possibility; the 11/2 for the draw could represent good value.
The the tie of the round is undoubtedly at Villa Park. Manchester United has a fabulous record at this ground in both league and cup games. Fergie always takes the FA cup seriously and the 5/6 on them to win; looks rather generous to me.
The shock result of the weekend could see Newcastle actually winning a game. It will be an extremely tough tie against an inform Stoke side but at 13/10 represents good value. Michael Owen at 11/2 to score the first goal is also a decent price.
In other games I see nothing short of a comprehensive win for Liverpool which just leaves me with which score to predict. I would plump for a 3-0 victory at 7/1. If Peter Crouch starts, I would have him to score the first goal at 4/1 or you can combine by both bets at 30/1
There are a few sides you may want to consider if you are looking for your trebles and you may get reasonable odds on the following sides to cause an upset – Coventry, Peterborough, Bristol City, Hereford and Sheff Utd.
Fat Barry's Bets
A £10 bet on 3 wins, will pay in the region of approx £75