Fat Barry’s Bets: Tottenham stalement, Everton upset, Arsenal victorious

Fat Barry has been given the dreaded vote of confidence at Football FanCast and like Avram Grant at West Ham, is unsure of his future and may be in the dole queue with Andy Gray and Richard Keys in the coming weeks. A combination of poor results and an illicit affair with one of our secretaries has meant he is holding on to his job by the shortest of threads and needs some of his football betting tips to come good if he is to stay out of the firing line.

It’s FA Cup time this weekend as we move swiftly into the fourth round and the bookies will be hoping that there can a be a few more cupsets in the vein of Stevenage, Crawley and Notts County from the third round.

If you’re looking for an upset then you’re not going to find many better odds this weekend than those you can get on Southampton beating Manchester United. No Premier League team has been able to beat United in the Premiership this season, not even Blackpool, so wouldn’t it be ironic if the Saints joined West Ham in defeating Sir Alex Ferguson’s men. Southampton are definitely worth a cheeky bet at 7/1.

FA Cup upset prediction number two comes in the form of Everton v Chelsea. My money’s on Everton for the cup this year (keep that between you and me) and with Chelsea having demolished Bolton earlier in the week, the Blues are heavily fancied. So the real value is with the Toffees, and at 13/5 it may be worth sticking a few quid on David Moyes’ men.

Having made the final of the Carling Cup already, Arsenal will be looking to haul in plenty of silverware this season after a five year draught. League One outfit Huddersfield are unlikely to stand in their way and although there’s little value in backing Arsene Wenger’s men for the win, you might be tempted to go for the correct score market, with Arsenal 9/1 to win 3-1.

The last thing you’re getting from me this week is a prediction for the Fulham v Tottenham match on Sunday. I’m going to sit on the fence and go for a draw, with a replay the last thing Harry Redknapp wants as Spurs’ fixture schedule gets more congested with the Champions League knockout stages starting last month. You can get the draw at 9/4.

Fat Barry’s Weekend Picks:

Southampton at 7/1

Everton at 13/5

Arsenal to win 3-1 at 9/1

Fulham v Tottenham to be a draw at 9/4

That’s your lot (actually put a fiver on non-league Crawley to beat Torquay at 5/2, too!)