This week we get a break from the magnificent 2010/11 Premier League season and can enjoy one of the stand-out weekend’s on the English football calendar; the 3rd round of the FA Cup. The 3rd Round of the FA Cup is all about upsets, so there are some great betting opportunities available for you and if you can predict which football minnows will triumph then you can win yourself a tidy sum of cash.
First things first, make sure you claim your FREE £20 BET, available to new Paddy Power customers here. Then it’s time to take advantage of the great odds that are available, but which matches should you be looking out for? Here are my top picks for the weekend…
Arsenal v Leeds: Carlos Vela to score first @ 11/2 – Leeds may well have dumped Manchester United out of the FA Cup last season thanks to Jermaine Beckford but don’t expect Arsenal to suffer the same fate. Arsene Wenger’s young Gunners are sure to win, and it’s about time that Vela showed us what he’s made of.
Reading v West Brom: Reading to win 2-0 @ 10/1 – West Brom are in big trouble and their defensive worries make it unlikely that they’ll keep a clean sheet. Reading on the other hand are going well in the Championship and Mark Lawrenson has predicted a 2-0 win for the Royals, and when is Lawro ever wrong!?
Sheffield United v Aston Villa: Sheff Utd to win @ 12/5 – A team struggling in the Premier League against a team struggling in the Championship. 12/5 isn’t a bad price for the Blades to win and given Villa’s current form, don’t expect Gerard Houllier’s men to have an easy afternoon at Bramall Lane.
Stoke v Cardiff: 4 or more goals @ 2/1 – This looks like one of the more interesting FA Cup ties of the weekend. Stoke are fairly strong at home and will cause Cardiff problems with balls into the box, but the Bluebirds will be a threat themselves and thus goals should be on the cards at the Britannia Stadium!
Manchester United v Liverpool: Draw @ 14/5 – Roy Hodgson’s future at Liverpool is uncertain, but maybe a good cup run is on the cards for the Reds. United are unlikely to lose twice in two years in the 3rd round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford, but Liverpool could well earn a draw. The odds on that are 14/5 and you can also take advantage of the Paddy Power special that bets will be refunded if Wayne Rooney or Steven Gerrard score the last goal.