Saturday 9th January 2021 FA Cup 3rd Round Fixtures
Everton vs Rotherham - 12pm (Goodison Park) - BT Sport Extra 2
Everton face Rotherham United in the early Saturday FA Cup match. Rotherham are boosted as the Championship side confirmed that all of their players have tested negative for Covid-19. Everton should see a reshuffled pack with Calvert-Lewin expected not to start. Everton are an enticing 20/1 to win the FA Cup Outright with Betfred!
Everton last played Rotherham in a 3-1 win in the League Cup. I can see another similar score line and would expect Everton to win by at least two goals. Even with a weakened Everton side, they should have far too much, and I would have a bet on Everton Win and Over 3.5 Goals in the game, at 12/5 with Paddy Power!
Chorley vs Derby County - 12:15pm (Victory Park) - BT Sport 1
Chorley vs Derby Country has all the ingredients for a FA Cup shock. Derby apparently have a number of positive covid tests and are in shaky recent form and could be FA Cup casualties at Victory Park. This is why Chorley are favs with the bookies, 11/10 with Betfred to win the game, draw is 11/4 with Paddy Power, Derby win at 12/5 with bet365!
Chorley knocked out Peterbrough and Wigan Athletic in previous rounds so will fancy their chances. Chorley play their trade in the sixth tier of English football in the National League North. Will Wayne Rooney and co be able to handle Chorley!? I don't think they will and I like a bet on Chorley to win at 11/10 with Betfred!
Stoke City vs Leicester City - 3pm (bet365 stadium) - BBC Red Button
Stoke vs Leicester City is a 3pm game. Leicester City will be without two key players, Jamie Vardy and James Maddison with slight knocks. Stoke will be without one of their top players, Steven Fletcher.
Leicester City have a decent FA Cup record against Championship opposition, winning all five matches since winning promotion to the Premier League in 2014. You can get 4/5 with Betfair on the Leicester City win, and 2/5 with Bet Victor on Leicester qualifying for the next round. Leicester City have a strong squad, but can liable to let in a goal, so I fancy 10/3 with Betfred on Leicester City win and both teams to score!
Exeter City v Sheffield Wednesday - 3pm (St James Park) - BT Sport Extra 5
Sheffield Wednesday are another team to have suffered from a surge in positive covid tests. Sheffield Wednesday will play a much weakened side. Exeter City are currently 23/20 for the win with bet365, Sheffield Wednesday win is 23/10, and 13/5 on the draw with Betfred!
Sheffield Wednesday are likely to field a patched up squad with players from the U23, and even possibly U18 teams due to covid. Exeter boss Matthew Taylor is confident and expect his side to perform strongly and he should be, Sheffield Wednesday have never won in six previous attempts. The sides haven't played since February 2012 when Exeter won 2-1 (8/1 with William Hill for a repeat). I fancy Exeter to win by a one goal margin, 11/4 with bet365!
Arsenal v Newcastle United - 5:30pm (Emirates Stadium) - BBC One / BBC iPlayer
An all Premier League FA Cup 3rd round tie, Arsenal vs Newcastle United. Arsenal have the luxury of virtually a full strength team to pick from. Newcastle have some lingering issues following their coronavirus outbreak. Arsenal are 4/9 with Betfred to win, Newcastle are 6/1 with bet365, draw 10/3 with Bet Victor.
Arsenal will be determined to push on after wins over West Brom, Brighton and Chelsea. I think we'll see a comfortable Arsenal win and I'm going for Arsenal Half Time / Full Time at 5/4 with Bet Victor!
Man Utd v Watford - 8pm - (Old Trafford) BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate
Manchester United vs Watford is the late evening game on Saturday. This was a Premier League fixture last season so the Red Devils shouldn't take Watford lightly. Since Ole's side went out of another semi-final in the mid week you can be sure the manager will want to see a positive response. United are expected favourites, 2/7 with bet365, Watford at 17/2 with Betfred, and 5/1 on the draw with bet365!
I think we'll see a good game full of goals and action, Bet Victor are offering 8/5 for over 3.5 goals! If we get a repeat of the last FA Cup meeting between the sides, 4-1 to Manchester United in 2007 that bet will win. You can get 19/1 with Bet Victor on a repeat 4-1 Manchester United victory. I'm going for a over 3.5 goals bet with Bet Victor at 8/5!
Please note all odds are correct at the time of publishing (8:30pm 8th January 2021) and are subject to change.
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