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Dave Easson previews the FA Cup 3rd Round - Friday 5th January 2024


Friday’s FA Cup 3rd Round Betting Preview

 

David Easson has a quickfire treble for Friday night’s matches

It might be easy to paint a picture where Fulham would take their tie against Rotherham easy. It’s been a very mixed Christmas, which they ended on that high of the win against Arsenal, and they have a League Cup semi with Liverpool to negotiate next week.

But can they really go out to Rotherham? After losing his first three games Leam Richardson has taken his new side on a 3-game unbeaten run, beating Middlesbrough and coming from behind to draw with both Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers.

Only Coventry and Huddersfield have drawn more Championship matches than Rotherham this season, but I can’t even back them for that here, even if the Cottagers have lost Bassey and Iwobi to AFCON. They didn’t win a single away game in 2023

The Millers haven’t reached round 4 for over 20 years while Marco Silva loves the cup and has got through this stage in the last 5 years.

Fulham win this one to nil at around Evens.

 

One away team I can back this Friday night is Wolves, who are absolutely flying under Gary O’Neil and face a Brentford side who really really really want Ivan Toney back. And maybe a full back or 3. And the rest of the forward line. Thomas Frank’s side are stuck in a funk and they won’t get out of it against a side who just love a trip to West London. Wolves are unbeaten in 5 trips to Brentford.

Wolves are also without players through injury and the Asia Cup & AFCON but if Pedro Neto gets minutes here – as he should on his return from injury – that will boost Wolves even further.

Wolves on the outright at 2/1 is great.

 

Burnley travelling to Spurs is a real tempter – as Spurs are down to the barest of bare bones. Injuries, suspensions, players off around the world, the list is seemingly endless. But does that mean they’ll lose to Burnley? I can give the Clarets a goal here, in fact I think we’ll see lots of goals and that may well be the way to play this.

Both to score and over 2.5 goals in the game is about evens, but I’ll take the extra on over 3.5 goals, because this one could turn into a basketball match.

Over 3.5 goals is 7/5 which makes a treble of around 13/1

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