There’s nothing like the romance of the FA Cup, especially if you can find some lovely big odds winners. Things are always slightly harder to predict than normal in the FA Cup as many teams begin to tinker with their starting eleven. However I think I may have unearthed some gems.
Norwich v Burnley 2
Odds: 7/2 with Paddy Power
Norwich are having a fantastic season in the Premier League and it is obvious that they are working terribly hard to compete at the highest level.
This cup match may cause Norwich to inadvertently take their foot off the gas, and Burnley could well steal a win here at Carrow Road at a great price.
The Canaries finished the year in the top half of the table, but only a fool would think things are rosy from here on in. Paul Lambert knows the FA Cup is not a priority.
Burnley have themselves been in very good form in the Championship, and will be confident of getting something from this game.
Macclesfield v Bolton 2
Odds: 8/11 with Skybet
It would be crazy to think that Owen Coyle will play a weakened team in this visit to Moss Rose. His managerial tenure hangs in the balance after a generally poor season, but there is absolutely no way Coyle will risk losing this match.
Macclesfield really should have no chance in this game, and the 8/11 about Bolton winning this should really be jumped upon. Yes, Bolton are terrible in the Premier League; but Macclesfield are a mid table league 2 side.
Owen Coyle will make the importance of this game clear to his players, and a confortable win should ensue.
Peterborough v Sunderland 2
Odds: 21/20 with Skybet
Sunderland have a renewed vigour since the arrival of Martin O’Neill, and the Black Cats should be able to breeze past The Posh.
O’Neill has guided his team to 4 wins in his first 6 games and will see this as an important game, keeping his team in top form. Peterborough have improved in recent weeks but shouldn’t cause too many problems against a Sunderland team that are thriving under their new manager.