The festive season in the Premier League may have come to a conclusion but the football hasn’t with the resumption of the FA Cup. The 3rd round signals the entry of the EPL sides into the competition and thanks to the luck of the draw we have some mouth-watering encounters highlighted by Liverpool versus Everton at Anfield.
FA Cup Tips & Preview: 3rd Round
Liverpool v Everton – (Sat 6:55am)
What a way to kick start our weekend… with a Merseyside Derby cup game! Liverpool are undefeated in their last 16 across all competitions while Everton have lost back to back league games after a run of 8 games without defeat. The Toffees have definitely tightened things up at the back since Sam Allardyce took over and have conceded just 6 goals in their last 10 games. That includes holding Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at this very ground despite being completely outplayed. The Reds are undefeated in their last 15 meetings against their neighbours with Everton managing just 4 goals in the last 8 clashes. It could get even tougher to score against their bitter rivals with Virgil van Dijk set to make his debut for the club. Liverpool’s depth is the key difference in this one. Lallana, Emre Can and Oxlade Chamberlain will all get their chance to impress while Everton may have to go without Schneiderlin, Keane and Martina as this would be their 3rd game in a week. Everton will not be able to successfully defend for 90 minutes. Liverpool to break them down and maintain a clean sheet along the way.
Best Bet: Liverpool WIN ($1.40)
Value Bet: Teams To Score – Liverpool Only ($2.35)
Man Utd v Derby – (Sat 7:00am)
The festive season was far from a happy one for United with a single win to go with 3 draws. Mourinho will have no choice but to rest the likes of Pogba, Matic and Jones after they played 90 minutes in each of the games over the Christmas period. We have seen the Red Devils run into trouble when forced to make defensive rotations and The Wolf expects this to reoccur. We saw Bristol post a 2-1 win over them and this Derby side is even better. Currently second in the Championship, they are undefeated in their last 7 and have been outstanding away from home. They have not lost away from home since September and have managed multiple goals in 3 of their last 4 away games. Derby will not be going to Old Trafford to park the bus and with United to rest several key players we will see a very open encounter.
Best Bet: Both Teams To Score – YES ($2.30)
Value Bet: Over 3.5 goals ($3.00)
Fleetwood v Leicester – (Sat 11:45pm)
This may not be a marquee matchup but The Wolf had to include it in his feature previews as it is his 5 chip special! If there is one thing we have learned over the last few seasons it is that Leicester commit 100% to all of the knockout competitions. Mahrez came off early in the win over Huddersfield while Vardy was rested with a groin complaint. They are sure to line up for this one and that makes Leicester an absolute special! Fleetwood are languishing in the bottom half of League One and have lost their last 3 at home. The Foxes are brilliant on the counter and it will be their speed which breaks the Fleetwood defence wide open.
Best Bet: Leicester WIN ($1.60)
Value Bet: Leicester Over 3.5 goals ($7.00)
Man City v Burnley – (Sun 2:00am)
It’s the runaway leaders versus this seasons surprise packets. City are 15 points clear at the top of the EPL while Burnley have cooled off after spending a brief time in the top 4. They had won 6 of 8 leading into the festive season but 3 draws and 2 losses since has seen them slip to 7th. Two scoreless draws in that stretch has The Wolf concerned but he expects them to really stand up defensively in this one. City struggled to find the back of the net against Newcastle and Palace (both games in which David Silva did not play) and they will again put out a second string XI. Gundoga, Yaya Toure, Bernardo Silva and Danilo are all likey to start with De Bruyne, Aguero, David Silva, Sterling and Walker set to be rested. This one could turn out to be a rare arm wrestle for Pep’s men.
Best Bet: Under 3.5 goals ($1.70)
Value Bet: Under 2.5 goals ($3.00)
Tottenham v Wimbledon – (Mon 2:00am)
The rescheduling of their clash with West Ham means just two days off for Spurs leading into this in what will be their 3rd game in 6 days. Eriksen and Kane are long odds to start but they have options including Lamela, Wanyama and Llorente. This market has been set as if Tottenham will be playing their best starting XI and that will not be the case. There is huge value across the board for the visitors and The Wolf will be taking it.
Best Bet: Handicap Wimbledon +3 ($1.75)
Value Bet: Handicap Wimbledon +2 ($3.10)