Let face it no one out there really likes the month of January!
It’s cold, you break all the promises you make to yourself at the start of it within a few days and you spend the first couple of weeks wondering ‘is Christmas really over already’. Thankfully one of the few rays of light the month provides is the Third Round of the FA Cup.
Whether you love a good fairy tale upset or you just want to see your team batter seven kinds of sh**e out of a minnow, the competition has something for everyone.
To make matters even better we’re streaming nine FA Cup ties live on PP.com for your viewing pleasure and to celebrate this we’ve picked out four punts we think are nailed on in our live fixtures for you.
Manchester United’s wonder kid changed the game last time out for Mourinho’s men against West Ham. His blistering pace scared the daylights out of the Hammers and he showed fantastic composure to set up United’s opener for Juan Mata at the London Stadium.
He has been operating in a wide role of late, but if Jose decides to rest a few for the visit of Reading then we could finally get to see what he could do up front for the Red Devils.
Despite their recent good form, The Royals won’t come up against a player of Rashford’s quality in the Championship and we think the young England player is well worth an punt to hit the back at anytime in Saturday’s early kick-off.
On Sunday it will be a year to the day since Jurgen Klopp learned all he needed to know about the FA Cup. That day he fielded a side of young pups against League Two minnows Exeter City and got the fright of a lifetime, barely escaping with a 2-2 draw before taking them out 3-0 in a replay at Anfield.
Liverpool can almost cover this bet themselves, hitting a whopping average of 2.4 goals a game in the Premier League this season. While Plymouth, who occupy an automatic promotion spot in League Two, aren’t half bad in that regard themselves picking off an average of 1.5 goals.
You feel it could be a long day for the minnows here though, especially if Liverpool put out a few first team stars. Add in a six-hour one way trip to Liverpool for Argyle and we think the over 2.5 goals mark should be hit on Sunday at .
If you’re Steve Bruce you’ve got to know that this is a terrible time to be bringing an opposition team to White Hart Lane.
Mauricio Pochettino has Tottenham bouncing with five wins on the spin and their hot on the heels of breaking Chelsea’s mammoth winning streak as well. Villa have only three wins in their last seven outings and lost to away to struggling Cardiff last time out.
Spurs have covered the (-1.0) in four of their last five contests, and you’d have to expect them to add another to that list this weekend at .
While both teams may be on excellent form, this could be the best price you will get on a team from a higher league beating one residing in a lower level all weekend.
The Elland Road outfit have been one of the form sides in the entire country of late. Only Liverpool and the Championship’s top two of Brighton and Newcastle have beaten the Whites since all the back in mid-October.
Cambridge to their credit are on a five-game unbeaten streak and that’s taken them into the Play-Off positions in League Two. However, Garry Monk has consistently put out strong teams in cup competitions since he took over at Leeds and they’re extra quality makes them our bet of the entire weekend at .