FA Cup Betting Tips & Predictions Third Qualifying Round
Let’s look at some FA Cup betting tips for this weekend. It’s early October and the marathon battle to reach the first-round proper of the FA Cup continues this weekend with the third round of qualifiers taking place on Saturday afternoon. The teams involved have handled themselves admirably so far. Little known players make a name for themselves and small clusters of supporters are given reasons to dream.
It’ll all be for nothing if the journey ends here. The participants will be fighting against eviction from English football’s favourite knockout competition, but there is only room for one team from each match to progress.
Bookies love the FA Cup and, once again, lay it on thick for punters to enjoy the occasion. Details remain sketchy on the most part for average backers but those with their finger on the pulse of the football pyramid, including the lower reaches of Non-League, will surely spot the same value our team have.
As well as match betting you can also look ahead and have your say on the eventual outright winner. Manchester City are favourites – as they are to win the Premier League – with 4/1 the general feeling amongst bookies such as Bet365 and Ladbrokes. That won’t change for quite some time, certainly not on the back of results at this stage.
Traders see The Cityzens’ main rivals being Liverpool and 7/1 can be found on The Reds at Unibet and 888sport. We also have Man Utd and Chelsea at 7/1 before getting into the bigger prices. Tottenham are yours at 8/1 at William Hill, Arsenal 9/1 at Bet365, Everton 25/1 at Unibet and 888sport, Leicester 25/1 at Betfred and Wolves 33/1 at Coral. As you continue down the list the prices get higher.
Altrincham v Bradford Park Avenue
This tie just about sums up what backers can expect over the course of the weekend. Two sides who play football for the love of the game. The Robins chase points in the National League North and have won the FA Trophy twice before, kissing the silverware in 1978 and 1986. The side also have a history of shock results in the FA Cup itself and will be hoping to add to that list.
The most recent of their famous cup wins, and probably the most impressive, came in 2016 when dumping Barnsley out in the first round thanks to a 1-0 score. That scalp was added to the likes of Wigan, Birmingham, Blackpool and Sheffield United. One thing’s for sure, if Altrincham do make it to the first-round stage, there won’t be many hoping to draw them, especially at Moss Lane.
Bradford Park Avenue; the name itself conjurs up images of the early rounds of the FA Cup, where two sides hope to etch their name into the history books. What’s wonderful about this tournament is that anyone at this point could go on to bag the riches available when things get serious.
The Avenue can be found contesting games in the National League North. They rounded off September with a 1-0 away win over Alfreton Town. That narrow win continued their decent recent form; as such, the management team, led by former Bradford City defender Mark Bower, will rate his side’s chances of continuing the feel-good factor.
Home Advantage Makes the Difference
Bradford Park Avenue reached this stage of the competition with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Darlington on the road; if they are to hold onto their dream they’ll have to do it all again, winning away from home. It’s only a matter of time before the travelling takes its toll, but will they have enough in the legs to squeak through again?
Altrincham were far more impressive in the second qualifying round; they managed to coast past Whitley Bay courtesy of a stunning 5-0 win at home. They hit the ground running that day with the crowd behind them and once the first goal went in, the floodgates swung open. Home comforts should make the difference again here and we’re sticking with the goals of Altrincham over the gritty determination of their visitors.
FC United of Manchester v Witton Albion
The Red Rebels are a semi-professional side who were formed in 2005. They are currently without a manager. Dave Chadwick took up position as caretaker boss at Broadhurst Park until the long-term future is decided. The National League North club finished down in 16th last season and are rock bottom after 11 matches of this campaign.
A record reading one win, three draws and an astonishing seven defeats has them holding the rest of the pack upright – with Darlington and safety four points off at last count. United of Manchester lost 1-0 away to Nuneaton at the end of September in front of less than 700 fans. The players will want to leave their league woes at the door and enjoy the distraction cup football brings.
Witton Albion are involved in the Northern Premier League and held their own last time; they managed to push for a seventh-place finish. The Albs, who play their football at Wincham Park, were runners up in the FA Trophy back in 1992. However, they have achieved little of note in this format. Witton reached this stage thanks to a 2-1 win over Spennymoor Town in the previous round.
Carl McCauley’s troops have struggled during the early exchanges of this calendar; however, a run of two defeats and a pair of draws in their last four left them 14th in the table. 12 points on the board means Witton are already nine off leaders Basford United and eight better than bottom club Matlock Town.
United Will Edge Battle of Struggling Sides
It’s difficult to make a strong case for either side winning this, certainly if keeping their league form in mind. FC United have home advantage and that will give them a slight edge, but they have been woeful of late and really do need a break from their run of bad luck.
We’re going to give them the benefit of the doubt and pick FC United to better a Witton who will come to make life difficult from the start. This has all the ingredients of an FA Cup qualifying classic
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