AFC Wimbledon v Millwall
The first of our FA Cup fifth round betting tips is for AFC Wimbledon v Millwall. AFC Wimbledon pulled off one of the major shocks of the Fourth Round when knocking Premier League side West Ham United out of the competition with a jaw-dropping 4-2 result in front of their own fans. The Hammers featured in a fair share of accumulators that weekend; however, they failed to live up to expectations, were eliminated and attracted the fury of fans. That made the result all the sweeter for their neighbours and players will dine out on stories of that famous win for the rest of their careers.
Appiah broke the deadlock inside 34 minutes and that advantage was doubled just before the break when Wagstaff scored the first of his two goals on the day to send his employers into the break with a stunning 2-0 advantage. A second-half onslaught was expected by West Ham and home fans feared the worst when the sides re-emerged; however, Wimbledon was bold enough to stop the fightback before it started, Wagstaff getting his second soon after the whistle. Everyone in attendance and watching around the country were left in a state of shock.
Perez and Anderson hit back for the beaten side, Sibbick scoring a fourth on 88. Another AFC Wimbledon home upset has been priced at 5/2 with Ladbrokes, making them outsider of three in the match betting. Bookmakers obviously haven’t learned their lesson. We suggest sticking with the feel-good factor and getting your money on The Wombles as a super single.
Lions Have Been Toothless
Not to be undone by their opponents, Millwall were another lower division side who knocked a Premier League club off their perch last time out when taking the scalp of Everton at The Den. The tie, shown live on TV, made headlines for all the wrong reasons following crowd trouble – one particular incident doing the rounds on social media was particularly disturbing for football fans. However, on the field of play, there was only one thing to talk about and that was just how good Millwall was. The Lions have been woeful in Championship action so far this season and look in danger of being sucked down into League One at the final count; however, they had no trouble leaving their worries at the door and enjoying the thrill of playing knockout football.
Another thrilling encounter with plenty of goals scored, The Lions got the job done thanks to strikes from Gregory, Cooper and a fantastic 94th-minute winner from Wallace to send fans into dreamland. Everton thought they had done enough to force the replay, taking it back to Goodison Park with Richarlison and Tosun both on target; however, they didn’t bargain for that late winner and, in the end, could have little complaints about the score.
Millwall manager Neil Harris breathed a sigh of relief, crediting his team for digging deep to grab the victory. Marco Silva picked out two mistakes as the reason his side will finish without a trophy again this season, telling players they must be more mature if they are to right the wrongs made that day. Millwall is favourite across the board with Coral’s 10/11 the general idea in the betting ring. Both teams to score looks worth a punt at 10/11 – top price with Bet365.
Doncaster v Crystal Palace
Doncaster Rovers enjoy a home advantage as they look to add another upset to a competition that has thrown up a share of surprises already, despite only heading into the Fifth Round stage. The club will, of course, need much more than just a familiar setting if they are to eliminate Premier League side Crystal Palace, but there’s enough in their own recent form to ensure the locals prepare for this clash with confidence in the camp. They beat Oldham 2-1 in the last round, a result that was to be expected, in all fairness, but nothing can be taken for granted in the FA Cup and for that reason they must get the credit they deserve for dodging a potential banana skin.
With the game vs Oldham at this venue last month looking destined for a 0-0 finish, we ended up with three goals, Donny progressing by a 2-1 score. It took the home side to the 68th minute to break the stalemate, Whiteman scoring the first of his two. That was cancelled by Clarke on 84 before Whiteman smashed home a 90th-minute penalty. More than his fellow scorer could take, Clarke shown a red card deep into stoppage time at the end of play. Despite a battling performance, bookies have Doncaster written off with backers able to get their hands on a chunky 9/2 with Bet365, the draw deemed more likely at 16/5 – top price with the same firm.
Bookies fancy The Eagles to give their fans something to shout about by booking a place in the next round of the FA Cup, a run that would help wipe the dirt off another disappointing league campaign. Crystal Palace showed top-flight stats of 7-5-13 after 25 Premier League matches, but they were able to ignore that for 90 minutes and deal with London rivals Tottenham last time out. Another shock, given Spurs were fancied to go close to winning the trophy outright; however, Palace was fully deserving of the result and that would’ve served as a real confidence boost to all concerned, no least supporters who have had to endure a few uncomfortable moments this term.
Wickham scored inside nine minutes to give Palace a shock lead and Townsend made sure when doubling up after 34, the latter coming from the penalty spot. Crystal Palace performed way above expectations that day, but Tottenham was responsible for many of their own problems and supporters would prefer to forget the game ever happened. Roy Hodson reserved special praise for goalscorer Connor Wickham, telling members of the press his player worked hard for the goal. An away win has been marked as favourite across the board with Unibet offering a top price of 14/19, an offer their competitors can’t match or better. Follow the betting and back Palace.
Chelsea v Man Utd
The last of our FA Cup fifth round betting tips is for Chelsea v Man U. Without doubt, this is game of the round and it’ll go ahead on Monday evening in front of a bumper audience, both in attendance at Stamford Bridge and following the play live on TV. Chelsea hammered Sheffield Wednesday last time, easing to a 3-0 result at this venue and they’d love more of the same as they aim to end the season on a high with an FA Cup win. They’ll face a much tougher test here in the form of Ole’s Man Utd, but we’re taking them to use home advantage and sneak through. The Chelsea win will do for us at 13/10 – top price with Unibet. That rates as real value as most of the competition are stuck around the even money mark on the same outcome.
It really doesn’t pay to take Man Utd on since Mourinho was replaced by Ole, and it pains us to do so. We wouldn’t argue against anyone who preferred to have their stake money down on the away day and if that’s your thinking you’ll be delighted to see the betting. A Man Utd win will net you an incredible 13/5 – best price at Bet365. The draw is more likely, according to odds-makers, priced at 12/5, Bet365 again the standout on that one. Over 2.5 goals is a lively alternative to picking a winner, 16/13 when playing at Unibet.