FA Cup First Round Betting Tips, Odds & Predictions
It’s business time in this season’s FA Cup. It may fly under the radar this weekend, given we have some massive games from the Premier League, but we are now into the first-round proper following a marathon of qualifying matches. Check out our FA Cup first round betting tips and predictions.
We’ve had plenty of drama already, including tears, upsets and high-scoring thrillers. Followers of the early stages will be delighted to see it all move up a gear as the prize money increases… and a few better-known teams drop into the running.
The outright betting is there for all to see and hasn’t moved during the early exchanges, for obvious reasons. Punters looking to get in early and back their opinions at a better price can have a say on the outright winner.
Manchester City have been made favourites to win every competition they are involved in this season, including this one, and followers will find The Cityzens available at 25/1.
Leaving the outright betting to one side, we take a look at the fixtures closer to home. First round matches will be played over the course of Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. We get the ball rolling at 7.45pm on Friday when Haringey Borough host AFC Wimbledon.
There’s then an abundance of action before the curtain comes down at the conclusion of Hampton & Richmond v Oldham Athletic, Monday 7.45pm.
Maidenhead United v Portsmouth
This is a glamour tie for Maidenhead United who host a former big-gun of English football cup competition. The Berkshire-based side, playing their football out of York Road Stadium and it’s 4000 capacity, ply their trade down in the National League where they finished midtable last season. Manager Alan Devonshire – formerly of West Ham and Watford – has watched his Magpies side struggle in the opening rounds of this campaign. Their stats show a run of five wins, two draws and 10 defeats, leaving them 18th in the pile.
The locals have lost each of their last four; unfortunately, that has sucked them to within five points of Dagenham & Redbridge and the relegation zone. Dropping out of this division would prove extremely costly for a side like Maidenhead and there’s no guarantee they’d bounce back. They were hammered 6-0 at home to AFC Fylde last weekend. A real confidence crusher.
Pompey Flying in League One
If Portsmouth play to the best of their abilities, they’ll know this is as close to a ‘gimme’ as they could’ve hoped for at this stage of the FA Cup. It’ll give the away side a chance to ease their way in, build on the confidence that already exists in the camp with another win and even score a few goals in the process. They sit top of League One with a record reading 10-5-1. They are unbeaten in four but have drawn each of their last two.
Kenny Jackett’s representatives were picked to get the better of a decent Accrington side last Saturday. However, they headed home with only a point to show for their efforts following a tight 1-1 finish. Hawkins had them ahead on 62 minutes, but that advantage was soon cut-out. Ihiekwe leveled on 64 following a severe lapse in concentration. In what was a hard-fought match between two ambitious sides and a share looked to be a fair result.
Exeter City v Blackpool
We have some evenly matched contests on the fixture list and this is certainly one of them. Excitement is guaranteed at St James Park. The Grecians sit third in League Two but have won only one of their last five and managed just two points from the last nine available.
They were beaten 2-1 at home by Forest Green Rovers last weekend and will welcome the distraction that comes with playing cup football.
Blackpool come from the division above but have struggled for points in League One so far; this is evident with their 5-7-2 record and midtable position proves. The Seasiders were also beaten last weekend, losing out by the odd one in a five-goal thriller. Fleetwood won 3-2 in front of their own fans.
This was a surprise result considering Blackpool had kept a clean-sheet in their two league matches that went before.
Lincoln v Northampton Town
Lincoln sit atop League Two, but their drive has gone off-course of late, failing to win any of their last three going into the week. That dip in form started with a couple of draws before seeing them lose away to Colchester last weekend in a match that was there for the winning. The Imps scored 11 goals in October but were unable to add to that at Colchester.
They’re fancied to return to scoring ways in front of their own fans. Lincoln’s best performance in the FA Cup thus far was a quarter-final appearance as recently as 2016/17. That run came to an end with a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal. Tough, but they’d certainly see the value in a repeat of that this season.
Northampton sit down in 18th in League Two, having picked up 15 points fewer than their hosts to date. They bring stats of 4-6-6 but did win last time and have taken six points from the last six available to them.
The 5-0 beating of Macclesfield on the road was followed by a hard-fought 2-1 win over Oldham last time, despite playing most of the match with 10 men. They are improving and will fancy an upset. These sides have met once already this season, Lincoln claiming a 1-0 win at Sixfields Stadium back in the summer.
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