FA Cup Betting Tips - Upsets On The Cards?

As with every year in the FA Cup, there will be many surprising scores and the following are a few FA Cup matches I'm tipping as potentially good value betting opportunities:

FA Cup Betting Tips (Jan 8 - Jan 9)

FA Cup Tip 1: Sheff UTD v Aston Villa, Sheff UTD (draw no bet) @ 6/4 (Betfair) I was never a fan of Houllier's style of football and warned some Villa fans I know that he would be a terrible appointment. They are on a slippery slope and conceeding a lot of goals lately. Sheffield UTD's games have been filled with goals recently and I think Sheffield UTD v Aston Villa in the FA cup tomorrow could see plenty more. There's value with the home side getting most of them IMO. Ched Evans to score @ 5/2 looks a good betting tip. Over 2.5 goals currently odds against and a decent alternative bet.

FA Cup Tip 2: Stoke v cardiff - Cardiff to QUALIFY @ 37/19 (BWIN)I'm looking to Pulis to make multiple changes in this 1 which will upset the rhythm of Stoke. Cardiff are a side of Premier League standard and a great outside betting tip to progress to the next round of the FA cup. Bothroyd at 12/5 to score represents decent value. NOTE:May be wise to check the lineups before betting on this 1 as there are worries about a number of Cardiff's key men.

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FA Cup Tip 3: Blackburn v QPR - QPR to QUALIFY @ 17/10 (Bwin) Could be a case of calm after the storm for Blackburn as they face championship opposition in the aftermath of a big midweek win against Liverpool. A decent chance they may well be caught cold with QPR flying high in the Championship and they must fancy themselves to cause an FA cup upset against generally shot shy blackburn. Watch out for Adel Taarabt who's been running the show for QPR. Taraabt anytime scorer @ 7/2 with PP.


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