Cup weekends are often all about the shocks but for punters looking at games on Sunday there are some near surefire bets involving Arsenal, Sunderland, Celtic and Senegal that can produce great results as part of an accumulator.
At odds of 813/50, new customers using the £25 free bet they receive when they register with bwin would win ₤431.50 if our selections come through in these four cup games taking place across two continents.
FA Cup 4th Round: Arsenal v Aston Villa
This game will mark the first time Thierry Henry will face Richard Dunne and Shay Given since the Frenchman’s infamous handball denied Ireland a place at the 2010 World Cup.
That backdrop will add some animosity to a tie that’s vital for two managers under pressure from their own fans.
With Arsene Wenger needing to restore momentum after back-to-back defeats, he’s likely to allow Henry to make his impact from the bench and it’s worth backing the Arsenal icon to maintain his a goal a game ratio against Villa.
Accumulator Selection: Thierry Henry to score @ 11/10
FA Cup 4th round: Sunderland v Middlesbrough
When the draw was made this looked a tricky derby for Sunderland, but the teams’ vastly different form since then mean the home side are now strong favourites.
The Black Cats are top of the Premier League form table with 16 points from seven games since Martin O’Neil took over. By contrast Boro have slipped out of the title picture in the Championship following three straight defeats.
Even on form, Tony Mowbray’s side aren’t prolific scorers so Sunderland should be backed to keep a clean sheet and reach round five.
Accumulator Selection: Sunderland to win to nil @ 29/20
Scottish League Cup Semi-Final: Falkirk v Celtic
While Celtic’s surge to the top of the SPL has been impressive, Falkirk’s form has arguably eclipsed them.
The Bairns are second in the First Division and have reached the Scottish Cup fifth round and the final of the Challenge Cup as well as this semi-final.
Steven Pressley’s side average over two goals a game so can cause his former employers some problems, but they could still find themselves overpowered by a Celtic side who have won 13 straight.
Accumulator Selection: Celtic to win and over 2.5 goals 18/25
African Cup of Nations Group A: Libya v Senegal
Pre-tournament favourites Senegal may have already crashed out of the competition after two shocking losses to Zambia and Equatorial Guinea but the likes of Newcastle pair Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse should have enough goals in them to save face with a win over a Libya side who are also winless.
Accumulator Selection: Senegal to win in 3Way market @ 19/20
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