After yesterday’s splurge of shocks, three more Premier League clubs step tentatively into upset territory today and there’s serious money to be made backing the trio to succumb to the revitalised ‘magic’ of the FA Cup.
Middlesbrough and Bradford helped the most audacious of punters land a treble that paid in the region of 200/1 yesterday, and we’ve singled out the on-song threesome of Bristol City, Bournemouth and Brighton to earn their own spots in underdog lover folklore by landing this 38/1 treble.
Incidentally, the same threesome can be backed to merely avoid defeat at a boosted 283/50 thanks to bwin’s esteemed enhanced multiple offer, Combi+.
Toppling West Ham, Aston Villa and Arsenal respectively will be no mean feat for our heroes, but there’s enough of a case to argue that all of them will do it, without mentioning what’s happened to their top-flight brethren already in round four.
Bristol City to beat West Ham @ 12/5
Were it not for a fortuitous penalty shootout win over Everton, the Hammers wouldn’t be travelling to Bristol today, but Sam Allardyce’s penchant for early-round eliminations means they won’t make the most of their reprieve.
Aldershot, both Sheffield clubs and Nottingham Forest are four clubs currently plying their trade outside of the top tier to have knocked Big Sam’s Irons out of one cup or another across his four-year reign, with the latter racking up a 5-0 win in this competition last term.
The Robins have won six on the spin at Ashton Gate, keeping five clean sheets in the process so confidence will be high as they plot this giant-slaying.
Bournemouth to beat Aston Villa @ 31/20
One stat sums up what a great punt this is: Villa have played 13 games in Birmingham this term and have eight goals to show for it.
Bournemouth can match this total having played just once in the second city so far.
The Villans have drawn three blanks in four at Villa Park and, with the sizeable distraction of Premier League survival on their minds, defeat against a free-scoring Cherries side that’s won five of six on the road is very much on the cards.
Brighton to beat Arsenal @ 18/5
The Seagulls are the biggest long shot of the lot, but after running a near-full strength Gunners side close at this stage two seasons ago, they can’t be ignored here.
Chris Hughton’s men will fancy their chances of avenging their 3-2 defeat in 2012/13 having won four of their last five heading into this one.
Their latest success came in unforeseen circumstances against Championship trailblazers Ipswich, proving they’re capable of overturning the odds on their own patch, while the last time Hughton faced Arsenal at home, when in charge of Norwich, he masterminded a 1-0 victory for the massively unfancied hosts.