At first glance there are few obvious chances for the footballing status quo to be made a mockery of in this year’s FA Cup third round, but closer perusal reveals there remains the potential for an upset or two.
Below, news.bwin.com/en/ highlight a trio of sides likely to be left with egg on their faces after meetings with opposition of a lowlier ilk.
Bradford to beat Millwall @ 11/5 (NAP)
Christmas cheer has utterly failed to permeate the thick fog of misery hanging over The New Den, with Ian Holloway’s men last registering a home win in October.
The Lions have now lost four home games in succession, even conspiring to go down to a Bolton side robbed of virtually all their strikers through injury, and could be ripe for a pratfall against one of League One’s best travelling sides.
Phil Parkinson’s Bantams have shipped just ten goals in 11 league road fixtures this term, winning six times and drawing three.
Preston to beat Norwich @ 9/5
Bold-travelling Bradford are the sole team to have beaten Preston at Deepdale all season – in fact they’re the only side to have left PNE’s backyard with the spoils in 24 outings dating back to last February.
Simon Grayson’s men will be seriously hard to beat on home turf and while Norwich are opposition of a higher calibre than that which they’re used to, the onus on the Canaries to dominate will afford their hosts opportunities on the counter.
Mundane form away from their Carrow Road perch has dogged them since their Premier League days and shows no sign of letting up, with a solitary win and four reverses over their last seven such outings.
Tranmere to win or draw v Swansea 39/20
Life on the open road doesn’t seem to suit Garry Monk’s Swans, who have won away just once in their last ten attempts, and they may find Prenton Park a good deal less to their liking than the manicured lawns they’re used to losing on.
Rovers may be languishing rather too close to the Football League plughole for their liking, but results have improved of late, with three wins and a draw inside their last five games.
The boys from Birkenhead may have won just five times on the homestead in 2014/15 but three of those have come in the last five attempts.