The 22 teams that couldn’t be separated in their FA Cup third-round ties go at it again this midweek and below we have picked out the best bets in the nine replays on Tuesday night, which include wins for Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion over Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers, and goals at either end when Fulham travel to Blackpool.
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Bournemouth to beat Wigan Athletic @ 9/5
Bournemouth were very unlucky not to beat Wigan Athletic in the original tie at the DW Stadium but undeterred, Eddie Howe’s men can finish the job off at the Seward Stadium at a well-priced 9/5.
The Cherries’ form has been sensational since the return of Howe, who, incredibly, is yet to taste defeat in any match since he came back to the club where he made his name. That is a run of 18 games unbeaten and their home record – eight wins and two draws – gives me the confidence they can see off their Premier League opponents.
With a relegation battle on his hands, I don’t think Roberto Martinez cares one jot about the FA Cup and I expect wholesale changes.
Even Wigan’s full-strength team has managed just three wins in the last 15 and with a huge league match against Sunderland at the weekend I don’t see the value in this game for the Latics and I fancy in-form Bournemouth to claim a top-flight scalp.
Both teams to score in Blackpool v Fulham @ 3/5
Blackpool and Fulham do it all again at Bloomfield Road after a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage nine days ago and it could be that both sides get on the scoresheet once more.
Both teams are in quite poor form – Fulham have won just two of the last 15 in all competitions, while managerless Blackpool have won only three times over the same period – and it makes the 3way market a no-go area, especially without knowing what sort of side Martin Jol will pick with a trip to Manchester City to come at the weekend.
But even though both are struggling to pick up victories, their games have seen plenty of goals at either end. Both teams have found the net in 12 of the Seasiders’ last 15 matches, while the same applies in 11 of the Cottagers’ last 15 fixtures, including seven of the last eight, and there is no reason to think there won’t be goals at either end again.
West Brom to beat QPR @ 4/5
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp was probably cursing Kieron Dyer for his last-minute equaliser when the Rs salvaged a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion in the original tie at Loftus Road (hell, he was given a free transfer a few days later!) and with an extra game Redknapp doesn’t need, I don’t see anything other than a home win at the Hawthorns.
‘Arry doesn’t give a toss about the FA Cup given the position QPR are in and with Steve Clarke more than happy to have a cup run, there is only one result here.
West Brom might not have won in four, but how they lost to Reading at the weekend is a mystery and with extra motivation provided by that criminal surrender at the Madejski, they can see off a Rangers side whose away form is diabolical.
Yes, they beat Chelsea last time out at Stamford Bridge, but that was their first away win for 24 games and 14 months. I don’t see their trip to the Hawthorns being a second consecutive victory on the road and the Baggies are good things here.
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