It’s FA Cup third-round time at last and having studied the weekend’s fixture list closely, Cardiff City, Rotherham United and Brentford all look to offer great value for away wins against Macclesfield Town, Aldershot and Southend United respectively.
These three teams have impressed in the Championship and League One and Two so far this term and will fancy their chances against a trio of sides who endured a mixed bag in 2012.
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Tempted at all? Read on for the rationale behind the selections.
Cardiff City to beat Macclesfield Town @ 9/20
The change of kit colour certainly seems to be doing the trick for Cardiff City, who travel to Macclesfield brimming with confidence and boasting a seven-point lead at the top of the Championship.
Malky Mackay’s team have been in fine form of late and head into this game on the back of four consecutive league wins.
The Bluebirds have lost just one of their last 11 competitive matches and will be confident of success against their Conference hosts.
The Silkmen only lost their league status last season, but they look unlikely to make a swift return, with just two wins in their last 11 matches.
An away win looks assured at 9/20.
Rotherham United to beat Aldershot @ 6/5
While Rotherham manager Steve Evans’ methods have won him few fans, the Millers appear to have turned a corner of late, with four wins from their last five matches.
The South Yorkshire club have proven particularly impressive on the road, with five consecutive wins away from the New York Stadium.
Meanwhile, Aldershot are continuing their ongoing battle against relegation from League Two and could most likely do without the distraction of the FA Cup.
The Shots have won just one of their last five at home and could struggle against Evans’ in-form charges.
An away win is priced at 6/5 and looks a good punt.
Brentford to beat Southend United @ 13/10
Uwe Rosler may not have been a major success as a player with Manchester City, but he is certainly showing plenty of nous in the management game, judging by his stint at Brentford thus far.
The Bees have lost just one of their last 16 competitive matches and are unbeaten in six games away from home in League One.
Rosler’s team haven’t struggled for goals on the road either, with six notched up in their last four trips away from Griffin Park.
By contrast, Southend appear to have hit a poor patch of form at the worst possible time, with defeats in their last two league matches.
Their home form has hardly been much better, as the Shrimpers have enjoyed just one win in their last three games at Roots Hall.
With Brentford competing for automatic promotion in League One while Southend battle it out in the doldrums of League Two, the gap in class could be too great, so back an away win at 13/10.