For accumulator punters there are few calls to arms more rousing than that of the FA Cup third round, with it’s generous helping of lower league cannon fodder.
Premier League and Championship sides swagger into the mix offering delectable odds-swelling opportunities wherever they are drawn with lesser mortals.
It’s not a clarion call that news.bwin.com/en/ would ever let fall upon deaf ears – below is the rationale behind our 51/1 multiple for this year’s edition.
West Brom to beat Gateshead @ 1/5
The Baggies came close to nicking a highly credible victory over West Ham at the Boleyn Ground last time out.
Tony Pulis’ cap-bedecked brain has now been installed in the dugout too, providing more than enough motivation for the Baggies stars to make their class tell ahead of the January window.
Derby to beat Southport @ 7/50
Just one of the last six sides to visit Pride Park has stopped Derby notching at least twice and that was Chelsea, suggesting the Rams should have the firepower to inflict their visitors’ third away loss in five matches.
Middlesbrough to beat Barnsley @ 4/5
Boro are the Championship’s second-best away team and they’ve now lost just once in their last 11 games, giving them an edge on a League One out fit with one win in their last four at Oakwell.
Brentford to beat Brighton @ 91/100
Winning games doesn’t come easily for Brighton, who have done so just once in their last 17 attempts.
That poor run should continue against a Bees outfit who have won all bar two of their last eight at Griffin Park.
Bournemouth to beat Rotherham @ 19/20
The second-tier pacesetters are it’s only residents with a better road ledger than the aforementioned Teessiders, while the Millers have gone six games since they last won at the New York Stadium where this tie will transpire.
Bolton to beat Wigan @ 5/4
Malky Mackay’s appointment has spectacularly failed to right the Latics’ ship and they’ve now lost five of six games since drawing on his managerial debut.
A solitary stalemate is all that stands between Neil Lennon and a perfect record in his previous six homestands with the Whites and that came against an Ipswich side vying for the Championship.
Bristol City to beat Doncaster @ 6/4
Donny have a far from intimidating home record this term having lost five and drawn three of their ten such games to date, scoring just eight times.
Their League-One-leading visitors have won six of their last seven in all competitions and thrashed their hosts 3-0 at Ashton Gate earlier this term.