Odds: Hyde United 9/1, Draw 5/1, MK Dons 1/4
Kick Off: 1955, 03/11/2017
Stadium: Ewen Fields
TV: BBC Two
The BBC cameras will be at a packed-out Ewen Fields for Friday night’s FA Cup first-round clash between Hyde United and MK Dons and we’re hoping the underdogs will relish being in the spotlight.
The Tigers have already had to come through six rounds to get this far, knocking out Congleton, Kendal Town, Warrington Town, Boston Town and Scarborough Athletic.
This is obviously another level, but there have been quite a few shock results in these televised cup ties in recent years.
We may be letting our hearts rule our heads, but 14/5 for the hosts to avoid defeat is the first of our Hyde United vs MK Dons betting predictions.
A Look At Hyde United’s Betting Odds
Hyde are currently fifth in the EVO-STIK North division, effectively the eighth tier of English football, and are on a 20-match unbeaten run in the league following last Saturday’s 4-1 win at Goole.
Prolific marksman Matthew Beadle is the man to watch out for up front, with the former Northwich striker having bagged five of his team’s 13 FA Cup goals this term.
Tom Pratt and Luke Porritt also like to get forward from midfield, with the Tigers netting 26 times in 11 league games.
Manager Darren Kelly liked to play good football when in charge of Oldham a couple of years ago and we like 9/10 for both teams to score for our Hyde United vs MK Dons betting tips.
A Look At MK Dons’ Betting Odds
Many will expect MK Dons to prove a class apart, but the fact that Hyde have a 3G pitch, which they used to share with Manchester City for reserve, under-21 and academy matches, could hamper the visitors.
“We’re used to playing on grass, we don’t play on the artificial pitch every week and they do, so maybe they’ll have an advantage,” admitted front man Chuks Aneke.
The Dons haven’t fallen at the first hurdle in this competition for the past five seasons and famously enjoyed a 4-0 EFL Cup triumph over Manchester United a few years ago.
However, Robbie Neilson’s side are on a worrying run of five League One games without a win, slipping down to 16th in the table.
Aneke is eyeing the chance to boost morale here, adding: “It would be great for our confidence if we go up there and put a few goals in and come out with a positive result.”
However, we’re backing the Tigers to be competitive and reckon 25/4 for a score draw is good value from the Hyde United vs MK Dons odds.
Goole 1-4 HYDE UNITED – Harry Coates, Luke Porritt, Phattharaphol Khamsuk, James Burke
Bristol Rovers 2-0 MK DONS
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