Yeovil v Man United
Sunday 4th January, 15:30
Live on BT Sport 1
Having been relegated from the Championship last season in bottom position, it's fair to say this season isn't going as hoped for Yeovil fans. They currently sit rock-bottom of League One, and are in serious danger of the drop for the second season in a row.
What a tonic then to welcome the cream of English football to Huish Park, in a departure from the weekly grind of the league campaign. The Glovers will sense the occasion and be buoyed by the TV cameras, and with a rowdy atmosphere will be keen to at least give a decent account of themselves.
Manchester United are currently in pretty rude form - undefeated in ten games, they're the form team in the Premier League along with their cross-city rivals Man City and in all honesty shouldn't have too much problem dispatching their League One rivals on Sunday.
It remains to be seen which side Louis van Gaal will field for this tie, but when a team is in good form, fringe players are keen to be involved and want to perform as a result. With the greatest of respect to Yeovil, whichever side Van Gaal plays, he will be expecting a win.
As one would probably expect, United are huge favourites here, currently priced at 1.241/4 for the win. Yeovil, who are in pretty poor form in the league are way out at 15.5 to overcome their more illustrious visitors, and The Draw is priced up at 7.413/2.
I can't make a serious case for Yeovil other than given United's propensity for the occasional defensive meltdown, they might score a goal. In all honesty, this is a United win every day of the week but clearly the price isn't tempting and it's going to be necessary to look elsewhere for a betting angle.
Over/Under 2.5 Goals
The market is leaning strongly in favour of Overs here (1.538/15), and this is chiefly down to United's superior quality, especially going forward, and the fact that Yeovil have conceded six goals in their last three league games against Leyton Orient, Bristol City and Colchester. Needless to say, the Red Devils shouldn't have trouble hitting the back of the Glovers' net.
That said, on their day United can be hapless at the back. No leadership, no assertiveness and rash decisions on occasion means that any professional team could probably score against them if they get enough of the ball.
Unders is available to back at 2.727/4.
Both Teams to Score
As I've said above, Yeovil can definitely score against United on Sunday. The Old Trafford outfit's defensive record overall isn't terrible - they concede roughly a goal a game, but there really isn't consistent leadership at the back and it's only David De Gea's remarkable form that has kept out more notches in the goals against column.
I like Both Teams to Score here at 2.1211/10. The atmosphere and the occasion could well be worth a goal for Gary Johnson's team especially if United are caught cold early. And even if they're not, they tend to leave themselves open when they attack.
Back Both Teams to Score at 2.1211/10