Value Hunter: Big odds Burnley are the classic third round banana skin

Sean Dyche has Burnley in good form ahead of a trip to Southampton on Saturday

With its storied history of upsets the Value Hunter is keen to get stuck into the FA Cup third round action, but with so many teams trading at huge odds where will his money go? 

"You shouldn’t be afraid to take the big odds – it was less than a year ago that Oldham were beating Liverpool at a monstrous 18-1 on Betfair after all."

Banana skins aboundeth in the FA Cup third round - all we need to do is find which big club is going to step on one. 

From 12.011/1 Blackburn in the opening fixture to 8.615/2 Swansea in the closing match there are huge prices available. 

And you shouldn't be afraid to take the big odds - it was less than a year ago that Oldham were beating Liverpool at a monstrous 18-1 on Betfair after all. The Latics are 20.019/1 to repeat the trick this weekend. 

We want to take on a weakened or out-of-form side with our third round bets and, of those trading at short odds, Southampton fit the bill.  

After a stunning start to the season Saints have won just two games since November and manager Mauricio Pochettino must be tempted to give a few of the youth and reserve team players a go. With Artur Boruc out, Southampton have lost their good early season defensive form and if opponents Burnley grab the first goal they look well equipped to protect that lead as they have the second best defence in the Championship. 

True, Burnley have encountered their own patch of dodgy form but three wins in their last six league games suggests they are back on track. Let's take a chance on the Clarets at odds of 7.06/1.  

That'll be our one bet this week but before we go let's give an honourable mention to the following underdogs, all of which are capable of administering a nasty bite to more illustrious opponents: Leicester at Stoke (3.7511/4 to back), Sheffield United at Aston Villa (7.413/2 to back), Burton at Bournemouth (7.26/1 to back).

All hail the underdog!  

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