Peterborough United 2.608/5 v Preston North End 2.8615/8, the draw 3.3512/5
FA Cup, Saturday 15:00
It's not a surprise to see Peterborough as the favourites against Championship outfit Preston, and Graham Westley's side are definitely worth a wager for this weekend's poser.
Sometimes a bet comes down to a hunch, a gut feeling, call it what you will. But Preston's league position is one of a nervous look over the shoulder as they reside in fifteenth. Survival will be number one priority for North End boss Simon Grayson, where as a cup run would certainly appeal to Westley, who has done it before of course with minnows Stevenage.
Posh are anything but minnows though. Chairman Darragh MacAnthony gave a revealing Twitter Q and A this week, with all sorts of questions concerning bids of £2 million and £3 million for various up and coming stars. It's a progressive club again, hungry most certainly, and they might just 'want this' a bit more.
Added to the fact that Westley failed when in charge of the Whites, so there'll be an extra motivation.
If North End approach this game with any lethargy or hesitancy they'll get beat. Posh are high energy in their pressing and tempo, but have a scattering of ball-players in all areas. And in scoring 52 goals this season in League One, Preston face a mighty dangerous opponent.
Back Peterborough United in draw no bet @ 1.9520/21 (half point)
Colchester United 2.6813/8 v Charlton Athletic 2.6413/8, the draw 3.505/2
FA Cup, Saturday 15:00
The clash of the second-from-bottoms. Hardly a game to inspire, with both rooted in relegation mire already in their respective divisions, and between them the pair have collected 41 points this term.
The Addicks are without a win in eight games, whilst Colchester's recent 1-1 draw with Oldham (a rank bad League One side) addressed a run of nine straight losses. You get the picture....
However, one thing that has been consistent has been the U's defence. Consistently bad - they have conceded 59 goals already this season (the worst in the third tier by some way). New manager Kevin Keen tightened things up against Gillingham recently (losing just 1-0), but they will be facing better players, therefore the concentration will need to be higher. Players have the ability to perform against better teams of course - but at this level they make mistakes through lack of the 'c' word.
If you fancy Charlton to win, they need to rectify their record on the road of just one solitary victory all season. And again they are fighting to stay in the Championship, so this might not be a game to define their season.
You couldn't back either side with any sort of confidence, but with two bad teams in a cup game means there's a chance for a goal.
Back both teams to score @ 1.9010/11 (half point)
Bury 2.546/4 v Bradford City 2.6413/8, the draw 3.4012/5
FA Cup, Saturday 15:00
Two months into the League One season, Bury were looking like a handy side. Fast forward to January, and they've suffered seven straight away losses and are now stuttering.
The Shakers were free-scoring, but they've only netted twice from their last four games and they now look a team that is leaking at the other end. Overall their form in league and cup reads just two victories from their last seven matches. This will be a test for their younger players, but they have played well in this competition - beating Rochdale and Wigan without conceding a goal.
But surely Bradford aren't as bad as their woeful display last weekend against Gillingham. Manager Phil Parkinson tore into his players and by all accounts 'let rip', as man for man they were described as 'soft' all over the pitch.
However, the Shakers are regressing, and I worry about them switching off and conceding bad goals.
Back Bury to keep a clean sheet 'no' @ 1.608/13 (half point)
Oldham Athletic 3.505/2 v Millwall 2.226/5, the draw 3.6013/5
League One, Saturday 15:00
Whilst I have never been convinced about David Dunn as manager at Oldham, his post-match comments last Saturday were about as revealing and hard-hitting as it gets. Labelling the 1-1 draw with Colchester as like 'watching a circus', he added that not even the great Sir Alex Ferguson could sort out the malaise at the club.
These comments although often needed, rarely fire up players to rally for an under-pressure manager. Last weekend's stalemate with the U's equalled a club record of 11 games without a home win for Oldham, and they have been poor for some while.
Trying to predict Millwall's results at the moment isn't the easiest. Indeed, I failed abysmally as they were defeated 0-3 at home to Gillingham, but they returned to form at in-form Southend to win 4-0, which highlights what a bonkers league this can be at times.
When on song though, the Londoners look a good side. It's rare anyone would say that about Oldham recently, and they ought to be a touch shorter on the market.
Back Millwall in draw no bet @ 1.804/5 (half point)
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