Who will Cause the FA Cup Shocks this Weekend?

Who will Cause the FA Cup Shocks this Weekend?

It’s that time of the year when clubs dream of FA Cup glory. From January 7-10, the third round is being held. Just who could cause a big shock over the coming days?

The FA Cup isn’t quite what it used to be. Small clubs getting a home draw against a Premier League side know they are unlikely to see the top players on the pitch. Just like the EFL Cup, until the latter stages, the FA Cup has become a competition where virtual reserve sides are fielded. That’s reflected by the lower attendances too.

Some Premier League clubs have little interest in the FA Cup. All a bit strange really because this is a competition that teams such as Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Wolves could win. They can’t say that about the Premier League.

Saturday January 8

Millwall v Crystal Palace (12.45pm KO)

Crystal Palace have been knocked out in the third three in all but one of the last four seasons. Only one of their last five FA Cup away games has been won. The Eagles can be expected to make plenty of changes for their trip to Championship side Millwall. The home side have reached the last eight twice in the past five years. Millwall are 5/2 at BetVictor to beat a Palace team looking to avoid a fourth straight away defeat.

Hull City v Everton (5.30pm KO)

All is not well at Goodison Park for Rafa Benitez. He started the season well, but the past few months have seen Everton having a terrible time of it. A form guide for the last ten Premier League games has them rock bottom on five points with 23 goals conceded. Earlier in the season, they had to go to penalties to get a win at QPR in the FA Cup. There’ll be plenty of changes made by Benitez, considering they play Leicester just three days after this match.

Hull City aren’t in the best of form, but this is the FA Cup. They are 19th in the Championship, four points above the bottom three. They are unbeaten in their last three home games though, winning two of them. You can get 14/5 at William Hill on a Hull win. A bet a penalty In the game is 11/4 at the same bookies. Hull have conceded a penalty in both of their last two matches.
Sunday January 9

Charlton Athletic v Norwich City (2pm KO)

League One Charlton Athletic made a poor start to the season. They only won two of their first 13 league games, both against struggling sides. Form has picked up and they are now 13th in the table.

They host Norwich City who look doomed to being in the Championship next season. The Premier League side have lost their last five games without a goal in sight. Charlton are 16/5 at Betfair with a double chance bet (win/draw) at 5/6.