Bet of the day: Bradford to win FA Cup replay by three or more
Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | November 18, 2015
Bantams value to batter Shots
- Two divisions separate Bradford and Aldershot
- Cup runs have been Bantams’ specialty in recent years
- Home advantage huge for Parkinson’s men
Bradford can thrash non-league opposition
Bradford City have simply loved cup football in recent times; they contest the 2013 Capital One Cup final whilst being a fourth tier team and knocked holders Chelsea out of last season’s FA Cup.
Phil Parkinson’s Bantams should thus be able to annihilate Aldershot – a Conference club – and Coral offer an enhanced 7/2 price on a home win at Valley Parade by a margin of three goals or more in 90 minutes.
Punters can stake a maximum of £20 on this brilliantly boosted bet, which means Bradford could return £90 and £70 pure profit.
Gulf in class
If the Bantams have knocked Premier League opposition out of domestic cup competitions over the last three years, then they should be more the capable of crushing the Shots, who hail from two divisions below the League One outfit.
They sit outside the third tier play-offs on goal difference, while Aldershot are languishing in mid-table mediocrity and have former Bradford defender Luke Oliver in their ranks.
Offloaded by Parkinson following promotion from League Two, he simply couldn’t cut it and now his former teammates should come back to haunt him.
An FA Cup occasion such as this ought to suit Bantams target man James Hanson down to the ground. Plucked by Bradford from non-league, he will relish the physical battle with Oliver.
Hanson has scored two in his last three home games, while Devante Cole (son of ex-England striker Andrew) is joint-leading Bantams marksman with five.
Winger Kyle Reid’s loan return to Valley Parade adds some guile and directness from the flanks, and Irish attacker Billy Clarke should prove a real handful in-behind Aldershot.
There is more than enough quality among Bradford’s forward players to put together a winning margin of three or more goals here, then.