Brighton, Swindon and Verona given the price-boost treble treatment
In the two FA Cup fifth-round games completed so far between opposition in different divisions, it is the side from lower down the football pyramid that have come out on top, with Wigan dumping out Cardiff and Sheffield United beating Nottingham Forest.
This bodes well for Brighton in eliminating Premier League visitors Hull and this victory could spearhead the latest price-boost treble.
Victories for Swindon over Peterborough and Hellas Verona in Serie A against Torino also feature and this treble has had its price enhanced to 14/1.
Brighton v Hull
Hull haven’t won on any of their last 20 visits to Brighton, since an old Division Three meeting in 1965 and The Seagulls are unbeaten in seven at home this season, conceding only twice in this period.
Brighton have won their last four on their own patch 1-0 and it is 6/1 that they do so again, with this price looking even more tempting given that Hull’s chosen strike partnership of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long are both suspended.
Furthermore, Hull’s last five away games have alternated between a 1-0 defeat and a 2-0 victory. If this continues here, Steve Bruce’s team will be out of the competition.
The fact that a quarter final with former manager Gus Poyet’s Sunderland lies in wait for the winner may be that added spur that Brighton need for victory.
Meanwhile, it is 13/8 that under 1.5 goals are scored in the game.
Swindon v Peterborough
Despite playing over a half with only 10 men in the first leg of this Johnstone’s Paint Trophy southern area final, Swindon still battled back from 2-0 down to draw with Peterborough.
Now with home advantage and against opposition that have conceded 16 goals in their last eight fixtures, Swindon can progress to a final with either Fleetwood or Chesterfield.
Swindon haven’t scored in their last two home games, but they have already beaten Peterborough at the County Ground in League One this season, while the visitors have only won three of their last 12 games in all competitions.
Both teams have scored in all of Swindon’s three home games in the competition thus far and it is 4/7 that this run continues here. It is 7/2 that Swindon win a clash in which both teams score, with 17/2 reasonable value that the hosts triumph 2-1.
Hellas Verona v Torino
On first viewing, Hellas’ recent home form has been slightly poor, with just one point from their last three Serie A games on their own patch.
However, this trio of games have been against the top three sides in the division and the latest draw with league leaders Juventus, where Hellas recovered from two goals down, should provide a confidence boost here.
Prior to this, Hellas had won eight of nine at home in Serie A, while Torino have taken nothing from any away game with opposition above them in the league standings this season.
Over 2.5 goals in the match is also worth considering here at 1/1, which is a bet that would have landed in Hellas’ last five Serie A home outings.