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Bristol City, Posh and Blades forged as 9/2 FA Cup treble

| 08.11.2014

Fancy a flutter on the FA Cup? Then abandon the romance of the world’s oldest knockout football competition with Coral, and back individual odds-on favourites Bristol City, Peterborough United and Sheffield United all to win their first round ties at enhanced odds of 9/2.

Steve Cotterill’s Robins travel to Gillingham, while Posh host Carlisle United and the Blades are at Crewe Alexandra, who prop up League One. Upsets look exceedingly unlikely in each case, so combine the three featured teams to enjoy the best value. Here are some other reasons why this is a sure fire bet.

Gillingham v Bristol City
League One leaders City were unbeaten, including wins home and away, from three meetings with the Gills last season. Those are reason enough for Coral to make the Robins odds-on 10/11 favourites to win the tie at the Priestfield Stadium.

In attack, Bristol’s top team can boast 16-goal strike partnership Kieran Agard and Aaron Wilbraham. These summer signings are 6/4 and 13/10 respectively to continue their oustanding form by scoring anytime.

Peterborough v Carlisle
Posh have won their last three home games with Cumbrian club Carlisle by an aggregate score of 11-1. Couple that with the visitors enduring relegation last term, and you can see why Peterborough are odds-on 8/15 favourites to beat them again.

Young attacker Conor Washington opened the scoring for Posh in a 4-1 win back in April, so is 13/10 to net anytime again and 4/1 to grab yet another first goal.

Crewe v Sheffield United
The Blades won at Gresty Road just a couple of weeks ago on October 25th. Stefan Scougall scored the winner for the Steel City side, while Crewe had a man sent off. A repeat scoreline of 1-0 to Nigel Clough’s team comes in as a 6/1 shot, while a Sheffield United victory is odds-on at 5/6.

Scottish striker Scougall is a tempting 5/2 to repeat his scoring feat anytime here. Jose Baxter, who came through Everton’s academy, meanwhile, is 7/4 in the same market.

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Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.