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Coral’s best bets for midweek FA Cup third round replays

| 19.01.2016

Lee Gormley | January 18, 2016

Best bets for FA Cup replays

Ahead of the FA Cup third round replays this midweek, Coral outline the best bets to back during the action, as sides from England’s Premier League down to the National League contest for a coveted fourth round spot.

In-form Murphy to inspire Ipswich victory

Soccer - Sky Bet League Championship - Fulham v Ipswich Town - Craven Cottage

Republic of Ireland frontman Daryl Murphy has enjoyed a surge in form in recent weeks, bagging the winner over Brighton on Ipswich Town’s travels before his strike against Preston North End last time out which earned a point.

The Irish hitman is 6/1 to open proceedings in this FA Cup replay against Portsmouth at Fratton Park, having missed out on the initial encounter with Pompey. So, back him to open the scoring and send the Tractor Boys on their way to the fourth round.

Yeovil Town to hold Carlisle for extra-time

Carlisle United v Yeovil Town - Emirates FA Cup - Third Round - Bloomfield Road

These two League Two outfits drew 2-2 in their previous encounter, with fans expecting a closer contest than maybe first expected. There may be 14 positions separating them domestically, but another stalemate looks on the cards in Yeovil, with that scenario meaning extra-time, so back Carlisle to be held once again at 12/5.

Aston Villa can edge out Wycombe in close clash

Aston Villa v Leicester City - Barclays Premier League - Villa Park

Remi Garde’s Aston Villa were haplessly held by fourth-tier Wycombe Wanderers in a match which caused their supporters to react angrily towards such another underwhelming performance, though the Villans should capitalise on home advantage this time out.

Back the West Midlands club to overcome Wycombe but both teams getting on the scoresheet at 12/5 in what could still be a surprisingly testing clash for the top flight hosts.

Bradford’s Cole for goal in Bury battle

Soccer - Sky Bet League One - Bradford City v MK Dons - Coral Windows Stadium

In a scoreless draw first time around, both Bradford City and Bury were unable to fully take their chances, but the League One competitors will have learnt from their mistakes ahead of this cup replay.

For the hosts, teenage marksman Devante Cole will be gunning for further goal scoring success after becoming his side’s top finisher domestically and he is 15/8 to strike anytime on home turf.

Holmes holds key for Northampton success

Northampton v Northwich Victoria - FA Cup - Second Round - Sixfields Stadium

Ricky Holmes was in fine form for Northampton Town in the eventual 2-2 draw last time out in the FA Cup against MK Dons, and the clinical attacker will look to add to his impressive four goals in as many recent outings.

The Cobblers forward is a tasty 10/3 to net again against the Dons as he continues his rampant run of form in front of goal in previous appearances.

Eastleigh ready for cup shock over Bolton

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City - Macron Stadium

Neil Lennon’s Bolton Wanderers have been struggling massively in the Championship and they echoed their stuttering domestic form in the recent 1-1 draw with National League side Eastleigh, with a late second-half strike sparing any further blushes.

With the second tier outfit focusing on battling back from a daunting league position, Eastleigh could pounce for a truly shocking FA Cup upset, and the visitors are 7/2 to stun their opponents on the road.

Skipper Hudson to lead Huddersfield by example again

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic - John Smith's Stadium

Huddersfield Town skipper Mark Hudson has enjoyed a rare purple patch in front of goal, having dispatched in his last outings, including a cup strike in the initial match-up with Reading.

Back the club captain to lead by example once again for a third goal in as many games anytime at 12/1 in this replay during the midweek FA Cup third round replay action.


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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.