FA Cup Betting Tips

fa cupBy Mark Rawlinson

It’s the first round of the FA Cup this weekend and there’s plenty of non-league teams looking to cause upsets against teams in the professional game.

AFC Wimbledon v Coventry City (Friday)

Tonight, League Two side AFC Wimbledon host a Coventry City side who are rapidly closing in on the League One play-off spots.

The old Wimbledon club were FA Cup winners in 1988, although the furthest the new club have ever gone is the second round proper.

That was in 2011 where they faced MK Dons, the side which had been controversially relocated from the old club, but they were defeated 2-1.

Coventry started the season on minus ten points but have had a superb start to their League One campaign, and are currently unbeaten in six games in the league.

They will be without John Fleck though, who misses out through suspension. Wimbledon, meanwhile, are without the services of injured pair Will Antwi and Chris Arthur.

Unsurprisingly, the in-form Coventry side are favourites for victory tonight, with Bet Victor offering the best odds of 4/5. The best odds on a Wimbledon win are provided by Bet 365 at 19/5.

This match is live on BT Sports from 7:45pm.

Bishop’s Stortford v Northampton Town (Sunday)

Conference South title chasers Bishop’s Stortford will fancy their chances of causing an FA Cup giant-killing on Sunday as they play League Two strugglers Northampton Town.

The Bishops are in hot form in the league, having won their last four league matches and currently sit third in the league and beat Conference Premier side Forest Green Rovers 1-0 to reach the first round.

Northampton on the other hand, sit rock-bottom of the Football League and they have only picked up two points from their last five games.

Last season’s League Two final play-off runners up are favourites heading into the match with Bet Victor providing odds of 11/10.

But My Bet of the Weekend is on a Bishop’s Stortford win. I think the non-leaguers could have the edge against a Northampton side low on morale and Boylesports offer generous odds of 14/5 on them winning.

You can catch this one live on ITV 1 from 2pm.

Shortwood United v Port Vale (Monday)

Shortwood United are the lowest ranked team left in the FA Cup and they face League One side Port Vale in the biggest game in their history.

Shortwood play in the Calor Southern League Division One South & West, which is five levels below their Staffordshire opponents.

Their run in the competition is in complete contrast to their league form, where they lie 18th, although have a number of games in hand.

They beat former Football League side Aldershot Town 2-1 in a fourth qualifying round replay to set up their first appearance in the round one but go into the match as big underdogs.

Bet Victor provide the best odds on a win for the minnows at 11/1, whilst Paddy Power are backing Vale at 3/10.

This match is live on BT Sport 1 from 7:45pm.

There are of course a number of First Round matches taking place on Saturday afternoon, and you can see the latest odds on these games at BritBets by clicking HERE.

You can also claim free bets with Bet Victor by clicking HERE.