Check out part II of our FA Cup betting preview so that you can score some big wins with wisely placed bets.
The first half of the FA Cup 1/8 finals will be held on Saturday, while the rest of the games will be played on Sunday. According to UK gambling news, football fans can expect plenty of great football action as 9 sides will go head to head on each day of the 1/8 finals round. Here, we will look at the encounters that will be played on Sunday.
• Bradford face a difficult task against Sunderland
• Arsenal looking to overcome Middlesbrough
• Man United will play Preston away on Sunday night
Aston Villa seems to have a realistic chance to make it to the next round if they manage to overcome Leicester. Sunderland will play Bradford away as they will be looking to beat with relative ease. Arsenal, the current defending champions, will be tested against Middlesbrough and lastly Manchester United will visit Preston North End which should produce a good game.
Aston Villa vs Leicester City and Bradford vs Sunderland
Leicester City are struggling to cope with the challenges of the Premier League. So far they have only accumulated 17 points from 25 games which has granted last place on the table. They have been awful playing away from home as they recorded a staggering 10 losses, while the rest of the games ended in 1 draw and only 2 wins. It seems obvious why their odds for success against Aston Villa away are low 3.00 (2/1), per Bet365.
Aston Villa, who will be the hosts for the encounter, have been dealt favorite status for the match 2.45 (16/11), per Bet365. Although their chances are higher than their opponent’s, they Lions are not that much better in the Premier League seeing that they stand in 18th position. Their record at home is 2 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses, which is why online sportsbooks in UK believe that a draw 3.30 (23/10) may be quite possible for the match.
Bradford City play in League One, the third tier of English football, which means that their upcoming game against Sunderland at home will prove a difficult one. The Bantams are in 8th place with 41 points from 28 games in League One and they maintain a home record of 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses. Since they will go head to head with a team that is competing in the Premier League, their odds have been set at a high 3.80 (14/5).
Sunderland on the other hand are 15th in the league with 24 points from 25 games so far in the top flight of English football. They managed to record 2 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses while playing on the road which has propelled Bet365 to give them preferential status 2.05 (12/11). A tie may also be on the cards 3.40 (12/5) judging by the results in recent encounters.
Arsenal vs Middlesbrough and Preston North End vs Manchester United
The Gunners went almost a full decade without any major silverware so when they won the FA Cup last season everyone associated with Arsenal was delighted. This year they have upgraded themselves with some impressive talent, and although their performances in the league have not been great they are going strong in the cup. They sit in 5th with 45 points and have a home record of 8 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss, which is why they are favored 1.44 (4/9) against Middlesbrough.
The Boro are very successful as they have accumulated 59 points from 30 games so far and are 1st, however the difference is that they are competing in the Championship and not the most demanding league in England. While playing on the road they have notched 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses, however that isn’t enough to sway the odds in their favor. Bet365 has given them outsider chances 7.50 (13/2) while a draw stands at 4.50 (7/2).
Manchester United will play against Preston North End away on Monday evening. Preston, the League One side, has a history with the Red Devils as they are the ones that got David Beckham on loan in the 1994-1995 season before he turned into a superstar. Now the team is doing pretty well in their league seeing as they occupy 4th spot and have a home record of 7 wins, 6 draws and 1 loss.
Although Man United are still trying to regain their strength following the appointment of new manager Louis van Gaal, they are a far superior team to Preston. The Red Devils are 3rd in the Premier League and will definitely be looking to record a win, despite the fact that in the league their away record is not very impressive (3 wins, 7 draws and 2 losses). Mobile betting sites still favor them to win 1.50 (1/2), while Preston are outsiders 7.50 (13/2).