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FA Cup Acca – Saturday 5th January 2019

I have to be honest and say that after the last few tips, I am not sorry to be saying goodbye to 2018 after three sets of games that teased me into thinking I would land that winner and then only to see the odd game or two let me down.

So 2018 hasn’t been the greatest year for me in terms of landing these accumulator tips, but the good news is that I’ve been so close on landing these last few tips, it’s only been one unusual result that has robbed me on a few of those bets, so I am confident heading into 2019.

We begin the year with the FA Cup Third Round and a selection of games from the weekend’s fixtures across Saturday and Sunday. This can be a tricky one as even games that appear to be massively in favour of one team, can turn out the opposite if teams decide to rest many key players.

As such, this is as much a case of predicting which teams will play weaker sides, as it is finding the tips, but the positive side of this is that if you can guess correctly which teams will do this, then you can find some great value odds in the selections.

It is worth noting too that there are replays in Round 3 and Round 4 of the FA Cup this season but after that we will then play extra time and penalties to decide the outcome of each tie, so a draw is always still a possible outcome at 90 minutes in any game right through the tournament.

Let us hope we get 2019 under way with a positive start with this fourfold accumulator from the FA Cup.

Saturday’s FA Cup Accumulator – 05/01/2019

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    • Bournemouth v Brighton - Draw
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    • Bristol City v Huddersfield - Home Win
    • 12:30
    • West Ham v Birmingham City - Draw
    • 3:00
    • Derby v Southampton - Home Win
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Bet Analysis: Saturday 5th January

Bournemouth v Brighton – Draw

There’s only two all-Premier League clashes in the 3rd Round this week, Wolves face Liverpool on Monday night but first off it’s a south coast derby as Bournemouth face Brighton in a game that is a repeat of the Premier League game that took place just before Christmas that Bournemouth won 2-0. That is the Cherries only win in a long run of games and in truth, Brighton are the team in the better form and the league table suggests there is little between the teams. As such, I can see this being a tight, edgy encounter and my money would be on this one going to a replay.

Bristol City v Huddersfield – Home Win

Bristol City produced one of the shocks of last season when they defeated Manchester United in the Carabao Cup and they have a chance to emulate that result against a Premier League side against out of sorts Huddersfield at Ashton Gate. David Wagner’s team have been in very poor form of late and confidence and morale is at a low ebb. As such, with Bristol City in decent form and in a strong position to make a run at the playoffs in the second half of the season, I think this could well be a game where the Premier League team bites the dust.

West Ham v Birmingham City – Draw

West Ham are a somewhat confusing team. They are brilliant at times and have some outstanding players, they find goals easy to score in some games and can win some very tough away fixtures, and then follow that up with a very lacklustre performance against a team that they really should beat. Manuel Pellegrini is yet to solve this and I think he will be another manager resting players for this game with a Birmingham side who have a division low five defeats in the Championship this season. This is a Birmingham City side that are tough to break down and I feel they are good enough to earn a draw from the game and take the Hammers to a replay at St.Andrews.

Derby County v Southampton – Home Win

Derby County surprised a few people with their outstanding display against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup earlier this season, the 2-2 draw, followed by a victory on penalties for Frank Lampard’s men warned teams as to how good this team could be and now Southampton face the task of trying to get past this talented young team on Saturday. The Saints have stalled a little under Ralph Hassenhuttl after a run of tough games it has to be said, but I can see the Austrian opting to rest some key players for this fixture to keep them fresh for the Premier League battle lying ahead and as such, I think this makes Derby a very good bet to land another Premier League scalp, especially seeing as the game is at Pride Park.

Dean Wyatt

Author: Dean Wyatt

Dean Wyatt is the founder and editor here at Acca Nation. He’s been betting sports for over 20 years and is a profitable sports trader on the exchanges.

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