aims to provide all users with safe, fair and regulated recommendations for which online gambling sites to use as well as fun predictions for accumulator bets. In the interest of transparency we'd like you to know that we are compensated for any traffic we send to online bookmakers.

FA Cup Third Round Acca – 8th & 9th January

No luck last weekend and in truth, it was a pretty disappointing selection I put together. I’ll hold my hands up and say that I got that one wrong and I’ll be looking to bounce back here.

This weekend is FA Cup 3rd Round weekend and when I was a youngster, this was arguably the most exciting weekend of the season with the chance of cup upsets or two giants of the game being drawn against each other.

Now though, its value has been watered down a little with so many Premier League teams fielding below strength sides in the competition, especially in the early rounds, while the gap between the elite in the Premier League and the Championship and Leagues One and Two is just growing larger year by year.

However, I do think that this does give us an opportunity here, especially if we can identify one or two games that have the real potential to be giant killings. We’ve seen a number of them over the years in the FA Cup third round, and I am sure this year will be no different.

Of course, the one big caveat here is Covid-19 and at the moment, all games are seemingly on. However that could change over time but just so you know, if you place an acca and one of your games is postponed, then the remaining legs of your acca will stand at the adjusted odds.

That benefitted me a couple of weeks back when two games were postponed, but the other two went ahead and were winners for me leading to a small but welcome double!

Here’s my selections for the FA Cup Third Round games this weekend.

New Year EPL Acca Tip – 8th & 9th January 2022

    • 3:00
    • Sat - Leicester City v Watford Home Win
    • 3:00
    • Sat - West Brom v Brighton Away Win
    • 5:30
    • Sat - Hull City v Everton Away Win
    • 2:00
    • Sun - West Ham v Leeds Utd Home Win
Choose Your Stake
  • Returns
  • Bet Now
  • Free Bet

Bet Analysis: Saturday 8th January

Leicester City v Watford – Home Win

Watford don’t have the best record against Leicester and were beaten 4-2 by the Foxes in the Premier League back in November. They have won just one of the last six between the teams, Leicester winning four in that period, three of those by a 2-0 scoreline. The Hornets have made some new signings already in the Transfer Window and these players may get a chance here, but even if Leicester rotate a few players, as they have at times this season in cup competitions, they will still be very strong and should be more than good enough to land the win here.

West Brom v Brighton – Away Win

These two teams met in the FA Cup a few years back in the fourth round and after a 0-0 draw at Brighton, the Seagulls won the replay 3-1 at the Hawthorns. Since then I think West Brom have declined as a team a little, while I have seen real evidence of significant improvement from Brighton especially this season where they have given some top teams a real run for their money on the road. West Brom is a tough one and the only thing that will stop Brighton here, I believe, is if Graham Potter rests almost all his first teamers. I can’t see him doing that for this game and though he may rotate a few, Brighton should still have enough to land the win.

Hull City v Everton – Away Win

Hull City occupy a similar spot in the Championship table (19th) as Everton do in the Premier League (15th), outside the relegation places but not comfortably so. The East Yorkshire side had been on a four game winning run in November, but failed to win in December and were beaten also last weekend by Blackpool. Everton’s form of late has not been great and a defeat here would heap huge pressure on manager Rafa Benitez. A good cup run however can be the catalyst for change at a team like Everton and I am backing Benitez to put out a strong team here and do enough to get into the fourth round of the competition.

Bet Analysis: Sunday 9th January

West Ham United v Leeds United – Home Win

Both these sides picked up good wins in the Premier League last weekend, and I do feel that both will make some changes for this tie. For me, West Ham are much the stronger of the two teams and also squads. The one worry I have for West Ham is their injuries in defence which I think has derailed them a little bit over the last month or so. Leeds though are conceding far too many goals at the moment and I think they are struggling to expose teams quite as much as they did last season. With home advantage too, I am backing West Ham to emerge as comfortable winners here.

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.

View About Page