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Saturday’s FA Cup Acca – Sat 16th February

The FA Cup may have lost a bit of the glamour that it used to have in days gone by, when it was seen by many as the pinnacle of cup success anywhere around the world, but it is still a competition that every one of the 92 teams in the Football League, plus thousands of others in non-league, would love to win.

Due the extended nature of the FA Cup competition nowadays, we see all eight of the FA Cup Fifth Round ties, which now will be played to a completion even if extra time and penalties are required, played beginning on Friday night with QPR v Watford and finishing Monday evening with the Chelsea v Man Utd clash.

This leaves us with three games on Saturday and three on Sunday so I am going to change my usual fourfold bet and instead do two FA Cup trebles each day in the hope that we can land a winner or two. Goodness knows, we’ve been so close so often over the last few weeks that maybe one less game may be what is required to turn those narrow losses into wins.

So without any further ado, let us begin this weekend with this selection of tips from the FA Cup Fifth Round games on Saturday.

Saturday’s FA Cup Accumulator – 16/02/2019

    • 12:30
    • Brighton v Derby - Draw
    • 3:00
    • Wimbledon v Millwall - Away Win
    • 5:30
    • Newport v Man City - Away Win
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Bet Analysis: Saturday 16th February

Brighton v Derby County – Draw

Although all the FA Cup ties will be played to a conclusion from the fifth round onwards, you can still back a draw at the end of 90 minutes an dthat is precisely how I see this game between Frank Lampard’s young and attack-minded Derby side and Chris Hughton’s somewhat beleaguered Brighton team going. Brighton’s poor form in the league has seen them being drawn into the relegation battle at the foot of the table, while Derby are still pushing hard for a playoff spot in the Championship. In terms of confidence, Derby will have the edge but Brighton are still a tough nut to crack at home, as West Brom found out in the last round. I can see this one going to extra time and penalties to decide the winner, hence I am backing the draw.

AFC Wimbledon v Millwall – Away Win

Two of the FA Cup Fourth Round giantkillers clash this weekend as AFC Wimbledon, who humbled West Ham 4-2 in the last round, take on a Millwall side that put paid to Everton’s cup hopes with a 3-2 victory at the New Den. In truth, neither side probably wanted this draw, with a glamour tie against a top side a much more financially beneficial option, but it does give the winning side a chance at an FA Cup quarterfinal and they would be just one game away from a Wembley semifinal. Wimbledon’s struggles have been such that I think Millwall are the smarter pick here. The Championship side may not be in the best of form but they are in a higher division and performing markedly better in the league at least, than the home side. Millwall’s experience will be key and I think they’ll shade a narrow win inside the 90 minutes.

Newport County v Manchester City – Away Win

Can I make a case for Newport County to pull off what would be arguably the biggest upset in FA Cup history? No, I can’t. Not even close. No matter how you analyse the statistics or the advantages Newport have playing at home, or even that they held Spurs at home last season in the FA Cup, the fact is City are just so superior in every department that even if they do play what is essentially a reserve team (as I think they will), then I feel they will still be far too good for Newport County to deal with. I can’t see City smashing nine goals past Newport like they did Burton Albion, nor can I see them sticking six past them like they did Chelsea, but I am banking on City winning this game very comfortably indeed and giving themselves every chance of progressing deep into this competition this season.

Dean Wyatt

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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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