English FA Cup Betting Tips Saturday – easily the biggest game of football on Saturday sees West Brom travel to Aston Villa in the sixth round.
Football betting tips site FC Bodog is really keen on West Brom to win this one under the guidance of Tony Pulis.
New Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood scored what could well turn out to be a priceless victory against Pulis earlier this week. Before that game Villa were in the relegation places but the wind has now lifted them three points clear.
However we really fancy West Brom to gain their attention at Villa Park. Tony Pulis’ side would have easily gained a points in that game had it not been for an awful goalkeeping performance from Ben Foster.
Foster recently had what some might call the temerity to announce his retirement from the England setup. However our view is that the former Manchester United reject was lucky to have played for the Three Lions in the first place.
It will be interesting to see if Pulis drops him in place of the highly capable Boaz Myhill because he made no commitment to the media after the Villa loss.
“I’ll tell the goalkeepers who’s playing before I tell anyone. How many clean sheets has Ben Foster kept this year? Is it nine? He’s been absolutely fantastic.”
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“Obviously Boaz Myhill had an injured finger so we’ve had to take that into account. Goalkeepers get highlighted like referees. It can cost you games.
“They had a day off yesterday so they could dust themselves down and we’ll start again. But I will speak to the two keepers,” said Pulis.
Despite the defeat West Brom have triumphed in six of their last 11 games under Pulis and remain a side very much on the up. Indeed during that spell they have only lost on two occasions and it will be a big surprise if they lose two matches in a row against a team of Villa’s quality. Or should we say lack of quality.
Tuesday’s victory was Villa’s first win since December 7 and we would not be confident about backing them at odds of 2.80 to win this inside 90 minutes. Because as the saying goes one swallow does not make a summer.
Our recommendation for this one is to back West Brom who are the narrow outsiders for this game at betting odds of 3.10.
Elsewhere on Saturday Bradford welcome Reading to Valley Parade. The Yorkshireside have a fine cup pedigree in recent yearshaving not out teams of the quality of Arsenal and Chelsea in knockout competitions.
But as the old football cliche goes it can be very easy to get yourself up for matches against teams of the quality of Chelsea and Arsenal but does the same apply when less glamorous sides such as Reading are in front of you?
Our view is that Steve Clarke’s Reading side represent value in this match at betting odds of 2.90. At the end of the day Reading possess a greater quality squad and Will arrive at Valley Parade under little pressure against aside who have earned such a large reputation as giant-killers.
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