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Arsenal to avoid FA Cup upset at Blackpool? Sevilla to close in on Barcelona?

Wolves scuppered a tasty 7/2 treble in midweek as they fell to a shock defeat at home to Crystal Palace. This weekend focuses on the FA Cup third round and with so many top sides now putting out weakened teams there is value to be had out there for punters who do their research.

Running total: -£21.61

The Banker

Arsenal have shipped 12 goals in their last six games and could be vulnerable when they head to Bloomfield Road to face Blackpool. Unai Emery made a whole host of changes when the teams met in the League Cup earlier this term and the Tangerines made their presence felt before eventually losing 2-1. Blackpool have only won one of their last seven league games but should be right up for this tie. Given they will be fielding a full strength side, the punt here surely is backing Arsenal to win and both teams to score.

Selection: £4 on Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 13/8 with bet365.

The First Goal Flutter

Lucas Moura has been on the periphery of the Spurs starting XI in recent weeks but should start against Tranmere on Friday night. Tranmere have a decent FA Cup pedigree and have been in great form at Prenton Park, losing just one of their last 13 home games. However even a much-changed Spurs side should be too hot and Moura, who has bagged eight goals already this season, looks tempting at 5/1 to score first.

Selection: £2 on Moura to score first at 5/1 with bet365.

Arsenal only beat Blackpool 2-1 when they met in a Carabao Cup tie at the Emirates last October.
 

The Tasty Treble

Manchester United are purring right now under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and rate as banker material to see off Reading at Old Trafford on Saturday's early kick-off. The Red Devils have won 14 of their last 17 FA Cup matches and look a solid shout at 20/21 to cover a two-goal handicap against the Royals.

Elsewhere, both teams to score looks a standout price at 11/10 when Woking host Watford. Working have scored 47 goals in 23 league matches this season while the Hornets have managed just one clean sheet in their last 11 games.

Finally, add Derby at 9/5 to beat Southampton for a treble paying in excess of 10/1. The Rams dumped Manchester United out of the League Cup earlier this season and have the players, especially up front, to stun the Saints.

Selection: £2 on the treble at 10.47/1 with bet365.

The Euro Wager

Sevilla look a spot of value at 9/5 to beat an Atletico Madrid side who've won only two away games this season. Atleti are just three points behind leaders Barcelona but it's their home form that has largely kept them in the title race. Sevilla have taken 19 points from eight home games so far and are a tough proposition for anyone at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Selection: £5 on Sevilla to win at 9/5 with bet365.

The Wildcard Tip

It seems like longer but it's only 10 years since Portsmouth last won the FA Cup and they could be worth a punt at 4/1 to win at Norwich. The Canaries have struggled to keep clean sheets at Carrow Road despite their lofty league position while Pompey are absolutely flying in League One.

Selection: £1 on Portsmouth to win at 4/1 with bet365.

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