FA CUP AND BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER WEEKEND BETTING PREVIEW
Friday Nov 30, 2012
BY ALAN ALGER FROM BLUE SQUARE BET
Ten Blue Square Bet teams remain in the FA Cup as the competition reaches the Second Round stage this weekend. They are joined by an eleventh Non-League team in the shape of Hastings United, the lowest ranked team remaining.
The south coast side make the trip to Yorkshire to face Harrogate Town of the Blue Square Bet North, having already seen off
Bishop's Stortford from the same section. Hastings are outsiders once again, but with a bit more respect in their price of 9/2 following that First Round victory. Harrogate are the odds-on favourites at 4/7 but have failed to score in their last two games. Chelmsford City from the Blue Square Bet South travel to 2010/11 Blue Square Bet Premier champions Crawley Town. They are priced at 6/1 to pull off a shock against the Red Devils, who now compete in League One.
Dorchester Town of the same division visit Blue Square Bet Premier title favourites Luton Town. A game
which is sandwiched between two FA Trophy games between the sides. A replay required at Kenilworth Road next week after Dorchester's last gasp equaliser a few days ago. A 2-2 scoreline that will give them plenty of confidence for Saturday's match in the FA's showpiece competition. An away win is priced at 6/1 whilst a win for Luton is as short as 2/5.
Blue Square Bet Premier' clashes on Saturday look hard to call. The 1pm kick-off at Sincil Bank will see Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth receive the November manager of the month award for the division before the game. His side will then take on his former club Mansfield Town in a match that looks ripe for a draw priced at 12/5.
We can hardly split Barrow and Macclesfield for their game at Holker St. Steve King's visitors the narrow favourites at 6/4.
On Sunday Alfreton Town host Leyton Orient in a live ESPN game. Nicky Law's team priced at 7/2 to beat the in-form
Hereford also feature on ESPN as their short trip to Cheltenham is shown live on Monday night. The Bulls are 4/1 to repeat the excellent win they had over Shrewsbury in the previous round. Full prices for which of the Non-League teams will progress furthest in the FA Cup will be on offer before the round gets underway and straight after Sunday's draw on www.bluesq.com.
BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Current league leaders Grimsby Town are the 5/6 favourites to win at Ebbsfleet United on a day which could end with any one of five teams heading the standings. The Mariners have only lost once away in the league all season but take on a Fleet side in good form. Liam Daish's men have won three of their last four league games and are 11/4 outsiders in a match which could produce plenty of goals.
Wrexham are the 13/10 favourites when they go to Aggborough to face Kidderminster. The Harriers are slowly but surely moving up the table, but are the 7/4 outsiders to continue that path with three points here.
Newport will be looking to regain top spot in a re-arranged home fixture against Gateshead. They are 10/11 to win this game following three straight defeats in all competitions. Gateshead are improving all the time and could make some appeal at 13/5. Forest Green Rovers should put pressure on the trio above them as they are 4/9 to take all three points at home to bottom club Nuneaton. With Kevin Wilkin's team struggling for goals of late they cannot be recommended even at a big price of 5/1. Dartford's game at Tamworth completes a quintet of fixtures featuring the teams in top spot and the play-off places. The Darts are 13/10 favourites to win at The Lamb, where the home side have only won twice in the league all season.
Stockport County have lost their last two league matches but are Evens favourites when Southport are the visitors on Saturday. A third away win of the season for Liam Watson's side is priced at 9/4. Hyde can go level on points with their weekend opponents Woking if they win at odds of 13/10. An away win for the Surrey side is 7/4.
Alan's Best Weekend Treble:
DRAW - Lincoln City v Mansfield Town
GRIMSBY TOWN to win at Ebbsfleet United
GATESHEAD to win at Newport County