Crawley decent bet at 2/1 to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup

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Not since 1994 has a non league club reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, but football betting odds of 2/1 are available that Crawley do so this season.

Crawley caused one of the biggest upsets of the third round when a stoppage-time goal from Sergio Torres secured a 2-1 victory over Championship outfit Derby.

However, despite the three-tier gulf between the clubs, Conference high-flyers Crawley were well backed to qualify from the tie and they may find some supporters again when they travel to Torquay in round four.

FA Cup betting odds have Crawley at 4/9 to be eliminated in the fourth round, but there is every reason to suggest that they can continue their cup adventure.

Crawley have taken the three points in seven of their ten away games in the league this season, while Torquay have been struggling for victories in League Two.

Torquay have lost their last four home games in the league, although they have won 1-0 at Plainmoor in the last two rounds of the FA Cup.

This form gives Crawley more than a reasonable chance of progressing past Torquay and becoming the first non league team since Kidderminster to reach the fifth round.

Although they will not be looking too far ahead, if Crawley did get to the fifth round and then got a favourable draw, they could make a big statement by reaching the quarter finals of the competition.

Tottenham were the last non league team to make it to the last eight in 1901 and in that season they went on to lift the trophy.

Crawley are 10/1 in the FA Cup betting to be knocked out in the quarter finals and 2000/1 to win the competition.

They were bigger at 5000/1 before their win over Derby.

A £10 bet on Crawley being knocked out in the semi finals of the FA Cup could see a return of £800. New Ladbrokes customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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Craig Kemp

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