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Notts County and Hartlepool can keep FA Cup dreams alive

| 14.12.2010

Paul Ince is slowly starting to turn things around at Notts County with two straight League One wins and his attentions will now be on securing a spot in the third round of the FA Cup at the expense of Bournemouth.

Notts County head into the all-League One showdown as the 5/4 favourites in the FA Cup betting odds market and they may be buoyed by the fact that they eliminated the same opposition in the second round of the competition last season.

On that occasion, the Meadow Lane outfit won 2-1 away from home, while the one meeting between the two at Bournemouth this season was an entertaining 3-3 draw.

Craig Westcarr scored in both of these games for Notts County and he is 6/1 to be the first goalscorer against Bournemouth.

Bournemouth should have the advantage based on their league position, as they currently sit in the play-off places, eight points ahead of their opposition.

Betting odds of 2/1 are offered that Bournemouth beat Notts County, although they have won only one of their nine away games in League One this season.

Elsewhere in the FA Cup, Hartlepool are 5/6 to beat a Yeovil side that have been relegated to the foot of League One.

Yeovil’s only win in their last nine games was their FA Cup first round triumph at Rushden and they have failed to score in their most recent two league appearances.

Other factors that go against Yeovil are that they slumped to a 2-0 home defeat against Hartlepool in their league meeting this season and that their top scorer Dean Bowditch is doubtful and will need to pass a late fitness test.

A £10 bet on the double of Bournemouth and Yeovil both surprising with away wins could lead to a payout of £130. New Ladbrokes customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.