Hatters at the head of our very tasty FA Cup accumulator
Everyone loves a Saturday acca, but with the ‘Magic of the FA Cup’ seeing a shock or two in the early rounds, it can be tricky separating the bankers from the banana skins.
Nevertheless, Ladbrokes News’ Ben Stones has put together a very tempting five-fold at odds of 23/1 that could begin your cup run in style.
And what’s more, if one side screws you over and causes your accumulator to fall at the final hurdle, you could get your money back as a free bet!*
Here’s who gets into our bet and the reasons for their inclusion.
Both these sides are doing well in League Two, but their current form has gone in different directions of late.
Newport have only won one of their last five away from home, while the Hatters have come out on top in five of their last six at Kenilworth Road.
And with influential captain Andy Sandell out for County, we can only see this going one way.
The Silverlake Stadium has been a fortress in recent months; just Borehamwood have taken three points off the Spitfires on their own patch this calendar year.
You have to go all the way back to August and their 2-1 triumph over Barnet to find Lincoln’s last win on the road, a run that stretches back eight games. That could be extended down in Hampshire.
Another side that have dominated in front of their own fans are Bury. The Shakers have won their last eight at Gigg Lane and occupy a playoff spot in League Two.
And while Hemel Hempstead are in decent nick in the Conference South this season, they can throw in the occasional stinker, such as their 4-0 mauling by Gosport and their 6-0 pasting at the hands of neighbours Borehamwood. David Flitcroft’s men could add another example of this on Saturday.
Although this pitches a Conference South side against a Conference National outfit, an away win would be more of a shock at the Camrose (or Soccer AM Stadium as it is know this season).
Basingstoke are top of the pile and before losing to Chelmsford last week had won seven of their previous eight games.
Telford meanwhile, sit bottom of the league, with seven defeats in their nine away games so far. These two could be swapping divisions come May if the run continues.
A similar situation applies here, although perhaps to a lesser extent.
Dartford finished in the relegation places of the Conference National last season, but were given a reprieve when Salisbury were banished from the league, and they haven’t started this campaign any better.
In fact, they have only won once on the road since March, and could suffer more misery at the hands of a Bromley side on a winning streak of four games.
All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing
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