The magic of the Emirates FA Cup returns this weekend for its Third Round. And while there’s the potential for a handful of giant killings, Cardiff City and Fulham is one of just nine fixtures involving sides from the same division.
But even with that in mind, and despite playing away from home, it’s Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham side who’ll head into this fixture as 7/5 favourites.
And it’s easy to see why, too. They’ve lost just two games on the road in all competitions this season, while the Bluebirds have already lost six home matches thus far.
This is also the stage in which Cardiff were knocked out last season, at home to Shrewsbury Town.
And it’s also worth noting that the Cottagers have progressed to the Fourth Round in seven of the last eight campaigns – a remarkable statistic considering the amount of change the club has seen during that time.
The hosts have relied heavily on goals from Peter Whittingham and Anthony Pilkington from midfield thus far this season. Sand we’re offering 12/1 and 6s respectively for those players to open the scoring.
Meanwhile, we’re more tempted by the 6/1 on offer for the visitors’ Matt Smith to open the scoring in Chris Martin’s absence.
However, the best bet for us would have to be the 8/13 on offer for both sides finding the net.
Short as it may be, you’d have been on to a winner in 12 of the last 13 meetings between this pair had you have backed it.
So, with all of the above in mind, here are our three Top Bets for the game…
Fulham to win – 7/5
Fulham to win & BTTS – 10/3
Matt Smith to score and Fulham to win – 7/2
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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing