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Preston to spring big FA Cup surprise and help land treble

| 14.01.2014

With 10 FA Cup third round fixtures taking place on Tuesday night, there is ample opportunity to find a lucrative multiple to boost profits.

We have settled for three replays to form this 7/1 treble, with Peterborough and Wigan expected to take care of lower-league opposition, while Preston can cause an upset against a depleted Ipswich.

Preston to beat Ipswich @ 5/4

Sam Allardyce may be struggling in the Premier League with a raft of injuries, but down in the Championship, it is Mick McCarthy at Ipswich that is witnessing the treatment room becoming short on space.

Over a handful of players are set to miss this replay at League One Preston, including the influential Aaron Cresswell and fellow first-team regulars Daryl Murphy, Cole Skuse and Luke Chambers.

New signing Sylvain Ebanks-Blake is also injured and Ipswich are winless in four.

Preston come into this fixture having won three of their last four in the league and they have avoided defeat in all nine home meetings with Ipswich this century, which is a run that includes five victories in the last six.

Wigan to beat MK Dons @ 7/5

In another replay that sees a Championship team take on opposition from the division below, this time we are expecting the team in the second tier to get the job done.

Wigan should arguably have got the job done at the first time of asking, having led both 2-0 and 3-2 at home, but in their favour is that they are now enjoying a seven-game unbeaten run, which includes back-to-back successes on the road.

The chances of MK Dons dumping out the reigning FA Cup holders will also not be helped by Patrick Bamford’s loan deal from Chelsea expiring, who was responsible for the equaliser in his last appearance for the club in the initial meeting.

Comments from Wigan manager Uwe Rosler that he wants the opportunity to face Premier League opposition suggest that the Latics will not be playing a weakened team here, with Crystal Palace awaiting the winners in round four.

Peterborough to beat Kidderminster @ 1/2

Non-league Kidderminster may have done remarkably well to hold the League One title contenders to a goalless draw in the initial meeting, but their away form this season suggests it will be a monumental achievement to do something similar in this replay.

Whereas Kidderminster have won 10 of their 13 home games in the Conference Premier, they have lost seven of their 13 on the road, which includes one point from a possible 15.

Peterborough have lost four of their last five in all competitions, but they have won three of their last four at London Road and have the firepower to get through here, even with Lee Tomlin suspended.

There may even be some mileage in upping the price of this treble to 10/1 by backing Peterborough to overcome a one-goal handicap at 6/5, rather than backing them simply to secure victory.