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Five of the best bets for the FA Cup third round

| 02.01.2015

With the FA Cup third round set to kick-off, Coral compile five brilliant bets for one of the biggest footballing weekends of the year.

Rochdale to beat Nottingham Forest
This fixture could prove a welcome distraction for both teams, who have endured patchy times in their respective leagues. For the home side to spring a surprise, they are 12/5 with Coral to do so. Forest have conceded six goals in their last two games and look shaky at the back, so expect Rochdale to try and press home an early advantage.

Leeds to beat Sunderland
Away side Leeds could use this tie as a distraction to rectify their dismal league form. They are 5/1 to spring a surprise on Gus Poyet’s Black Cats, who have conceded six in their last three games. Neil Redfearn needs a response from his side, and they famously beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in this round of the competition in 2010 when Jermaine Beckford netted the only goal.

James Wilson to score a hat-trick
Manchester United may hand talented youth striker Wilson a start as they travel to the West Country to take on Yeovil Town. On his debut against Hull City last season, he bagged a brace, though is 20/1 to go one better in the FA Cup and hit a hat-trick.

Troy Deeney to score first against Chelsea
The Blues may still be rattled following their 5-3 defeat to Tottenham, so expect Watford to hit the ground running when they visit Stamford Bridge. In-form striker Deeney who has scored nine so far this season is a live-wire and could be pumped up for the occasion. He is 9/1 to net the first goal.

Arsenal 3-2 Hull City
It’s a repeat of the 2014 final, so as a bit of a novelty, how about the Gunners and Tigers recording the same scoreline? Steve Bruce’s side will still be hurting from the circumstances that they lost the match in, having taken a 2-0 lead. For this eventuality to occur, Coral offering 25/1 odds.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.