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Bet of the day: Bradford to win FA Cup replay by three or more

| 18.11.2015

Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | November 18, 2015

Bantams value to batter Shots

  • Two divisions separate Bradford and Aldershot
  • Cup runs have been Bantams’ specialty in recent years
  • Home advantage huge for Parkinson’s men

Bradford can thrash non-league opposition

Bradford City have simply loved cup football in recent times; they contest the 2013 Capital One Cup final whilst being a fourth tier team and knocked holders Chelsea out of last season’s FA Cup.

Soccer - FA Cup - Sixth Round - Bradford City v Reading - Valley Parade

Phil Parkinson’s Bantams should thus be able to annihilate Aldershot – a Conference club – and Coral offer an enhanced 7/2 price on a home win at Valley Parade by a margin of three goals or more in 90 minutes.

Punters can stake a maximum of £20 on this brilliantly boosted bet, which means Bradford could return £90 and £70 pure profit.

Gulf in class

If the Bantams have knocked Premier League opposition out of domestic cup competitions over the last three years, then they should be more the capable of crushing the Shots, who hail from two divisions below the League One outfit.

They sit outside the third tier play-offs on goal difference, while Aldershot are languishing in mid-table mediocrity and have former Bradford defender Luke Oliver in their ranks.

Offloaded by Parkinson following promotion from League Two, he simply couldn’t cut it and now his former teammates should come back to haunt him.

Hanson man

Soccer - Sky Bet League One - Bradford City v Chesterfield - Coral Windows Stadium

An FA Cup occasion such as this ought to suit Bantams target man James Hanson down to the ground. Plucked by Bradford from non-league, he will relish the physical battle with Oliver.

Hanson has scored two in his last three home games, while Devante Cole (son of ex-England striker Andrew) is joint-leading Bantams marksman with five.

Winger Kyle Reid’s loan return to Valley Parade adds some guile and directness from the flanks, and Irish attacker Billy Clarke should prove a real handful in-behind Aldershot.

There is more than enough quality among Bradford’s forward players to put together a winning margin of three or more goals here, then.


Check out our previous bets of the day and our FA Cup coverage.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.