We’ve got five FA Cup predictions for Saturday’s first-round matches which can be combined in an acca at more than 21/1.
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Bolton to beat Plymouth @ 8/5
Bolton are rooted to the bottom of League One after their points deduction and their fans have had little to cheer this season but there is suddenly a feelgood factor at the club after three straight wins in all competitions. Last weekend’s 2-1 victory at home to high-flying Fleetwood was particularly impressive and Keith Hill will be determined to maintain that momentum at home to League Two Plymouth. Argyle lost 4-0 at local rivals Exeter last time out and have only managed one away win since the opening weekend, so we’re opposing them as the first of our FA Cup predictions.
Blackpool to beat Morecambe @ 2/5
This is another League Two team visiting League One opposition but Morecambe only have to make a short trip down the coast for this one. The Shrimps are bottom of the Football League and facing a fight to avoid relegation to the National League, with long-serving manager Jim Bentley recently leaving to join AFC Fylde. They have had a couple of encouraging results of late but their overall form this season suggests they will be no match for a Blackpool team which is just one point off the League One play-off places after last week’s 4-3 victory against Peterborough.
Accrington to beat Crewe @ 5/4
Accrington can consider themselves unfortunate to be languishing in 19th in League One and the expected goals data shows they should be knocking on the door of the play-offs. Inconsistency has been a problem but the recent 2-0 win against leaders Ipswich highlighted what they are capable of. Crewe, on the other hand, look to be overachieving in League Two and have only visited two teams in the top half, picking up just one point. This looks a tough trip and Stanley are fancied in our FA Cup acca.
Ipswich to beat Lincoln @ 18/25
Ipswich lead the way in League One and are widely regarded as the best team in the division. They were unbeaten until suffering a blip with back-to-back defeats last month but have recovered well with two successive wins. Lincoln have enjoyed recent FA Cup success but have found life harder since the Cowley brothers departed and have only managed one win since the end of August, so an upset at Portman Road looks unlikely.
Peterborough to win at Stevenage @ 3/5
Peterborough’s automatic promotion hopes in League One have suffered a setback in the last week with defeats at Blackpool and Shrewsbury, but they are by far the top scorers in the division, with 39 goals from just 17 games. Stevenage are battling for survival in League Two and are the joint-lowest scorers with only 12 goals, so Posh should have the firepower to ease through as the last of our FA Cup tips.
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