The Cinderella stories of the FA Cup are legendary in England. The oldest national football competition in the world has had some small clubs make deep runs over the years, and many of the small clubs are looking to capture the hearts of their countrymen this weekend in the third round of the FA Cup. Only 64 clubs are left, and right now the darling everyone is cheering for is Woking. Woking are in the sixth tier of English soccer, and they are the only semi-pro club left in the competition.
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AFC Bournemouth -125
Brighton & Hove Albion +317
This is one of two matches between Premier League clubs at this stage of the competition, and both Bournemouth and Brighton have to feel hard done by the draw to meet so early. This round of the FA Cup is when Premier League and Championship teams first enter the fray, so one of these two clubs will be one and done.
Bournemouth and Brighton met just two weeks ago in EPL action. David Brooks notched a brace in that game to lead the Cherries to a victory, and they know they can beat the Seagulls at home. However, they are very banged up in the back. Simon Francis, Lewis Cook, and Adam Smith have all gone down in recent weeks, and that has led to them struggling in league play.
West Ham United -235
Birmingham City +514
Over/Under 2.5 and 3
Birmingham and West Ham both got off to slow starts this season, but both clubs have seen their form and results improve as the campaign has waged forward. Birmingham might be able to make it back to the Premier League for the first time in eight years at the end of the year, and West Ham are square in the middle of the pack.
The big question for the Hammers is who they will start in this match. West Ham have 10 players on the injury list, so although they will be playing at home, they are going to be short-handed.
Over/Under 3 and 3.5
Woking were relegated from the National League after a disappointing campaign last year, but the semi-pro club has used a favorable draw and some great play to get to this point. They beat Torquay United and Swindon Town on the road to set up this match-up, and Woking will get the privilege of hosting EPL side Watford.
Watford are sitting at ninth in the table, and they have played well over the last few weeks. However, they have to travel to Bournemouth a few days before this game, and it’s unlikely they bring their usual starting lineup to town for this match. They will still be large favorites over the semi-pro club, but it could take a while for them to put this away.
Wolverhampton Wanderers +267
Liverpool FC -122
Over/Under 2.5 and 3
The schedule makers saved the best match for last. Liverpool are the best team in the Premier League right now, and they have yet to lose a game this season. They are seven points ahead of Manchester City in the table, and they will face City in just a couple days before this match.
Meanwhile, Wolves are climbing up the table. They are in eighth place right now, and the recently promoted club is in a good spot to make it to the Europa League playoffs. They have one of the best goalkeepers in the world in Rui Patricio, and he will need to be on his game here.
Wolves have picked up results in four of their six matches against the biggest clubs in the EPL, but they lost at home to Liverpool 2-0 two weeks ago. They have a better chance of pulling off the upset this time around though, as the Reds are more focused on the league.
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