– There are 22 FA Cup third-round fixtures developing on Saturday
– Leicester will be looking to put their league woes behind them when they travel to League Two’s Gillingham
Saturday’s slate of FA Cup third spherical matches contains a good mixture of potential big killings and top-flight tussles on one of the vital extremely anticipated weekends of the home season.
Our Wager Builder ideas cowl two video games, beginning with Leicester’s journey to League Two’s backside facet Gillingham at lunchtime, earlier than consideration turns to Brentford towards West Ham in an all-Premier League encounter.
Barnes can steer Leicester to spherical 4
Wager 1: Leicester to win to nil
Leicester’s return from the World Cup break has not gone to plan with Fulham’s 1-0 success on the King Energy Stadium on Tuesday making it three straight league defeats for the Foxes.
The accidents are piling up for boss Brendan Rodgers too as they get set to make the lengthy journey to Kent to play on a far-from-ideal Priestfield pitch towards a Gillingham facet that held its personal towards Brentford and Wolves within the Carabao Cup this season.
Nonetheless, whereas all of the elements is likely to be there for a cup upset, the Gills’ lack of ability to attain means FA Cup romantics are prone to be left upset.
Gillingham have managed simply seven league objectives all season and will wrestle to trigger too many issues for a Leicester facet that has saved clear sheets in 4 of their final 5 away video games.
The Foxes have dispatched decrease league sides Newport and MK Dons to nil within the League Cup this season and might switch that type of type to the FA Cup.
Wager 2: Over two Leicester objectives
Leicester are presently lacking the inventive qualities of James Maddison and Kiernan Dewsbury-Corridor within the Premier League, however their absences might not be as keenly felt towards Gillingham.
The Foxes had been ruthless when visiting MK Dons within the League Cup final month, securing a 3-0 win, and Rodgers’ facet have scored no less than twice in six of their final eight away video games in all competitions.
Gillingham’s defensive file towards League Two opposition might not be too unhealthy — 28 objectives conceded in 23 matches — however as soon as the Foxes have damaged the house facet’s resistance, the objectives may begin to stream.
Wager 3: Harvey Barnes anytime goalscorer
Harvey Barnes may very well be one these to get amongst the objectives for the guests if pressed into service by Rodgers on account of Leicester’s harm woes.
Had the Foxes been at full power, Barnes might have been rested with one eye on the EFL Cup quarter-final tie at Newcastle on Tuesday, however he’s prone to be wanted at Priestfield.
Barnes has developed a knack for scoring within the FA Cup, netting no less than as soon as within the competitors in every of the final three seasons.
The 25-year-old will not be afraid to strive his luck, having had two or extra pictures in 5 of Leicester’s final six video games, and is one to be careful for within the conflict in Kent.
Bees to be introduced again all the way down to earth
Wager 1: West Ham to win
Brentford loved an excellent festive interval which included a 2-0 win at West Ham and was capped off by beating Liverpool on the Brentford Group Stadium.
The three-1 victory over the Reds lifted Thomas Frank’s males to ninth within the standings, 11 factors higher off than the Hammers, who at the moment are and not using a win in seven matches after a 2-2 draw at Leeds United in midweek.
Whereas the shape ebook suggests one other win for Brentford, their current cup outcomes and David Moyes’ have to get a win to ease a few of the strain that has been constructing on the Iron boss means they’re price opposing.
Brentford have misplaced 4 of their final seven FA Cup ties and had been dumped out of the League Cup by Gillingham this season.
West Ham haven’t didn’t make it past the third-round stage for the reason that 2016-17 season and will sneak by way of as soon as extra.
Wager 2: Over three objectives within the match for each groups mixed
There tends to be objectives when these two sides are concerned in FA Cup motion with Brentford’s final 4 ties within the competitors all producing three or extra objectives.
The three-1 win over Liverpool was the fourth Brentford league sport within the final 5 to function no less than three objectives, whereas West Ham and Leeds shared 4 objectives between them two nights later.
Wager 3: Each groups to attain
West Ham can rely themselves unfortunate to not have no less than grabbed a comfort of their current league loss to Brentford.
Declan Rice hit the body of the purpose, one in every of a number of good probabilities wasted by the house facet within the 2-0 defeat.
They appeared sharper in entrance of purpose at Leeds and have now scored in 5 of their final seven away video games in all competitions.
The Hammers’ defensive frailties stay a priority for Moyes although and so they might not maintain out a Brentford facet that has been scoring at a median of two objectives per house sport within the Premier League this season.
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