Sheffield Wednesday were given the toughest of tough ties out of the velvet bag for the third round of the FA Cup – an away tie at champions Manchester City.
Second in the top flight, Manuel Pellegrini’s men obviously command favouritism, at just 1/6 with bet365 while Wednesday are a whopping 18/1 at BetVictor to cause a huge upset and they’re as high as 13/2 with Stan James to earn a lucrative replay.
Such is the bookies confidence in City dominance, Stuart Gray’s troops are 22/1 (Stan James) to hold the hosts to a goalless draw and they’re 17/10 in betway’s handicaps, when starting two goals in front.
Paddy Power, for example, offer 75/1 about a 2-1 Owls triumph, it’s 21/1 via BetVictor for Wednesday to card any victory by one and Ladbrokes chalk them up at 30/1 to prevail following an even first period.
Sheffield United also face top flight opposition but their recent cup pedigree allied with the fact relegation-threatened QPR are set to make changes means while they’re underdogs, they’re only as high as 9/2 (Stan James) in the match betting.
Bet365 make the Blades 3/1 to bring the tie back to Bramall Lane, a 0-0 scoreline is an 11/1 chance via William Hill and Winner.com post 6/5 against Nigel Clough’s charges avoiding defeat but following the recent Capital One Cup success against Southampton, many fans will be betting more positively.
Barnsley host Championship Middlesbrough and accordingly Danny Wilson’s charges are 3/1 with Ladbrokes to prevail at Oakwell, where bet365 make the teams 13/5 to be inseparable.
Despite their decent form, Doncaster are rated as 15/8 outsiders by Stan James to book a fourth round berth at the first attempt at the expense of League One leaders Bristol City and Rotherham (14/5, Stan James) also entertain the pace setters in their division as they welcome Championship title chasers Bournemouth to the New York Stadium.