Terriers have FA Cup bite

  • By: Ben Coley and Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: February 17 2013, 15:53 GMT

Huddersfield look the standout bet for Sunday's FA Cup action, according to our tipping team.

Huddersfield's players will be out to impress new boss Mark Robins
Huddersfield's players will be out to impress new boss Mark Robins

The Terriers host Premier League Wigan, who look sure to make plenty of changes with their ongoing relegation battle of primary concern.

In total, there are three ties on Sunday, all on TV in the UK - our Ben Coley and Andy Schooler have run the rule over them.

Chelsea v Brentford (1200 GMT)

Chelsea somewhat laboured to victory in the Czech Republic in midweek but shouldn't be unduly troubled by League One Brentford in this one. The Bees appear to have missed their chance having had the Blues rocking in the original tie at Griffin Park. Of course, siding with Chelsea involves short prices in most markets but there could still be a bit of value in backing Demba Ba to find the net at 8/11 with Coral - he's half that price elsewhere. His career record against Premier League opposition is better than a goal every two games and I'm sure Brentford's defence won't relish faicng him. Having not played for two weeks, first due to a broken nose and then ineligibility, Ba is in need of a game and this looks an ideal fixture in which to get a run-out. Given the price, I'd want to make sure he's in the starting XI though so this is one to consider once the teams are announced. Aside from that a 'street' bet in the correct-score betting could be worth considering. Inconsistency has been a problem for Chelsea under Rafa Benitez but they have smashed in the goals at times - Nordsjaelland, Aston Villa, Southampton and Stoke have all been on the wrong end of a tonking. If you back 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0 to equal stakes and one comes in it will pay at least 11/2.

Verdict: Chelsea 4 Brentford 0 (AS)

Manchester City v Leeds (1400)

Without a win in their last three, some may feel Man City are vulnerable in this one. Not me. Leeds' away record is pretty awful with just one win and one draw in their last seven. The Championship side have problems of their own with fans on boss Neil Warnock's back as they slip further off the play-off pace. With Vincent Kompany and Carlos Tevez set to be available again, I'm expecting City to bounce back with a bang. Roberto Mancini promised changes after last week's defeat at Southampton, accusing some of his players of a lack of fight. Edin Dzeko seems unlikely to be one of those axed. He's netted seven times in his last nine starts and is tempting at 10/11 to score again against a second-tier defence. I had hoped to get at least evens by backing Dzeko to net in a home win by turning to the wincast market. Alas, no-one is prepared to dangle such a price. In the handicap markets, neither am I taken by the 13/10 about City winning by three clear goals so it's a case of swerving this game and looking elsewhere in search of profits.

Verdict: Manchester City 3 Leeds 0 (AS)

Huddersfield v Wigan (1555)

Wigan take part in the fifth round of the FA Cup for just the second time in their history but the feeling is they're living on borrowed time. A late equaliser followed by a scrappy replay win saw them see off Bournemouth in round three before a similar performance was just about enough to edge past Blue Square Premier side Macclesfield, as Roberto Martinez sticks to his policy of prioritising the Premier League. That's understandable and with a crucial trip to Reading coming next it's fair to assume that this will be a very different Wigan side to that which we see regularly. And while the likes of Nouha Dicko and Manchester United loanee Angelo Henriquez are capable of guiding Wigan past Huddersfield, it's the home side who rate the value call at just a shade under 3/1. The Terriers became just the third side this season to win at the King Power Stadium when beating Leicester in their midweek replay and with Mark Robins having since arrived to take the reins, it's fair to expect an energetic display in front of the ITV cameras as players strive to impress the new boss. Huddersfield have defended well at home all season - only one side in the bottom half of the Championship, 13th-placed Millwall, have conceded fewer - and with the visitors continuing to struggle up front regardless of who plays, chances could be few and far between. With that in mind bet365's 9/2 about Huddersfield winning by one is fair, but there's no need to complicate matters here with Ladbrokes' 11/4 about a home win a generous price. Wigan have been knocked out of this competition by Swindon, Notts County and Bolton in recent years and Huddersfield can add their name to that list.

Verdict: Huddersfield 1 Wigan 0 (BC)

  • The matches at Chelsea and Huddersfield will be televised live in the UK on ITV with the Manchester City match on ESPN.

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