Punters rue magic of the cup

  • Last Updated: January 5 2014, 21:43 GMT

Sky Bet punters were left cursing a number of surprise FA Cup results on Saturday, including Aston Villa's shock third-round exit at the hands of Sky Bet League 1 outfit Sheffield United.

Sheffield United celebrate against Aston Villa
Sheffield United celebrate against Aston Villa

Jamie Murphy's deflected strike put the Blades ahead at Villa Park and although Nicklas Helenius levelled the scores, Ryan Flynn's superb strike late on sealed a famous 2-1 victory.

This result followed a great start to the day for the bookmakers when ante-post favourites Manchester City, who were among the most popular selections in accumulators up and down the country, were held to a 1-1 draw at Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn.

Arsenal are 11/2 with Sky Bet to lift the FA Cup after they knocked out arch-rivals Tottenham.

Goals from Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky ensured a 2-0 success over Tim Sherwood's side and a place in the fourth round draw.

Manuel Pellegrini's outfit are the 5/1 market leaders currently with the firm but they will need to come out on top in that replay at the Etihad Stadium.

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While Premier League quartet Everton, Hull, Southampton and Stoke all progressed past lower division opposition, away wins for Cardiff and Crystal Palace in all-top flight affairs weren't so expected.

Other upsets included the Championship quartet of Leeds, Barnsley, Doncaster and Millwall all being knocked out against Rochdale, Coventry, Stevenage and Southend respectively.

However, those who followed Georgie Bingham's 90/1 Sky Bet charity tip were celebrating after the selected treble of Sheffield United, Rochdale and Southend all came in.

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