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Week Nine Reaction:
Ben Linfoot made a superb start to his Sporting Life Group Bet career as Bunrley saw off Huddersfield at an impressive price of 13/5 with Sky Bet. This is the most successful pick at the highest odds from anyone in the team thus far, and Linfoot will be hoping to replicate this in week ten.
Billy Lumsden lost for the sixth time in seven weeks as his over 2.5 goals selection came in a goal short, Paul Higham suffered a fifth successive defeat as Newcastle failed to score against Manchester United and George Pitts lost for the first time in three weeks as West Ham drew with Brighton.
Here is a look at the current standings as some of the team attempt to earn their first Group bet win of 2019:
- George Pitts: W-L-L-L-W-L-W-W-L
- Tom Carnduff: W-W-L-L-L-L-L-L
- Billy Lumsden: L-W-L-L-L-L-L-W-L
- Paul Higham: L-W-L-L-L-L-L
- Ben Linfoot: W
- Chris Hammer: L-L
Check out Sporting Life's Group Bet for Saturday's FA Cup third round action, which is made up of four selections from the team:
Billy Lumsden: Sheffield Wednesday (to beat Luton) - 5/4 (12:30pm kick-off)
Despite Luton's impressive form - 10 win and three draws from their last 13 - and their current position (second) in the Sky Bet League One table, Sheffield Wednesday have enjoyed a resurgence of their own, going four games without defeat, winning and drawing twice in that time. Steve Agnew is in charge of Wednesday until Steve Bruce arrives on February 1 and is expected to name a strong squad in order to propel the Owls forward in both competitions that they are involved in. This price is too generous to resist!
Ben Linfoot: Barnsley (to beat Burnley) - 7/2 (12:30pm kick-off)
Burnley have enjoyed two consecutive wins in the Premier League, but their place in the league for next season is still in jeopardy after their poor start, so Sean Dyche could rest plenty in this FA Cup tie. Burnley were on the wrong end of an FA Cup shock as Lincoln knocked them out at Turf Moor in February 2017, so it has happened before. With Barnsley's current form of five unbeaten, combined with the fact they are fourth in Sky Bet League One, I would not back against another shock occurring at Turf Moor.
George Pitts: Aston Villa (to beat Swansea) - 10/11 (3:00pm kick-off)
Swansea have not won any of their last six FA Cup away games and travel to an Aston Villa side who have only tasted one defeat in their last 11 Sky Bet Championship fixtures - W5, D5 - which has put them five points adrift of a play-off spot. Swansea were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa on Boxing Day thanks to a Conor Hourihane strike, and I expect Dean Smith's side to progress through to the FA Cup third round, allowing myself to return to winning ways subsequently.
Tom Carnduff: Peterborough (to beat Middlesbrough) - 19/4 (3:00pm kick-off)
Middlesbrough have been beaten by one Sky Bet League One side already this season, and Peterborough represent good value at near 5/1 to progress to round four. Posh boast the second-best away form in England’s third tier with 27 points from a possible 39 and they face a Boro side with just one win in their last five home games.Tony Pulis has discussed defensive issues with injuries to Daniel Ayala and Aden Flint, which means that a makeshift defence will have to attempt to keep out one of League One’s most prolific attacks.
FOUR-FOLD ODDS: 106.7/1 with Sky Bet
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Odds correct at 1530 GMT (04/01/19)