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FA Cup first round betting tips: 5 best bets for the weekend of November 10/11

Leigh Copson 8 Nov 2018
Lee Cattermole of Sunderland (credit: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

FA Cup first round predictions for the weekend of November 10/11. Can big names like Portsmouth and Sunderland avoid embarrassing first round upsets, and where will we see one of those trademark FA Cup upsets? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Maidenhead United v Portsmouth (Saturday 12:30 GMT)

League One leaders Portsmouth turn their attention away from their promotion quest when they kick off their FA Cup campaign with a trip to non-league Maidenhead United, and Pompey will be eager to ensure there are no slip-ups as they continue to build momentum. The South Coast club have spent the last few years in the wilderness following major financial issues, but they appear to be back on their way up the English football ladder thanks to a strong start to the season that has seen them lose just once in 17 league outings. Their League Cup appearance was short and sweet, but they should not suffer any embarrassment in the first round of the FA Cup. Hosts Maidenhead United have lost six of their last eight games and in those defeats they have been beaten by an aggregate score of 23-1. Portsmouth should win and I expect them to win handsomely.

Lincoln City v Northampton Town (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

Lincoln City remain top of League Two despite a dip in form that has seen them win only three of their last seven games in the basement division, while their overall form has seen them win just one of their last five in all competitions. Nobody at Sincil Bank will be panicking though and they will see Saturday’s cup clash with fellow League Two side Northampton Town as the perfect opportunity to start a good run of form. The Cobblers have begun to climb the league table thanks to a run of three straight victories, and their momentum continued in midweek as they beat Fulham U21s in the EFL Trophy. However, three of those victories have come at home and their sole away win during this sequence came at rock-bottom Macclesfield Town who appear to heading down even at this early stage in the season. Lincoln are strong at home and they did win 1-0 at Northampton earlier this season, so I am backing the Imps to come out on top here in another low-scoring encounter.

Luton Town v Wycombe Wanderers (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

Luton Town’s winning run was ended at three games as they were held to a disappointing draw at Rochdale last weekend, but the Hatters have to be delighted with their early season form because it has got them to fifth place in League One and top spot in their EFL Trophy group. They will now aim to keep this good form going in order to reach the second round of the FA Cup and I like their chances. Visitors Wycombe Wanderers have kick-started their league campaign by winning three of their last four matches, but you should not get carried away by this because those victories have all come at home. The Chairboys have been poor on their travels this season, scoring only once in the league, and that does not bode well for a meeting with a Luton team who are yet to taste defeat in front of the home fans this season. The hosts should win this match and we should see a few goals too – six of Luton’s last 10 games have produced at least three goals and Over 2.5 Total Goals has been a wining bet on six of their last eight at Kenilworth Road.

Mansfield Town v Charlton Athletic (Sunday 12:45 GMT)

When you look through the first-round fixtures for this weekend you just know that there are a couple of upsets in there – the problem is confidently picking one out. This bet is risky, but there are enough reasons to suggest it could turn out to be a winner. Charlton Athletic head to Field Mill in decent shape thanks to back-to-back wins that have kept them in the top six in League One, and while their away form has not been spectacular this season they have managed to avoid defeat in five of their eight road games in the league. However, Mansfield have also proven to be pretty good at avoiding defeat themselves, because they have lost only once in 17 games in League Two. The Stags’ problem has been winning matches and that makes it very difficult to have much faith in them to win here, but they are ‘draw specialists’, having already racked up 10 stalemates, so I would not be surprised to see them hold the Addicks and force a replay.

Port Vale v Sunderland (Sunday 12:45 GMT)

Sunderland appear to be hitting their stride after an underwhelming start to their 2018/19 campaign. The midweek win at Plymouth Argyle was their sixth straight victory in all competitions and they have now gone unbeaten in their last nine competitive outings while losing only once in their last 16. The goals are flowing at one end and they are keeping them out at the other, so they will head to Port Vale on Sunday full of confidence that they can avoid a first-round exit in the FA Cup. Vale will be feeling pretty good about themselves too after extending their own unbeaten run to five games last time out, but the League Two side have not been performing well at home this season and Sunderland have been strong on their travels. Therefore I expect the Black Cats to avoid slipping on a banana peel here – they should win this match and Sunderland to win & over 1.5 total goals should be a winning bet for the fifth time in the Black Cats’ last six outings.

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