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FA Cup predictions, betting tips & match previews: Best bets for the non-televised FA Cup third-round replays

Leigh Copson 12 Jan 2018
Nathan Ake of Bournemouth (credit: Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

FA Cup predictions for the non-televised third-round replays involving Premier League clubs. Will West Ham United, Swansea City and Bournemouth finally overcome lower league opposition to reach round four? Read on for all of our free betting tips and predictions.

West Ham United v Shrewsbury Town (Tuesday 19:45 GMT)


West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart admitted the team put in a “terrible” performance as they drew 0-0 with Shrewsbury Town just over a week ago, but the Hammers will get another opportunity to see off the League One side when they meet again at the London Stadium on Tuesday night. And while their record at the former Olympic Stadium has not been great since they moved in, I am backing the Hammers to get the job done at the second attempt. They have now lost just two of their last nine competitive fixtures under David Moyes and they have recorded a couple of big results at home over the past month or so, beating Chelsea and drawing with Arsenal. I am backing West Ham to put that terrible display at the New Meadow behind them by winning this replay in 90 minutes.

Swansea City v Wolves (Wednesday 19:45 GMT)


Wolves would have had a fourth-round spot sewn up already if not for the heroics of Swansea City goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfelt in a goalless draw, so has their best chance of dispatching the Premier League side come and gone as the two teams prepare to meet again at the Liberty Stadium. My answer is no. The runaway Championship leaders showed in that match they have already assembled a squad that could be competitive in the top flight if promotion is secured, while Swansea are still facing up to the real possibility of relegation as they sit bottom of the table with only a handful of wins recorded since mid-October. Wolves may be the away side here, but they are the team in form, they boast an excellent away rocord and they have nothing to lose – I fancy their chances of springing an ‘upset’.

Wigan Athletic v Bournemouth (Wednesday 19:45 GMT)


Bournemouth survived a major scare when these two teams met at the Vitality Stadium earlier this month. A much-changed Cherries side found themselves 2-0 down with less than 30 minutes on the clock when they hosted the League One side, but Lys Mousset pulled one back before the hour mark and Steve Cook then spared their blushes with an added time goal to snatch a 2-2 draw. So the question is, will Eddie Howe stick with that selection policy when the two clubs meet again in the replay or will he send out his starters to ensure there is not upset defeat at the DW Stadium? Howe appears to be keeping his cards close to his chest, but he did make half-time changes in that first encounter so he knows he made some mistakes with his selection. He is likely to play things much safer this time around and for that reason I am backing Bournemouth to see off a Latics team that have not been great at home over the past few months. 


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