That’s what the lower league clubs will be hoping for today when they step out for the FA Cup third round today.
I quite like the FA CUP as it means more to teams. This means motivation is at a high and it is also non seeded. This means that the big guys can meet in the early rounds and knock each other out leaving some minion to an improbable appearance in the latter stages. It feels like the days of compete shocks and lower league teams winning are over. Man City and Utd are 7.6 & 10.5 respectively, but one of those will not be in the fourth round. So 10% of the market will end up having to back in another selection. If you looking in the middle section of the ‘winner’ market there are some crunchy odds.
However I am mainly on the look out for “shocks” in the early rounds. Whether through injury, illness or apathy a much higher ranked side can get dumped out of the competition. I have my head down this morning looking for probables. At first pass Brighton vs Wrexham and MK Dons vs QPR look promising, though the latter is the much more favourable as they are at home.
Good luck today!