FA Cup acca predictions: Back these five teams on Saturday at a huge 138/1
- Recommened bets:
- Back Crystal Palace to beat Southampton
- Back Burnley to beat Bournemouth
- Back West Brom to beat Chesterfield
- Back Middlesbrough to beat Brighton
- Back West Ham to beat Brentford
Three in-form Championship clubs form the basis of our expert's five teams for your Saturday FA Cup third-round accumulator.
Two London clubs that carved out reputations as cup teams last term are also included to bring the potential payout to almost 138/1.
Recommended fivefold: Crystal Palace, Burnley, West Brom, Middlesbrough and West Ham all to win at nearly 138/1.
Crystal Palace vs Southampton (Saturday, 12.30pm)
Palace should make home advantage count when they take on Southampton in one of five all-Premier League ties in the third round.
Eagles boss Patrick Vieira won the cup five times in his glittering Arsenal career and showed the competition due reverence last season with his selections during Palace's run to the semi-finals.
His side is in reasonable form going into this, compared to their opponents, as they have won five of their last 10 top-flight games, which includes a 1-0 home win over Southampton at the end of October.
The FA Cup is well down the list of priorities for Southampton's Jones, whose side has lost all four Premier League games under his leadership to sit bottom of the table, while they have a home League Cup quarter-final against Manchester City coming up next Wednesday.
Bournemouth vs Burnley (Saturday, 3pm)
With 13 wins from their last 16 games in all competitions, Burnley are in the sort of form that would give anyone a game right now — let alone a Bournemouth side that have lost eight of their past 10.
The only two wins the Cherries have managed during that run both came at home against crisis-hit Everton, and manager Gary O'Neil could rest players for the FA Cup amid his side's relegation battle.
Vincent Kompany could rotate too, but a side featuring five fringe players gave Manchester United a good game last month and, strictly speaking, there are only a handful of league places separating these sides now.
Chesterfield vs West Brom (Saturday, 3pm)
National League promotion hopefuls Chesterfield are likely to be outgunned when they attempt to bridge the quality gap to Carlos Corberan's in-form Baggies at the Technique Stadium.
The Spireites are third in the fifth tier after beating rock-bottom Scunthorpe 4-1 last Saturday, but two late goals made the scoreline look a lot more comfortable than it truly was for Paul Cook's men.
Albion, who made it eight wins from their last nine games in the Championship with a 1-0 victory over Reading last week, have a big squad that was largely assembled by previous managers.
That leaves Corberan enough quality to choose from if he wishes to rotate here and ensure West Brom progress into the fourth round without the need for a replay.
Middlesbrough vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm)
Another of the Championship's form horses have a tougher task in hand when in-form Premier League outfit Brighton hit the long road to Middlesbrough.
But the Seagulls have a chequered cup record, winning only one of their last nine away ties in the competition in 90 minutes.
It took extra time for them to overcome West Brom in last season's third round and they were recently knocked out of the League Cup by League One Charlton after making wholesale changes.
Roberto De Zerbi is unlikely to send his best XI out to battle at the Riverside Stadium and his side could be humbled by a Boro side boosted by the recent arrival of loan striker Cameron Archer.
Brentford vs West Ham (Saturday, 5.30pm)
West Ham's away form is a bit concerning ahead of this trip to the Brentford Community Stadium, but David Moyes' side have had a tough run in facing three of the current top six.
They also proved a capable cup team during their march to the Europa League semi-finals last season and maintained a 100% record in the Europa Conference League earlier this term.
Brentford's good league form can be counterbalanced by the fact that the Bees have not beaten top-flight opposition in the FA Cup since a 2-1 fourth-round victory over Sunderland at Griffin Park in January 2006.
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