Tuesday's FA Cup third round predictions: Luton too strong for struggling Wigan
- There are five third-round FA Cup ties coming up on Tuesday
- Recommended bets:
- Back Luton to win
- Back Bristol City to qualify
- Back Birmingham to win
The FA Cup third round still needs to be completed and there are five ties coming up on Tuesday night, including the rescheduled clash between Forest Green Rovers and Birmingham City which features among our predictions.
Wigan vs Luton (Tuesday, 7.45pm)
Harry Cornick cancelled out Tom Naylor's opener in the first clash at Kenilworth Road to force a replay that neither side perhaps wanted, with league matters the top priority.
Luton lie in ninth place in the Championship, while Wigan currently prop up the division in 24th, four points from safety, and face a battle to avoid a swift return to League One.
Kolo Toure has yet to win since taking over in the Wigan dugout, drawing three and losing four of his seven games in charge.
The Latics picked up what looked like a good point away at Millwall in his first match at the helm, but then subsequently lost four on the bounce — three of which were at home while three were by a 4-1 scoreline — before earning the replay at Kenilworth Road.
Wigan have since picked up another point but that 1-1 draw came away at the Championship's lowest scorers, Cardiff City, who are the team Wigan are trying to catch in 21st.
Luton's three-match winning streak came to an end with the 1-1 draw against Wigan 10 days ago and they then surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to West Brom in the Championship at the weekend — just their third home league defeat of the season.
However, the Hatters boast the fourth-best away record in the second tier this season, while Wigan have picked up the fewest home points in the division.
Wigan won the FA Cup back in 2013 but may rue missed chances from the first match and their home record will be a concern for Toure heading into Tuesday's replay.
Luton were not at their best when the two teams met at Kenilworth Road, but their impressive away record, coupled with a need to bounce back from their discouraging defeat to West Brom, suggests Rob Edwards' side could be the value option to win the match at 13/8 with LiveScore Bet.
Swansea vs Bristol City (Tuesday, 7.45pm)
Swansea and Bristol City have played out two 1-1 draws at Ashton Gate this season — once in the Championship and once in the FA Cup — and their FA Cup third-round replay in south Wales is likely to be another closely-matched affair.
Swansea were FA Cup quarter-finalists in 2019 — losing 3-2 at home to Manchester City — but their best efforts were runs to the semi-finals in 1926 and 1964.
Bristol City have not advanced beyond the fifth round since 1974 but they have reached the final, losing 1-0 to Manchester United in 1909.
Bristol City extended their unbeaten run to four games with a 4-2 Championship success at home to Birmingham on Saturday and their recent upturn could continue with a victory at the Liberty Stadium.
Nigel Pearson's side are looking good in attack with Antoine Semenyo and Nahki Wells in decent touch, and their counter-attacking prowess can expose the Swans, who have won just two of their last 12 fixtures.
Forest Green vs Birmingham (Tuesday, 7.45pm)
Bad weather forced Forest Green and Birmingham to wait an extra 10 days for their third-round encounter and both have struggled over the intervening period.
Forest Green remain rooted to the foot of League One, while Birmingham are just six points above the Championship relegation zone.
Forest Green had been on a four-game losing sequence until Saturday when Jordon Garrick's 54th-minute goal helped to secure a 1-1 draw at Exeter.
Birmingham are on a four-game-losing run — their longest of the season — after sliding to a 4-2 defeat at Bristol City.
Championship survival is the priority for Birmingham manager John Eustace, but he needs his team to stop the rot and the trip to Forest Green looks a good opportunity to return to winning ways.
Eustace is unlikely to tinker too much with his selection and a strong Birmingham team should have too much quality for Forest Green, who have been beaten in each of their last two home fixtures.
The Blues can avoid a replay and look like a solid bet at 10/11 to win in 90 minutes with LiveScore Bet.