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FC United vs Brighton – Brighton defence set for a torrid time

| 08.12.2010

FC United may have missed out on a dream third round draw, but the potential tie against Portsmouth will be enough to draw them through this home tie with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Brighton may be top of League One, but Gus Poyet’s side are winless in their six games and face the intimidating sight of a packed Gigg Lane.

Match Odds

With 5,000 tickets already sold, FC United are expecting a raucous Gigg Lane to roar the side on to victory and the non-league side are a tempting price at 4/1 to beat Brighton.

At 4/6 to beat the non-league side, Brighton offer tempting value considering there are three divisions separating the two teams, but the magic of the FA Cup is set to prevail once again and FC United can take their place in the third round.

The original tie ended 1-1 thanks to a last-minute penalty save from FC United goalkeeper Sam Ashton, and Ashton may be called into more penalty heroics on Wednesday night.

Should the 90 minutes end in a draw, priced at 11/4, it may come down to penalties and with Ashton already proving his penalty-saving credentials, FC United are a tempting price at 9/4 to qualify and 12/1 to win on penalties.

Total Goals

Neither side has been shy in front of goal this season, Brighton have 30 goals in their 18 games and FC United have 22 goals in 14 league games, and goals can be expected at Gigg Lane.

Over 3.5 goals is priced at 7/4 and Mike Norton, who has 14 goals in 21 starts is 9/4 to score any time.

Matt Sparrow is Brighton’s leading goalscorer in the FA Cup this season with two goals, and the midfielder is 11/5 to score any time.

A £10 stake on Norton scoring first and FC United winning 3-2 would return £2010. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.