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Arsenal and Man Utd defeats among 5 FA Cup upsets to look out for

| 13.02.2015

The FA Cup may have lost a little of its glamour over the past few years but after a fourth road weekend that delivered more shocks than a faulty three-pin plug socket the upcoming round of fixtures could be about to provide even more eyebrow-raising results.

In the last round one luck punter turned a 10p bet on all the outsiders into a return of over £10,000 with Ladbrokes and, for the adventurous among you, the following five tips can be backed as one big accumulator at odds of just over 3017/1!

Alternatively, you can simply pick and choose your options though you could be left cursing your own caution if these tips deliver the goods…

Blackburn to beat Stoke @ 15/8

Having dispatched Swansea at home in the last round, Blackburn will be confident of their chances at Ewood Park against a Stoke side going into the game off the back of a 4-1 rollicking from Manchester City at the Britannia.

The Potters have won just two of their last 10 on the road in the Premier League and, with no Bojan to call on, they could find life tough against a Rovers outfit on a run of three straight victories in Lancashire.

Reading to beat Derby @ 4/1

An odd choice perhaps, given Derby’s fine form of late, but with the Rams likely to rest players and give priority to their ongoing automatic promotion push Reading look a great price to win.

The Royals have lost just one of their last six on the road in all competitions and with Steve Clarke breathing fresh life into the Berkshire club an away victory is not out of the question with Reading winning on three of their last four visits to Pride Park.

Bradford to beat Sunderland @ 3/1

The Bantams may be an obvious choice, given their fine 4-2 victory over Chelsea in the last round, but there are plenty more reasons to back Phil Parkinson’s team for another upset here.

Fresh from a 2-1 comeback victory over League One promotion contenders MK Dons, Bradford will be full of confidence going into this game having established themselves as cup specialists in recent years while Sunderland may be reeling from their 2-0 home loss to QPR.

Middlesbrough to beat Arsenal @ 6/1

Another of the standout performers in the fourth round, Middlesbrough travel to the Emirates in great shape and should be quietly optimistic about their chances against the holders.

Top of the Championship after a run of six straight wins, Boro beat Manchester City at the Etihad in the last round and could cause an Arsenal side that lost to Tottenham and toiled to victory over Leicester some serious problems.

Preston to beat Manchester United @ 13/2

Manchester United have rediscovered their habit of winning without playing well this season but with few good performances punctuating the bad ones, the Red Devils luck must surely run out sometime soon.

A Monday night trip to League One high-flyers Preston could prove to be the turning point with a rainy night at Deepdale in front of a partisan crowd and a team on a run of three straight wins the perfect recipe for an FA Cup upset.

All odds and markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.