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FA Cup betting tips: Away-day specialists Swindon can thrive at Walsall

| 01.12.2021

FA Cup betting tips and odds

Nine non-league clubs are in FA Cup action this weekend and at least one of them will be in the hat for the third round as Halifax and Kidderminster were paired against each other.

Three second-round ties from Saturday’s games have been selected for our FA Cup betting tips, all of which involve Football League clubs.

We are covering the games at Carlisle and Doncaster, but get things started with League Two rivals Walsall and Swindon who are neck and neck in the odds.

Walsall v Swindon

Swindon have the best away record in League Two (W7 D2 L0) and also won 3-0 at League One side Crewe in the first round, so they look an interesting prospect at 33/20 to reach the next stage as one of our FA Cup betting tips.

The Robins drew 1-1 with Harrogate at the weekend thanks to a late penalty from Jack Payne, although manager Ben Garner felt they should have had three more.

Walsall followed up a shock 1-0 win at Port Vale with an equally surprising defeat at Carlisle, who ended a 12-match winless run with a 1-0 victory after which Vale manager Matt Taylor said: “The performance that they’ve put in today isn’t good enough.”

The Robins have been drawing at the break in 10 of their 18 games, but they have the best second-half record in the division, so Draw HT/Swindon FT is possible at 19/4 or thay are simply 9/5 to score the most goals after the interval.

Carlisle v Shrewsbury

The Cumbrians moved out of the League Two relegation zone last weekend, but with just four goals in 11 games they are understandably 11/5 underdogs to beat their League One opponents.

The Shrews have had a couple of encouraging results, drawing 1-1 with Sunderland which they followed by ending Charlton’s six-game unbeaten run under caretaker manager Johnnie Jackson.

The visitors have yet to win away from home in the third tier but they scored five times at Stratford in the first round and are 6/5 to beat the struggling Blues or 29/10 to win to nil in our FA Cup betting tips.

Town have the worst first-half record in League One (W1 D9 L9), but they are in the top six after the break, so we go 4/1 on Draw HT/Shrewsbury FT or 29/20 on them winning the second half.

Doncaster v Mansfield

Rovers start as unconvincing 21/20 favourites bearing in mind the struggling League One side have not scored in their last three games and are only above Crewe at the foot of the table.

The Yorkshiremen reached the second round by winning 1-0 at Scunthorpe, the worst side in the Football League, the same scoreline which saw Mansfield advance at the expense of League One promotion hopefuls Sunderland.

The Stags are starting to improve in League Two, four wins in five moving them up to 14th in the table, and potentially could cause an upset at 23/10 this weekend.

Nigel Clough’s side to win to nil, as they did at the Stadium of Light, can be backed at 11/2, or they are 19/10 to be the first team to score in the opening half, while they are availabe at 13/2 to be leading after a quarter of an hour just like they were at Sunderland.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Warren Barner