Silkmen targeting an upset
AS well as benefiting from a welcome dollop of broadcast income, Macclesfield can expect to find themselves cheered by neutral football supporters who love to see the underdog doing well in FA Cup ties.
It’s fair to say both the Silkmen and League One opponents Oxford will fancy their chances of winning when the pair lock horns at the Moss Rose on Friday.
Despite enjoying home advantage, Macclesfield kick off priced at 5/1 (Betway) to secure victory inside 90 minutes, while the visitors are offered at 8/13 (William Hill) to progress to the third round at the first time of asking.
Bolder punters might be tempted by 888sport’s massive 5/1 price for Town to retain a clean sheet, or Skybet’s enormous 11/1 for them to win without conceding.
Meanwhile, backers wishing to underpin their wager with an element of insurance may prefer BetVictor’s 9/2 odds for the tie to finish as a score draw, or else the 10/3 posted by Ladbrokes against it ending all-square.
Assuming ‘the magic of the Cup’ outweighs league concerns – as it did when they registered a fine win at Walsall in the last round – Macclesfield will believe they have a chance of causing a minor upset by claiming the scalp of another league side.
Not surprisingly, Macclesfield’s 14/1 odds (Winner.com) to secure a 1-0 victory has attracted plenty of support. Much the same could be said for Paddy Power’s 10/1, available for those who suspect it’ll end goalless, although the correct score market’s most popular outcome is a 1-1 draw (7/1, BetVictor.com).
However, note should be take of research conducted by the match stats team at bettingexpert.com who point out that the sides have met once in the FA Cup – it ended in a narrow win for the U’s.
Odds supplied by www.smartbets.com.