Silk­men tar­get­ing an up­set

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

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.

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