FA Cup and Championship round up, February 21st 2017
Lincoln stun Burnley in biggest FA Cup upset ever?
Lincoln snatch late win to stun Premier League Burnley
Punters saw a break in the Premier League schedule at the weekend, but there was enough from the FA Cup to keep us interested, and there were no lack of shocks either, including the incredible Lincoln tale.
The plucky Non-League side, who made headlines by knocking Brighton out in the last round, only went and did it again, this time dumping Premier League side Burnley out on their ear. Punters were well-aware of the dangers from the minnows with big teeth, but very few saw them getting a result at Turf Moor.
The Clarets have been solid in front of their own fans this season, and took a draw with Chelsea there last time, but a goal from Sean Raggett on 89-minutes gave Lincoln an astonishing win. That victory means that they are the first Non-League side in 103 years to make it through to the FA Cup Quarter-Finals.
Brave punters cash in on Lincoln success
A real upset, and one that would have ruined accumulators across the country before they had begun – but it wasn’t a shock to everyone, as the PR people at Coral revealed after the final-whistle. The London based betting giants took over 1000 bets on Lincoln to win in 90-minutes, two of which were £100 at 11/1. Whoever had them, fully deserved their loot.
Punters who believe in miracles, and no one would argue after Leicester’s triumph last season, can back the underdogs at 150/1 with Paddy Power to lift the trophy.
Spurs too good for Fulham, Kane does the (hat) trick
Elsewhere and Tottenham brushed past city rivals Fulham on Sunday afternoon at Craven Cottage. An excellent hat-trick from Harry Kane stole the show, the first coming with just 16-minutes on the clock. The England attacker doubled shortly after the re-start, and claimed the match ball with a third on in the last 20-minutes.
Spurs have a lot on their plate at the minute, fighting for a top-four in the league and involved in the Europa League, but they’d love FA Cup success and can be had in the outright market at 5/1 (Paddy Power).
Championship title and promotion race update
Catching up on matters in an ultra-competitive Championship and Brighton moved back to the top of the league with a 2-0 win over Barnsley on Saturday. A double from Sam Baldock won the points, allowing The Seagulls to leapfrog rivals Newcastle into pole, with the Toon Army not in action until the Monday.
Manager Chris Hughton spoke to the press at the end of the match, and reserved special praise for his strikers, saying that he thought that they were excellent. He did consider it a real team effort however, and promised followers that they are taking one game at a time as they aim to go up to the Premier League as champions.
Brighton are bang in the mix to achieve their goal and if you believe they can fend Newcastle off down the home-straight, then Coral are giving supporters 13/8.
North of the border
In Scotland and managerless Rangers look to be in a whole heap of trouble. With Mark Warburton claiming that he did not, in fact, resign for the club, he is gone regardless, with a lengthy legal battle in front of both parties.
On the field of play things are just as bad for Gers fans, and they saw their team beaten by Dundee on Sunday, with the Dens Park outfit going 2-0 up. O’Hara and Holt got the goals, before Joe Garner hit back later in the day. They Light Blues are now third in the table, six points behind Aberdeen in second.
Rangers to finish as the best of the rest, and overthrow Aberdeen, is currently 13/8 with Bet Victor.