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Best bets for Sunday's third-round matches
Free football tips, best bets and analysis for the non-televised FA Cup third-round ties on Sunday.
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Portsmouth draw no bet
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Punters scouring the formbook for an FA Cup third-round upset on Sunday should look no further than Ashton Gate, where Championship side Bristol City look there for the taking at home to League One highflyers Portsmouth.
A division separates the sides but current evidence wouldn’t suggest that and they could well be squaring-up as Championship rivals next season.
Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth have risen to third in League One and have collected ten points from their last four games, keeping clean sheets on each occasion.
Pompey’s fruitful spell has featured a trio of 2-0 wins over promotion rivals Peterborough, Ipswich and Hull and they should be fit and raring to go after an enforced three-week layoff.
Christmas fixtures with Swindon and Bristol Rovers were cancelled due to a Covid-19 outbreak, but that they head to Ashton Gate with a clean bill of health.
Bristol City’s confidence has been dented and they are still without as many as 12 players.
The Robins have lost four of their last five Championship clashes, with their only win being a 2-1 victory at home to rock-bottom Wycombe, and their long list of absentees may well see the misery continue.
Another interesting cup clash sees League Two rivals Cheltenham and Mansfield lock horns at Whaddon Road, and it may pay to side with the rejuvenated Stags.
Although promotion hopefuls Cheltenham are 13 places and nine points better off than their visitors in the fourth tier, Mansfield are in better form.
The Robins are winless in six games in all competitions and have managed only one goal during that sequence, while Mansfield have been transformed by the appointment of Nigel Clough and have won three straight league games against Scunthorpe (3-2), Port Vale (4-0) and Salford (2-1).
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