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Weekend treble ignores the pitfalls of the FA Cup giant killers

Friday 6th December 2013
With the FA Cup in the second round stage Michael Bates avoids the temptation to back a potential giant killer and opts to keep his eyes on the Premier League and Championship.

A handful of Non League clubs will be dreaming of glamorous ties with some of the elite of the Premier League as the FA Cup reaches its second round stage and lower league teams look to book their place Sunday's third round draw of the competition, but we opt to veer away from what is sure to be a weekend awash with cup shocks and look at some of the league matches going on in the Premier League and Championship to compile our treble which pays 18/1.

Manchester City to beat Southampton @ 3/4

Manuel Pellegrini has started to get Manchester City really firing on all cylinders as their 3-2 success over West Bromwich Albion midweek saw them bag their fourth win on the spin in all competitions and in that time they have managed 16 goals. As such, they will head into Saturday's game with Southampton in high spirits as they continue on their quest to close in on Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.

On the contrary, Southampton have hit the buffers in recent weeks following an impressive start to the campaign, suffering their third defeat in a row when beaten 3-2 by Aston Villa at St Mary's and Mauricio Pochettino will be sweating on a number of injuries for Saturday's clash with the former champions and the 3/4 with Bet Victor about a City win is more than generous.

Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo have been in scintillating form of late bagging a hatful of goals and with Southampton's usually frugal defence showing signs of weakness, the City attacking force could unlock the Saints' rearguard with aplomb and inflict a fourth consecutive defeat on their hosts.

Yeovil Town to beat Charlton Athletic @ 15/8

Gary Johnson's Yeovil Town have eased their way off the bottom of the Championship with two terrific back-to-back wins and the Glovers can pull themselves away from the drop zone and duly leap-frog Charlton Athletic by beating the Addicks at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon.

Whilst the West Country side have notched up victories against Watford and Blackpool, Charlton have struggled in recent weeks and their 1-0 defeat to Reading on Tuesday night saw them suffer their second defeat in four days and the Glovers could make it a hat-trick and the 15/8 available with Bet Victor is an attractive proposition about the home win.

Charlton have only scored seven goals away from home all season in the league and have often drawn a blank away from the Valley, so it could be a superb chance for Johnson's improving side to continue their winnings ways.

Gillingham to beat Notts County @ 13/5 Bet Victor

Peter Taylor was quick to dub Gillingham's 4-1 defeat to Rotherham as a ‘bad day at the office' but he will be looking for an improved display on Saturday when they travel to bottom club Notts County in League One and they are on a torrid run of form and Bet Victor's 13/5 about a Gills victory could be superb value.

County haven't won since October and have only managed one goal in their last four matches, so new boss Shaun Derry has his work cut out to try and drag them away from the foot of the table and they could be vulnerable to Taylor's side, despite the Kent side being 17th in the league themselves but they have won three of their last five league games.

Gillingham showed when beating Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane last month that they can produce the goods away from the Priestfield Stadium, so if they can repeat that form then could be capable of inflicting more pain on Derry's side at Meadow Lane.
Mick Bates

Mick is a passionate fan of Coventry City and has watched from the sidelines (and had the privilege of seeing the inner workings during an exciting two years in corporate sales there) to see the once mighty Sky Blues fall from the Premier League, then fail to sparkle in the Championship, relegated from League One and wind up in League Two before winning the most important fixture in football competitions - The Checkatrade Trophy final followed by a heart-stopping promotion back to League One.

As well as supporting the Sky Blues, Mick appreciates all levels of football and loves a good book to keep himself entertained as well as a few hours on FIFA or Football Manager as time allows.

He also keeps an eye on all the major English leagues and regularly enjoys a flutter looking for that elusive treble! 


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