Football betting: Double up on Bolton and Burnley for FA Cup bonus

The first certainty of the weekend is that the 16 FA Cup fourth-round fixtures have to go down as the most uninspiring for many a year.

That's a given with the likes of Torquay matched against Crawley and Sheffield Wednesday drawn out of the hat with Hereford and the only tie that in any way floats neutral boats is the one at Goodison Park between Everton and Chelsea on Saturday dinner time.

That doesn't mean to say we can't make money, though and the second and third certainties over the next few days dictate that all we have to do is roll up at the bookies, place a double and sit back and wait until it's time to collect the winnings.

Certainties I reckon in the shape of Bolton and Burnley who should easily dispose of Wigan and Burton respectively at the first time of asking and yet the combined price for both doing so is a monster 11/8.

Get on large is the advice with our selections seemingly having far too much in hand for their opponents.

Let's take Bolton for example, a side, despite Monday's hammering by Chelsea, that are currently enjoying a renaissance under the astute leadership of Owen Coyle. They're fit, they're strong and they're tough as teak in stark contrast to a Wigan side that for the past 18 months has looked as flimsy as balsa wood when put under any sort of pressure.

And just to clinch it the Trotters – judging by the players asked to do a job against non-league York in the last round – will likely field a near-strength starting XI which if they so wish will include recent signing David Wheater who avoided getting cup-tied whilst at


Meanwhile, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is likely to give one or two of the kids an airing again.

Home win there then and the same applies to the tie at Turf Moor where Burton's chances of causing an upset have gone up in smoke over the past three weeks.

Firstly and incredibly they haven't played a game since surprisingly ousting Middlesbrough in the last round at the start of January.

The death of Macclesfield's Richard Butcher and the late postponement at Bradford last week has ensured that and no amount of training ground drills and practice matches will suffice when it comes to turning up

spot on for this one.

Ring rusty for sure and ring rusty without the ability to call on top scorer Shaun Harrad either as a result of his recent move to Northampton for an undisclosed fee.

Good business really because the prolific goal getter was out of contract at the end of the campaign, but it doesn't exactly help the Brewers cause here.

With nothing to fear Burnley will push forward at will and from every angle too with full-backs Daniel Fox and Tyrone Mears providing further width when joining an enterprising midfield unit that looks far more comfortable on front foot than back.

Get one and they could end up getting five or six and the 4/11 quote on them could appear to represent real value long before half-time.

Get greedy, though, and put it in a double with 8/11 Bolton – it's as certain an 11/8 double as you're ever likely to see.

Something for the Weekend

3 homes: Crewe, Carlisle & Rotherham (9/2)

3 aways: Reading, Charlton & Bournemouth (12/1)

Steer clear of: Aston Villa (5/6 at home to Blackburn)

? Odds supplied by Taylor's Bookmakers and Exchange Shop, LS28 6PA and may vary. For inquiries telephone 01132 568268 during office hours.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

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