In FA Cup ties, West Ham actually have the upper hand over Manchester United having registered four victories to the Red Devils’ three across the pair’s eight meetings in the competition.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are expected to level matters at Upton Park this weekend, Paddy Power installing them as odds-on favourites at 4/6 to prevail in their third round showdown.
The Hammers are 9/2 via Stan James to secure safe passage to the next stage and the tie is 14/5 with BetVictor to require a replay but the visitors should ultimately prove too strong in what should be an enthralling encounter.
In a clash that looks a banker at 4/6 (William Hill) to produce three or more goals, Skybet offer 7/1 about Manchester United finishing on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline and a case can be made for an away victory by a one-goal margin.
Alternatively, Ladbrokes make the away side 7/2 to shade it following a level first period and it’s a tasty 8/11 (bet365) for both teams to get on the scoresheet.
The lowest-placed team left in the tournament is Hastings but their cup run is set to come to an end at Middlesbrough where an upset is considered hugely unlikely by BetVictor at odds of 20/1.
Boro’s strength at the Riverside should see them justify odds of 1/7 at bet365 and Tony Mowbray’s men are worth considering in Paddy Power’s handicaps at 11/10 when kicking off a couple of goals in arrears.
Another non-league outfit, Mansfield, go in search of a major shock as they welcome Liverpool to Field Mill but the Reds, at 1/5 courtesy of Stan James can coast to victory so BetVictor’s 13/2 marked against a 3-0 triumph could reap dividends for punters.
Everton will try to avoid a banana skin in Monday’s game at Cheltenham, where bet365 rate them at 1/3 to get through at the first attempt but the Robins could make life difficult for the Toffees and it might be worth a modest flutter on a success for David Moyes’ men by one (5/2, Skybet) at Whaddon Road.
Newcastle are one of the Premier League teams that looks the most vulnerable, their poor away record lending appeal to a Brighton triumph at 2/1 (BetVictor) as the two square up at the Amex Stadium.
Neighbours Sunderland could also be dumped out at Bolton, an outcome Paddy Power offer at 9/5.
Manchester City are just 1/6 with Stan James ahead of the home clash against Watford, Skybet rating Roberto Mancini’s men at 1/2 to be in front at the end of each half as the Italian boss locks horns with compatriot Gianfranco Zola.
Meanwhile, in a trio of all-Premier League fixtures, bet365 make Swansea 12/5 to take their tie against Arsenal to a replay back at the Emirates Stadium, the same firm marks a safe-looking 8/11 against Chelsea as they head to Southampton and West Brom are 9/5 via BetVictor to overcome a QPR team whose survival battle is the main priority.
Phil Taylor captured a remarkable 16th Darts World Championship on Tuesday, coming back from two sets down to overcome Michael van Gerwen at Alexandra Palace and ‘the Power’ is 5/2 (BetVictor) to return next year and retain his title.
The beaten finalist is a slightly chunkier 10/3 at William Hill and the talented Dutchman probably represents the early value at this stage to gain revenge.
Bet of the week: Brighton to beat Newcastle – 2/1 (BetVictor)
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