FA Cup Fourth Round Preview - Sutton United v Leeds United

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Updated Friday 24th February 2017, 03:59 PM


National League outfit Sutton United will strive to channel the most famous day in the club’s history this Sunday as they look to dump one of the biggest names in English football out of the FA Cup. The Us overcame then-top flight Coventry City 2-1 in the third round in 1989 and will welcome Leeds United to Gander Green Lane on Sunday, hoping for a similar outcome. But what are the bookies offering on a major FA Cup giant killing?

How the Bookies See it:

  • Winner: Leeds 4/6, Draw 16/5, Sutton 17/4 - Bet365
  • First Goalscorer: Chris Wood (LDS) 16/5, Marcus Antonsson (LDS) 5/1 Kemar Roofe (LDS) 11/2 - Paddy Power
  • Correct Score: Leeds 1-0 7/1, 1-1 15/2, Leeds 2-1 15/2 - BetVictor

Form

Sutton United disposed of first round visitors Dartford in a nine-goal thriller at Gander Green Lane, running out 6-3 winners, before taking down League 2 Cheltenham 2-1 at home in round two. Another home tie in the third round saw Sutton hold League 1 AFC Wimbledon to a goalless draw before Paul Doswell’s men pulled off one of the shocks of the round to win 3-1 at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. Their lowly 15th position in the National League makes them the lowest ranked team in the fourth round, but they have lost just once in their seven games in January and will relish the opportunity to add the Yorkshire side to their list of scalps.

Leeds United overcame a potential banana skin at Cambridge in the third round, coming from behind to eliminate the League 2 outfit 2-1. The Elland Road side seem to be finally realising their potential in the league after more than a decade in the doldrums, with boss Garry Monk masterminding six wins and a draw from their last eight Championship outings. A 2-0 midweek victory over Nottingham Forest, the highlight of which was an emphatic volley scored by Souleymane Doukara, lifted the the Whites to third in the table, seven points shy of an automatic promotion place.

Sports.net’s View

Sutton have shown that they are more than a match for the higher-ranked teams that have visited south London this term and will likely put in another dogged performance on Sunday. Experienced striker Matt Tubbs (7/2 with Betfred to score at any time) has taken on big names in the competition before, netting to earn Salisbury City a draw with Nottingham Forest in 2006 and appearing in the AFC Wimbledon side that pushed Liverpool all the way in a third round tie two years ago before losing 2-1. However, beating a rampant Leeds United side may prove a step too far for the home side.

The busy London team have played seven games this month after their FA Cup and FA Trophy matches both went to replays and the squad could struggle to keep up with the pace of another hard fought cup tie. Expect the non-leaguers to come out of the blocks fast, but tire towards the end against a Leeds side that have the luxury of being able to include fresh legs in their starting line up.

There could still be a shock left in the system, so 32Red’s 5/6 on both teams to score may be worth a flutter. Brave punters might consider Sky Bet’s 25/1 on Sutton to be leading at half time, but for Leeds to snatch the win, with BetVictor’s 19/5 on Draw/Leeds in the Half Time/Full Time market perhaps a safer bet.

  • Sports.net’s Top Tip - Draw/Leeds in the Half Time/Full Time market - 19/5 at BetVictor

Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run up to the game.


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