Bury v Hull, January 30, 3.00pm
League One side and hosts for this weekend’s FA Cup match, Bury, are the outsider price of 3/1. The travelling side, Hull, can be backed just shy of even money at 19/20. The draw is available at 12/5.
Bury have a huge challenge in front of them if they are wanting to progress into the next round of the FA Cup. They just about scraped through in the last round of the cup – after drawing 0-0 with Bradford home and away, the game was settled in penalties where Bury came out on top. Bury beat Wigan and Rochdale in the first and second round of the FA Cup to progress to this stage. Their league form has been decent but nothing to get too excited about, especially not something that will worry their opponents this weekend. They have picked up just four points in their last five games but still sit relatively comfortably in League One.
Hull will be looking forward to this fixture. Not only because it is a cup game, but given that they are facing a considerably weaker opposition than they are used to they will have a much needed respite from the league. They beat Championship rivals, Brighton, in the last round of the cup – winning 1-0 at home. This victory is part of a seven game winning streak that Hull are on, and they will fully expect to be continuing this at the weekend. Being top of your league or a league above can sometimes become irrelevant in the FA Cup, but Hull seem to be too strong for a lot of other teams at the minute and it is easy to see why they are odds on in this game. Hernandez is still in fine form and I expect him to get on the scoresheet this weekend.
I can’t see the magic of the FA Cup playing a part in this fixture, Hull are simply in too good of form to let it slip up now.
Hernandez to score first – 4/1.