This all-League One replay will see a strong Bristol City side overcome Doncaster Rovers to seal a place in the FA Cup fourth round.
Bristol City are having a fine time of things in League One this season, sitting strongly at the top of the table following some excellent performances to date. As such they will be expected to completely dominate this home game following a stalemate in the original tie at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium.
City have also been impressive in this competition, overcoming Telford United and Gillingham before drawing 1-1 with Doncaster, however manager Steve Cotterill will be confident that they can sweep past the visitors and go through to the next round where they will face Premier League opposition in the form of either West Ham or Everton. We’ll be backing them to do just that, City up for grabs at best odds of 17/20 with William Hill to go through to the fourth round tonight.
Doncaster Rovers are sitting in the bottom half of the League One table following an inconsistent start to the season. They suffered relegation from the Championship at the end of last season and have yet to find their feet in the third tier of the English game. Nevertheless they appear to have turned things around of late with just one defeat from their last eight outings, giving the Doncaster faithful hope that a win is a possibility this evening.
Paul Dickov’s side have performed well in cup competitions this season, defeating a strong Watford side in the Capital One Cup as well as fellow League One side Oldham Athletic in this tournament. Bet365 offer 15/4 for a Rovers win tonight, a draw up for grabs at 14/5 with the same firm.
Indeed, the home side have been rather suspect defensively this term with just one clean sheet to their name in their last six outings. As such, we’ll be expecting goals for both teams tonight and the visitors will be confident that they can contribute to the scoring at some point. The home side will prove the stronger of the two, however we fancy a City win with both teams scoring at odds of 3/1 at Coral.
Matt Smith will be the man to watch in this clash, the Bristol City loanee proving a huge hit at Ashton Gate this season after failing to become a regular in the starting line-up at Fulham thanks to the fine form of leading striker Hugo Rodallega. Nevertheless, he has scored nine goals in nine appearances with the Robins and we’ll be backing him to bag a tenth tonight at odds of 13/8 at Betfair.
The lure of a Premier League team in the next round will prove a great incentive for both sides and we’re expecting a thrilling goal-laden match, however the hosts will be the ones cheering loudest at the final whistle.
Our betting tips
Bristol City win, both teams scoring – Coral 3/1
Anytime Goalscorer, Matt Smith – Betfair 13/8