League One side Preston look set to brush Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville aside on Monday evening in the FA Cup
Preston North End are looking to achieve promotion to the Championship at the end of the season and they currently sit second in the table after sixteen matches which included eight victories in all competitions.
They suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of local rivals Rochdale, followed by a 1-0 defeat to Swindon Town recently, however they should have little trouble disposing of lower league opposition in this FA Cup encounter, William Hill offering 4/9 that they return to winning ways this evening.
The home side are enjoying their season to date and they sit comfortably in fifth place in the league table. Having lost just one of their previous league games, they are starting to look seriously at the possibility of promotion to the top tier of the non-league pyramid.
Havant have enjoyed a measure of success against higher-league opposition before, Swansea City and Notts County being put to the sword in cup competitions and they scared Liverpool in 2008, eventually succumbing to the Premier League side to the tune of 5-2. Nevertheless, the bookmakers aren’t too optimistic about the non-league side’s chances in this encounter, Bet365 offering 7/1 for a home win, a draw up for grabs at 19/5 with Stan James.
Preston North End have been in top form so far this season, their solid defence managing no less than seven clean sheets and we’re confident that they can get their eighth in this clash. Following victories against Port Vale and Oldham, we fancy them to clinch a win-to-nil result this time around, Sky Bet offering 13/8 for such an outcome.
Preston possess some decent experience in attack with Paul Gallagher and Joe Garner likely to feature in this match, the latter more likely to get his name on the scoresheet. The ex Notts Forest forward managed no less than 24 goals last season with ten to his name this season so far, Betfair offering 19/20 for him to score anytime in this clash.
Warrington and Worcester have already provided some FA Cup surprises so far and we think that the competition has already had enough shock results, therefore we’re backing a win for the visitors tonight.
Our betting tips
PNE to win to nil – Sky Bet 13/8
Anytime Goalscorer, Joe Garner – Betfair 19/20
All odds were correct at time of posting.