Newport County were minutes away from causing one the great FA Cup shocks at Rodney Parade but Harry Kane struck late for Tottenham to rescue the Premier League giants a replay.
In truth, it was a result that probably suited all parties as County get the pay day at Wembley while Spurs avoided what would have been a huge embarrassment.
The markets – as expected – see no chance of a repeat situation as Spurs are 1/9 shots to see off the League Two side in 90 minutes while County can be backed at a whopping 33/1 for the victory. The draw at 14/1 with Bet365 isn’t the most ridiculous price ever offered by a bookmaker.
As long odds-on shots go, Spurs look a shocking price.
Of course, the north Londoners are very much the most likely winners but there are plenty of negatives to throw in when analysing their incredibly short price. First of all, no matter how important a trophy seemingly is for Mauricio Pochettino, he rarely treats the FA Cup with much respect, especially at this time of the year when the Premier League fixture list dominates the schedule.
Pochettino has claimed it is “obvious” the FA Cup is not a top target for his team as he prioritises the Premier League and Champions League.
Tottenham’s progress has been one of the success stories of the last few years but it’s hard to ignore the fact Spurs have not won a trophy since the 2008 League Cup and Pochettino has not claimed a title during his managerial career.
This match has no doubt come at a fiddly time for the Premier League side. It’s sandwiched in between a trip to Liverpool, which Spurs drew 2-2, and a monster fixture against Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime.
Will Spurs be a full strength? Doubtful. Will they be playing at full pelt to beat Newport by the biggest scoreline possible? Absolutely not.
When you consider this will be the biggest game of many of the Newport’s squad careers, it’s hard not to like the handicap price regarding their chances.
Bookmakers have been very generous to offer Evens about Newport with a +3 goal head start (Bet365), meaning as long as they don’t lose by more than two goals, we’ll have ourselves a winner.
Punters should take heart from Newport’s resilience in League Two. Although no great shakes in the division, they are hard to beat.
Only one team have beaten them by more than two goals this season and that was high flying Notts County, who look a good bet to win promotion. If the Welsh side can limit Spurs space in the opening 15 minutes and stay in the game, then this could become a frustrating evening for the Premier League side.
There’s a good chance that even if the hosts take the lead, they’ll be saving themselves for Saturday against Arsenal and won’t run up a cricket score.
The Evens for Newport with a +3 with Bet365 start looks a belting way to double your money.
Where can I place a bet?
Of course, you need to find a respected bookmaker to place your bets and we find Paddy Power to satisfy all our needs. The growth of the Paddy Power brand as an online betting company has been one of the success stories of the industry in the last 10 years.
They have marketed their company through social media and their money back specials very cleverly and are hot on the heels of Bet365 to becoming the most profitable online betting companies in the UK and Ireland.
Their free bet offer is perfect for punters that are looking for regular bets over a longer period of time.
They are not only willing to match your first deposit up to £30 but also will repeat this offer for your next four bets which could give you a maximum of £30 of free punting money to splash on horse racing, football etc.
For example, if you decide to deposit £50 on Spain to win World Cup 2018 at 10/1, Paddy will then give you a free bet of £50 and for the next four times you deposit £50 again, Paddy will continue to match that with a £50 free bet offer.
A super offer to keep your account loaded with money throughout the competition, even if your account doesn’t reap the rewards straight away.
The boom of mobile betting has certainly taken off now and Paddy Power have been at the heart of it.
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The Paddy Power mobile app, which can be downloaded on iPhone, android, ipad and blackberry platforms, is, in our opinion, the best on the market.
Markets are easy to find and the design and functionality is top-class. We’ve been betting with Paddy Power for many years and have never had a sniff of a problem.
They have taken full advantage of the new generation of sports bettors and have tailored their website to suit this new younger, casual type of gambler. Paddy Power are a very fun company to be a part of and they can guarantee a fun betting experience when placing a bet through their flashy and exciting online portal.
A high proportion of new gamblers seem to be choosing them over more supposed established firms such as William Hill, Ladbrokes and Coral.
That says it all.
As with all betting, please bet responsibly and bet what you can afford!