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Boro expected to roll over the Shots
5:20pm Friday 25th January 2013 in Sport
Middlesbrough weren't at their very best in the third round of the FA Cup, but still had too much for Hastings.
Theoretically, the subsequent draw was almost as generous towards Boro, handing them another home tie, against League Two Aldershot and bookies are confident that Boro will again prevail comfortably. BetVictor make them emphatic favourites at 4/11.
The Shots are a 10/1 chance at Stan James, while bet365 offer 9/2 about the contest requiring a replay, BetVictor quote a 1-1 scoreline at 11/1 and it's 15/2 via Ladbrokes to be all square at the end of each half.
Those stalemate prices might attract a few bets given that Boro have suffered back-to-back Championship defeats and also because lower-placed teams approach such FA Cup ties with nothing to lose.
However, Boro should have too much quality and William Hill make Mowbray's troops 10/3 to eventually break down their opponents' resistance to emerge triumphant after going in at the interval on level terms.
Boro actually conceded against the non-league visitors in round three and that could prompt some to tackle Stan James' even money for both teams to get on the scoresheet. Similarly, bet365's 4/7 for the clash to produce three or more goals, also possesses appeal and with those prices in mind, BetVictor's 9/1 for a 2-1 home victory appeals.
There are those fans though, that will be expecting a more comfortable afternoon and Stan James rate Mowbray's men at 10/1 to finish on the right side of a 3-1 scoreline or alternatively there's the handicaps, where Paddy Power price Boro at 10/11 when kicking off a goal in arrears.
Hartlepool remain bottom of League One but they have been a touch more competitive in recent matches, picking up four points from four outings. Those were gleaned on their travels and John Hughes' men might therefore head to fellow strugglers Portsmouth in positive mood.
Pompey's form is appalling, they've lost ten and drawn three of their last 13 matches so a case can be made for a Pools triumph at 17/10 (bet365). Ladbrokes meanwhile, rate the visitors at 18/5 to sneak it by a one-goal margin at Fratton Park, where they're 17/2 via Skybet to register a 2-1 success.
Odds supplied by www.betrescue.com.
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