Blyth to cherry-pick Bournemouth
Blyth Spartans face the Cherries of AFC Bournemouth in their FA Cup second round replay on Tuesday evening after the initial tie ended in a goalless draw.
Blyth have a rich history of causing upsets in the most romantic cup competition of them all.
Back in 1977-78 season this tiny club reached the heights of the fifth round. If they are successful against Bournemouth they will progress to the third round for the fourth time in their history.
The winners of the second round replay at Croft Park will face a lucrative home tie against struggling Premier League side Blackburn Rovers.
Whoever wins already has the guarantee of yet more television money to swell their coffers as the Blackburn tie has been picked as one of the third round televised matches.
In the first round proper of this season’s FA Cup Blyth continued their Cup tradition by beating League 2 high-flyers Shrewsbury Town in a shock 3-1 win.
Despite their Cup form Blyth’s form in the Blue Square North has been anything but good. They currently sit one from bottom with 13 points from 15 matches.
Harry Dunn’s side have not won a league match since 2nd September. However their record at home in the league is fairly impressive with four wins and two losses from their six matches at Croft Park.
In the match betting Blyth are 12/5 shots for the victory and look good value at that price.
You can get 10/11 about an away win for Bournemouth but this looks far too short. A repeat of the draw in the initial tie can be backed at 9/4.
The Cherries began their League 2 campaign on –17 points and have now clawed their way back up to +4 points. Without the points deduction the Cherries would be sitting in 17th place but instead Jimmy Quinn’s side are one from bottom.
Quinn was appointed after Bournemouth did not start the season too well under Kevin Bond, who is now Harry Redknapp’s sidekick at Tottenham.
Under Bond Bournemouth only picked up two points from four league matches.
Since the ex-Cambridge boss took the reins at Dean Court Bournemouth have taken 19 points from 16 matches. They have also not lost in their last six matches in all competitions.
Despite a recent upturn in fortune the 10/11 for a Bournemouth win is unbackable and the 12/5 about another FA Cup shock looks far better value.