Midweek English football tips: Best bets for the FA Cup and EFL action

Our midweek football tips begin in Bristol and end in Birmingham

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The midweek English football coupon serves up a mixture of Football League action and FA Cup fourth-round replays. Two of our best bets are selected from Tuesday night’s League One fare while our final pick comes from the glamour tie of the remaining FA Cup last 32 ties.

Premier League midweek tips

Bristol R to beat Fleetwood & both teams to score @ 2/1

Peterborough to beat Exeter to nil @ 9/4

Aston Villa to beat Chelsea @ 23/20

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Posh can shake off Wigan reverse win road win against shot-shy Grecians

Peterborough United fell to only their second defeat in 22 League One games at the weekend when losing 3-2 at home to Wigan, the side who were also responsible for Posh’s other loss in that period.

However, Darren Ferguson’s men came back from 3-0 down to make the final score 3-2 at London Road and won the shot count 25-10 against the Latics.

Posh have won four and drawn one of their last five road games so they’re an ok price at 4/5 to beat Exeter at St James’ Park, where the hosts have lost nine of their 15 home league games this season.

A bolder bet suggests itself courtesy of Exeter having scored just eight home league goals this term, five less than Fleetwood, the team with the second worst home goals for record in the third tier. The Borough are a chunky 9/4 to win to nil in Devon and kept a clean sheet in their last away game.

Tip: Peterborough to beat Exeter to nil @ 9/4

Rovers can nip nascent thoughts of a Fleetwood resurgence in the bud

Charlie Adam’s Fleetwood Town visit Bristol Rovers fresh from their first victory in 15 games at home to Port Vale at the weekend – a welcome relief after 11 losses and three draws in their previous 14.

However, it’s hard to trust that result is the start of a turning tide given the Valiants were absolutely woeful by all accounts and had also lost to rock bottom Carlisle three games prior.

The Bristolians should be a tougher proposition, as win odds of 8/13 suggest. Matt Taylor’s men have won their last two outings, including a commanding 3-1 win over Oxford in their last home game.

Adding both teams to score to the equation boosts the Rovers win odds to 2/1 – not bad considering 86% of Rovers’ home games and 71% of Fleetwood’s away games have seen both sides net.

Tip: Bristol R to beat Fleetwood & both teams to score @ 2/1

Villans can bounce the Blues at the second attempt back on home turf

Readers got their stake back when we put up Aston Villa to beat Chelsea (draw no bet) in the first running of this fourth-round tie and the Villans are expected to win through to the last 32 at the second time of asking.

Unai Emery’s side arrested a minor slump of three games without a win with a cathartic 5-0 thrashing of Sheffield United at Bramall Lane at the weekend and look decent value at 23/20 at a ground where they’ve won 21 of their last 25 outings.

Chelsea fell to a 4-2 home defeat against Wolves last time out and have now lost six of their last seven away games in all competitions. Among those defeats came losses to non-heavyweight foes such as Everton, Wolves and Middlesborough. Villa will be a far tougher proposition.

Tip: Aston Villa to beat Chelsea @ 23/20