FC United, merely 5 years old and competing in the Norther Premier (2 divisions below the Conference) are 10/1 with Bet365 to spring a fairy-tale surprise.
FC United are on a 6 game winning streak, 4 of which are cup games, and could hardly have better preparation for their big cup day. Coupled with what is expected to be a massive following for FCU, a shock is a increasing possibility.
Rochdale have lost 4 of their last 5 and will be relying on their superior quality to see them through. However, any complacency and you feel the away team will latch straight onto it – both teams to score would seem quite attractive at 10/11 with Stan James.
FC United with a +2 goal headstart is an interesting 5/6 (Paddy Power) as the game has a real chance of being a close run contest.
Also, Stan James bet 500/1 that FC United will meet Manchester United at some stage in the 2011 FA Cup.