Pre-match discussions at Field Mill will be all about the romance of the cup but in truth it’s 24 years since a non-league team toppled opposition from the top division so it’s hard to see Mansfield, at 15/1 with bet365, overcoming Liverpool.
The Reds, whilst a certainty at 1/4 with William Hill, aren’t exactly going to pay off the mortgage at that price but that’s not to say there’s no value to be had in the Nottinghamshire contest.
Brendan Rodgers, for example, will probably choose to rest Luis Suarez and hand a debut to new signing Daniel Sturridge, who seems to enjoy the FA Cup so a flutter on the former Chelsea man at 7/2 with Paddy Power to break the deadlock is undoubtedly tempting.
Alternatively, Stan James rate Sturridge at even money to notch at any stage and with a victory ‘to nil’ likely for the visitors (6/5, Ladbrokes), punters fancying something a bit more speculative might like BetVictor’s 8/1 marked against a 3-0 Liverpool victory.
Daniel Sturridge to score first – 7/2 (Paddy Power)