Macclesfield v Oxford - Friday 19:55, BBC Two
Oxford appear to have rid themselves of the complacency that plagued them for the first three months of the season and they arguably deserved more than a point away to leaders Scunthorpe last weekend. So don’t expect them to trip up against non-league in front of the television cameras, Michael Appleton knows precisely why the BBC have selected this game.
Appleton knows all about the magic of the FA Cup and how lucrative it can be. He was only in charge of Blackburn for three months but led them to the quarter-finals in 2013, beating Arsenal at the Emirates along the way. Last season, he cleared three hurdles with Oxford in a season where the Yellows beat higher division opposition four times.
So they understand better than most the chemistry that goes into producing an upset and will be guarding against the shortcomings that would contribute to the BBC getting the giantkilling they crave. Take the 2/1 available on Oxford to clear the -1 handicap. If they get their noses in front soon enough, they can be trusted to take the hosts apart once they have to chase.
Macclesfield are 12th in the National Premier, yet bottom six in terms of goals scored. They edged out a dismal Walsall side in the last round but have failed to beat top ten opposition at their own level in eight attempts. If you’re looking for a correct score wager, there’s some mileage in the Oxford 3-0 option at 13/1.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus