Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (total £29.93, up £4.93)

It’s 2010, and happily we can begin the new year with a few extra dollars in our back pocket after winning almost a £5 in our last round of betting. With our Christmas credit card bill probably in the post already, we’re grateful for any additional coinage at this time of year.

You can also claim free cash from our betting partner, Betfair. New clients who register at Betfair can claim a free no-lose bet of £25 that allows you to a have a free £25 bet with nothing to lose. All you have to do is click on this link to register, which once completed allows you to make a deposit and place a bet up to £25 in your account. If your first bet loses, you’ll receive your cash of up to £25 within 48 hours.

As is standard in the English football calendar, the first weekend of the new year sees the return of the greatest club competition in the world, the FA Cup. Minnows will be dreaming of the next historic cup shock, however we’re backing Premier League outfits to coast into the fourth round en masse, and accordingly we’re putting our money behind three top flight teams in an accumulator that offers tasty 2/1 odds.

Blue Square Premier club Barrow will take an estimated 7,100 fans to Sunderland on Saturday with the non-leaguers dreaming of dumping Steve Bruce’s Black Cats out the cup. But the hosts will not be taking their lower league opposition lightly, with Sunderland set to name an unchanged 11 against Barrow being hamstrung to make changes with a host of players unavailable with injury.

Tottenham also enjoy home advantage against lower league opponents, as Peterborough head to White Hart Lane to take on the top-flight high-flyers. (Full match preview here.) Despite miraculously clawing themselves back to 4-all against Cardiff last time out, the Posh find themselves in 24th position in the second division of English football, five points from safety, while Tottenham have momentum after winning three of their last four matches.

The final game on Saturday sees Liverpool travel to Reading. For all the negativity surrounding the Merseysiders first half to the season, the Reds have threatened to turn their season around of late with three wins in four Premier League outings putting them back in the hunt for a top four finish. In contrast, the Royals head into Saturday’s third round contest on the back of a five-match winless run which has left them in trouble towards the foot of the Championship table.

Backing Sunderland (2/11), Tottenham (2/11) and Liverpool (4/9) to all win, we hope to convert a £5 bet into a £10.09 return.