Brighton vs. Grimsby Betting Tips: Solly March backed to continue hot streak
Grimsby bid to continue their stunning FA Cup journey when the League Two underdogs return to the south coast to take on Premier League Brighton in their first quarter-final appearance in the competition since 1939 (2.15pm, Sunday, BBC 1).
Brighton vs Grimsby Odds
Grimsby’s FA Cup campaign began back in November when they crushed League One Plymouth 5-1. Cambridge were next to suffer an upset at the hands of The Mariners, who proceeded to thump Championship promotion-chasers Luton 3-0 in a replay. Up next was a trip to Southampton.
Surely this was a step too far? Nope. Paul Hurst has installed an unshakable belief within this side who rocked up at St Mary’s and marched The Saints to the exit door.
Brighton represents an entirely different test. Roberto De Zerbi has taken this talented team to a new level, with Wednesday’s victory over rivals Crystal Palace drawing them to within a point of Liverpool with a game in hand. In fact, they are only six points behind Spurs in 4th, with two games in hand.
As for the FA Cup, they’ve never won it and have only reached the semi-finals twice in their history. The Seagulls, who have beaten Liverpool, Middlesbrough, and Stoke so far, really do have an excellent opportunity this season given their form coupled with the fact a number of high-profile teams have been dumped out of the competition.
Brighton are just 1/7 to win this in 90 minutes and book a semi-final spot at Wembley. A draw is 8/1, while an away win is out at 22/1.
Brighton vs Grimsby Tips
Solly March is loving life under Roberto De Zerbi and has been in superb goalscoring form since Boxing Day, bagging himself seven Premier League goals to fire Brighton into contention for the European places.
The versatile 28-year-old, who was perhaps unfortunate to miss out on an England call-up, has scored in his last two outings against Leeds and Crystal Palace.
Considering a few of his teammates are odds-on in the anytime goalscorer market, I think the in-form March looks a decent price at 12/5 to make it three goals on the spin on Sunday at home to Grimsby.
No Grimsby player has amassed more yellow cards in League Two this season than Luke Waterfall.
The defender has been booked seven times, including twice in his last three games and four times in his previous eight appearances.
While Southampton's problems in attack were evident in the previous round, Brighton have been scoring for fun, meaning this could potentially be a long and frustrating afternoon for the Grimsby backline as they attempt to stop the likes of March, Kaoru Mitoma, and co.
With that said, I think 5/1 looks a very big price on Waterfall to be booked.