Southampton 1-2 Grimsby Town – FA Cup Betting Review

Betting Analysis

Looking at the 1×2 market first. This was a true giant killing, the kind that makes the FA Cup so famous around the footballing world.

Southampton were the massive favourite @ 1.31, but it was the lowest rank club remaining side in the competition which grabbed a victory which paid out @ 10.50!

Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Southampton had more of the game from the start until the end and all of the chances in open play. However, bad finishing and cheap defensive mistakes dug them a hole they could never get out of.

It has to be said, they were a big let-down themselves and their fans. Relevant to this betting review, they also let down their backers! Grimsby +1.5 won in this market as well as the outright @ 1.93.

Looking at The Under/Over goal line last of all where the line was set at 3 goals. This was a push with the result 1-2.


Match Summary

Grimsby pulled off a truly memorable giant killing to make history for the club, securing a final 8 place thanks to a 1-2 win against EPL side Southampton.

Heroic Gavan Holohan scored two penalties either side of the break to send his side into dreamland.

With this success, Grimsby Town become the first team in the competition’s 152-year history to eliminate five teams from a higher division in the same campaign.

Bottom of the Premier League and their confidence already low before kick-off, this was the last thing the club needed.

Southampton had hoped the FA Cup fifth round would provide some respite, particularly as they hosted the League Two side on new manager Rubén Sellés’ home debut. But the visitor hadn’t read the script.

The gap in quality was soon evident with Town keeper Max Crocombe forced to palm Sékou Mara’s one-on-one effort away inside the first five minutes.

The same Southampton man was denied again soon after, this time when the linesman’s flag cut his celebrations short after the striker believed he’d opened the scoring.

The hosts failed to take their chances and were punished when the visitor took a shock lead from the penalty spot. Holohan stepped up and slotted his effort straight down the middle of Alex McCarthy’s goal.

The goal really damaged the home side nerves and they needed a quick response to avoid being booed by the fans again.

Instead, they capsized dreadfully and conceded a second penalty soon after the restart

fringe squad player Caleta-Car was the guilty party as his rash conduct inside the area resulted in the spot-kick, allowing Holohan to make it 0-2 in the 50th minute.

Ćaleta-Car quickly made amends when he found himself unmarked inside the area from a corner to tap home in the 65th minute.

The momentum turned and Southampton dominated while Grimsby sat back.

The host would have been level in the 80th minute, but for an offside decision awarded by VAR.

Kyle Walker-Peters put a shot narrowly wide in the third minute of six added on. The home side had all the open play chances and most of the play, they merited more but it doesn’t disguise a big let-down of a performance. Fair scores 2-1 and 1-1.

Grimsby held out to secure their place in the FA Cup quarter finals for the first time since 1939.