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Brighton star Solly March has been in fine form since the World Cup break.(fake images)

Punt Solly March for a Seaside Special today.

Gary Lineker is your BBC presenter for Grimsby at Brighton in the FA Cup (2:15pm, BBC1). For the sake of balance, Nigel Farage will be ‘pitchside’, blaming the French.

The last time these two clubs met was in 2004. By then, Lineker had already been ‘in the chips’ for a decade. He clearly has a very different metabolism than I do, or very different French fries.

Fat would seem to sum up the bookies’ opinion of Grimsby’s chance today. Brighton are just 1/66 to qualify, but I’d cringe to accept that kind of price – the League Two Marriners are far from hopeful, just ask Southampton.

That said, two Brighton stars have really shined since the World Cup, one that was and one that wasn’t, and each deserves some form of scoring clearance if they start.

March is flying with goals in six of his last 13. Japan’s Qatari star Kauro Mitoma matches that goal ratio. Both should enjoy some long-range pop here.

Take March ‘anytime’ on 10/23 (Paddy), ‘March score from outside box’ on 1/9 (Bet365) and ‘Mitoma score from outside box’ on 1/12 (Hills).

Fulham have kept a clean sheet in nine games against the Big Six, and leave for Manchester United (4:30 p.m., ITV, FA Cup) after scoring six goals in two games. Marcus Rashford ‘anytime’ at 21/20 (Bet365, 90 minutes) is a fair coin toss.


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