The third round of the FA Cup was drawn yesterday, which of course includes the big boys from the Premier League and the Championship. Here we go over the the draw and give our opinion on the best matches and of course the best looking bets in the competition.
FA Cup 3rd Round Draw (Games to be played 7-8th Jan 2012)
Middlesbrough v Shrewsbury
Nottingham Forest v Leicester City
Manchester City v Manchester United
Dagenham and Redbridge or Walsall v Millwall
Crawley v Bristol City
Doncaster v Notts County
Bristol Rovers v Aston Villa
Tottenham Hotspur v Cheltenham
Sheffield Wednesday v West Ham United
Milton Keynes Dons v QPR
Hull City v Ipswich
Coventry v Southampton
Brighton and Hove Albion v Wrexham
Fulham v Charlton
Birmingham v Wolves
Norwich v Burnley
Arsenal v Leeds
Derby v Crystal Palace
Fleetwood or Yeovil v Blackpool
Swindon v Wigan
Barnsley v Swansea
Chelmsford or Macclesfield v Bolton
Newcastle v Blackburn
Everton v Tamworth
Sheffield United v Salisbury or Grimsby
Liverpool v Southend or Oldham
Gillingham v Stoke
Chelsea v Portsmouth
Watford v Bradford
Peterborough v Sunderland
West Brom v Cardiff
Reading v Stevenage
Tie of the round is of course the clash between Manchester City and Manchester United.
United will certainly want to get their revenge for their 6-1 humiliation at Old Trafford. But will they be able to do so at the Etihad?
Conference side Tamworth will be celebrating a huge payday by drawing Everton at Goodison Park. With David vs Goliath ties like this one, the romance of the FA Cup will always be strong.
Other than the City v United clash there was only one more all Premier League tie in the draw, and that is the Newcastle v Blackburn match.
Blackburn must see the FA Cup as an inconvenience this season, as they have much more important issues like fighting relegation.
Tottenham will be up to their usual tricks and play their under 16 team against Cheltenham at White Hart Lane.
Cheltenham are in fine form which has boosted them to 3rd in League 2. Will they be able to cause a major shock against the Spurs babies ?
Potential banana skins look like Wolves and Sunderland.
Wolves make the short trip to Birmingham, who are very strong at home, while Sunderland face Peterborough away from home. The Posh score plenty of goals, while Sunderland are currently in very bad form.
Bet365 FA Cup Winner Odds
Man City 11/2
Manchester United 15/2
Aston Villa 33/1
West Brom 80/1
West Ham 100/1
Others 200/1 and above
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On first thoughts we like the look of Newcastle at 33/1. Their odds are slightly inflated due to drawing Blackburn, who we are sure will see this competition as a pain in the backside.
Manchester City must also be feared. A tough opening tie against bitter rivals Manchester United but if they can overcome that, their squad has the quality and depth to retain the cup. The 11/2 looks a fair enough price, as they will shorten drastically if defeating United.
Stoke are a tough side for anyone to beat at The Brittania, and their physical style is suited to the FA Cup. Last season’s losing finalists are a juicy 40/1 to win this season, and look to have a clean route through to the 4th round after drawing Gillingham away.
Man City 11/2
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