FA Cup 3rd Round Preview
Take a look at our preview of selected matches from the 3rd Round of the FA Cup.
Wolves vs Man Utd
This encounter will see a repeat of last season’s quarter-finals where Wolves came out 2-1 winners on the day.
Since their breakthrough into the top flight, Wolves have had an excellent record against the division’s ‘Big Six’ and particularly over Manchester United.
The Red Devils have struggled for consistency, but tend to raise their game for the big matches, beating Chelsea, Leicester City, Tottenham and Man City this season, while they drew with Arsenal and Liverpool.
United have clearly identified domestic cups as their best shot at silverware this season and will likely field their strongest XI here as they’ve done in the League Cup.
Still, its hard to see Wolves losing at home, especially after beating Manchester City 3-2 in their last encounter at the Molineux.
My money is on the Home Win/Draw Double Chance & Both Teams to Score at 12/10.
Middlesbrough vs Tottenham
Middlesbrough will be looking to cause a major upset when they welcome Tottenham to the Riverside Stadium.
Spurs haven’t been at their ruthless best thus far under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho. That said, the Portuguese will almost certainly be targetting to FA Cup, as it’s the last trophy they can realistically win this season.
Boro have turned Riverside into a fortress again, enduring a six-game unbeaten run at home, winning the last four.
Play it safe in this encounter and back Both Teams to Score at 9/10.
Liverpool vs Everton
In the glamour tie of the third round, Liverpool and Everton go head-to-head in what will be a fiery Merseyside derby.
This is Carlo Ancelotti’s first taste of derby action against Jurgen Klopp’s club world champions.
The last time these sides met was not so long ago in the league where a weakend Reds XI ran riot, ousting Everton 5-2 at Anfield.
Takumi Minamino will be hoping to feature and hit the ground running after sealing his move from RB Salzburg.
With the home crowd on their side, I fancy Liverpool to get the job done at 5/10.
Arsenal vs Leeds
Mikel Arteta’s first game in a cup competition as Arsenal head coach sees his Gunners host Leeds United on Monday night at the Emirates Stadium.
Leeds are flying high in the Championship and look as though they’ll finally break back into England’s elite.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have continued to wobble under Arteta, dropping points against an injury-ravaged Bournemouth outfit before losing at home against Chelsea.
It’s still early days and everyone will be playing for their position in the team.
I’d back the hosts here at 6/10.
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