FA Cup Third Round Tips

FA Cup Third Round Tips – January 7-10

We’ve got some tips for the third round of the FA Cup as the Premier League big-boys seek to avoid an upset

Back Gunners to progress at 8/15 with Paddy Power

Arsenal have won a record 14 FA Cups and will bid to claim No 15 this season as they embark on what they hope will be the road to Wembley at Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

Mikel Arteta lifted football’s most oldest and most iconic trophy in his first campaign as Gunners boss when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to seal a 2-1 win over Chelsea in August 2020.

Much has changed at the Emirates since then; Arsenal have since re-emerged as a respected force in the Premier League again and Aubameyang is no longer the darling of the terraces.

After two inconsistent campaigns under Arteta, Arsenal currently lie fourth in the Premier League and have made undeniable progress under the former Spain midfielder.

Aubameyang, meanwhile, has been frozen out of the Arsenal squad after three disciplinary breaches – a move which proves that Arteta is no soft touch.

His men will get a test of their mettle this weekend at the City Ground when they take on Steve Cooper’s Championship promotion hopefuls.

Forest have made huge strides under Cooper but have lost their last two games and Arsenal should have too much class for them on Sunday.

This is a competition Arsenal can realistically win and Arteta will surely field a reasonably strong side.

You can get odds of 8/15 with Paddy Power for the Gunners to progress to the fourth round while Alexandre Lacazette is 4/1 as first goal scorer with Bet365, although Emile Smith Rowe might be more tempting at 8/1.

Another intriguing tie is Leeds United’s trip to West Ham United, also on Sunday.

The Hammers are flying under David Moyes this season and could feasibly finish in the top four.

But Irons supporters would love nothing more than to reach an FA Cup final and they are 22/1 with  Coral to lift the famous old trophy.

Their clash with Leeds is a tough one to call.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side showed some welcome signs of their old selves last weekend when beating Burnley and they look set to be boosted by the return of England striker Patrick Bamford against West Ham.

Bet365 are offering 4/1 on a Leeds win with Bamford at 7/1 as first goalscorer.

Teenage sensation Joseph Gelhardt could start the game ahead of Bamford, however, and is 10/1 as first goal scorer, again with Bet365.

It is worth remembering that Leeds have never progressed beyond the third round in three previous attempts under Bielsa, but surely their hoodoo has to end at some point?

Newcastle United are reportedly ready to raid Mikel Arteta’s squad as reports suggest the Tyneside club want four Arsenal players in the January transfer window.

— The Chronicle (@ChronicleZim) January 6, 2022