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As football continues to modernise and evolve, the magic of the FA Cup remains timeless as footballing minnows have their shot at spoiling the party for the teams plying their trade in the higher divisions.

With the third round being drawn for the 143rd edition of the competition, some exciting fixtures have been confirmed with the draw serving up a huge local derby that could steal the show.

Premier League teams are guaranteed to be knocked out by familiar opposition due to top flight pairings, whilst non-league representatives continue to defy the odds and fulfil “giant killer” roles.


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FA Cup Outrights

TeamOutright Winner Odds
Manchester City5/2
Manchester United9/1
Aston Villa20/1
West Ham25/1

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Picks of the Round

Premier League Encounters

You’d suggest that the pick of the Premier League games will be headlined by Arsenal v Liverpool; two sides who’ll be looking to get the edge over one another as they occupy first and second position in the league.

There’s little to separate the two sides in what you’d expect to be an attacking encounter of high quality. The pressures of competing in the FA Cup should be non-existent too with both sides recently winning the competition - Arsenal in 2019/20, and Liverpool in 2020/21.

Spurs are certainly contenders to claim a long-awaited cup as they continue to play entertaining, combative, football under Ange Postecoglou.

League form would suggest they’ll be able to better Burnley with ease, but Vincent Kompany is a two-time FA Cup winner as a player who knows how to manoeuvre his way through the competition. Can he help Burnley cause an upset against a relentless Spurs side?

Clashes like Crystal Palace v Everton and Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers could also offer EPL fans a chance to sneak their way into trophy contention as league medal chances remain a huge unlikelihood.

Derby Day

It was a rivalry once played out more commonly, but the Tyne-Wear Derby has been on hold since March 2016 due to the differing fortunes between the two sides.

Sunderland have just parted ways with Tony Mowbray, and their solid Championship positioning of 9th is nothing to shun. Beating their black and white neighbours will be a more difficult task than the more recent meetings between the sides.

Newcastle find themselves existing in a stronger position given their Champions League qualification for this season, the new owner’s financial power, and the feel-good factor around the club.

Eddie Howe has got The Magpies purring, with the club seemingly in a positive place given their ability to now realistically consider themselves competitors for all cup competitions.

Now could be the perfect opportunity for Newcastle to get a first win over their rivals in over 12 years, but anything is possible for Sunderland on Derby Day…

Non-League Magic

There are still some question marks over a third round spot for teams existing outside the football league, but a handful of sides can continue to defy the odds and pray they further their journey in the competition.

If Vanarama National League side Barnet can overcome League Two’s Newport County, then they’ll set up a non-league clash with Eastleigh to make it a certainty there’ll be fourth round action for a fifth tier team.

Even further down the leagues are the likes of Vanarama National League North’s Alfreton Town, who need to find a way to beat Walsall tonight.

The prize, should they beat Walsall, would be an attractive away day at Southampton, where players and fans can indulge in the company of a former Premier League, and the Championship’s fourth-placed, team.

Maidstone are flying high in the Vanarama National League South as they sit healthily in third. They’ll have to overcome the winner of Port Vale v Stevenage, but welcoming them to Maidstone could play into the home side’s hands and set up a dream away day down the line.

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FA Cup Third Round Games

Luton Town 8/15 v Bolton Wanderers 9/2

Shrewsbury Town 17/10 v Wrexham 6/4

Arsenal 6/5 v Liverpool 11/5

Stoke City 5/1 v Brighton & Hove Albion 1/2

West Ham United 9/20 v Bristol City 6/1

Tottenham Hotspur 1/3 v Burnley 13/2

Fulham 2/7 v Rotherham United 10/1

Peterborough United 11/2 v Leeds United 2/5

Millwall 3/1 v Leicester City 10/11

Watford 4/9 v Chesterfield 11/2

Sunderland 9/2 v Newcastle United 4/7

Sheffield Wednesday 8/5 v Cardiff City 17/10

Crystal Palace 6/4 v Everton 9/5

Middlesbrough 4/1 v Aston Villa 4/6

Wigan Athletic 12/1 v Manchester United 2/11

Manchester City 1/10 v Huddersfield Town 20/1

Blackburn Rovers 2/5 v Cambridge United 7/1

Gillingham 9/1 v Sheffield United 2/7

Swansea City 2/5 v Morecambe 7/1

Chelsea 1/5 v Preston North End 11/1

Queens Park Rangers 16/5 v Bournemouth 4/5

Coventry City 8/11 v Oxford United 4/1

Brentford 1/1 v Wolverhampton Wanderers 13/5

Plymouth Argyle 1/3 v Sutton United 13/2

Hull City 21/20 v Birmingham City 13/5

AFC Wimbledon 5/1 v Ipswich Town 1/2

Norwich City v Crewe Alexandra or Bristol Rovers TBA

West Bromwich Albion v Aldershot Town or Stockport County TBA

Southampton v Alfreton Town or Walsall TBA

Nottingham Forest v Blackpool or Forest Green Rovers TBA

Maidstone United v Stevenage or Port Vale TBA

Newport County or Barnet v Eastleigh TBA

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