Five FA Cup third round ties to look forward to
The FA Cup third round is one of the most anticipated weekends of the footballing calendar and the draw was made for this season’s competition on Monday night.
It was an intriguing draw with four of five fixtures that stand out as great matches and there will be a lot of options for the television companies.
Arsenal are the current holders of the competition and they will be looking to retain their trophy.
However, Manchester City look to be the best team in the country and they remain in the hunt for the quadruple. Based on their current form, they are the overwhelming favourites to win the FA Cup.
Here are five third round ties to look forward to…
Liverpool vs Everton
This was the mouthwatering tie of the round, as the two Merseyside clubs meet at Anfield. They face each other in the Premier League this weekend and this draw means that the bragging rights will be up for grabs again in a month’s time.
Jurgen Klopp will be looking to win his first trophy of his Liverpool career and this competition could offer his best chance in doing that. Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce will want to win his first major honour as a manager and has his best chance with Everton.
There is a lot to play for in this match and it will make for a great spectacle for the neutral.
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace
Although it is one of the weirder rivalries in English football, these two clubs have a storied history and this tie will be one to watch out for.
They have met once already this season as the two sides finished goalless at the Amex Stadium. However, there was crowd trouble and the local police won’t have been pleased when they were drawn to face each other again in the FA Cup.
This will be a physical affair and a loss for either team would be have a damaging effect on their morale ahead of what is likely a relegation fight for both clubs.
Tottenham vs AFC Wimbledon
This will be a great occasion for the League One club as they get the opportunity to play at Wembley against Tottenham.
Their climb up the pyramid has been a story that has caught the attention of the country and this match will serve as the latest landmark in their ascent. They famously won the FA Cup in the 1988 season in their earlier guise and the supporters will be delighted to be back at the national stadium.
For Spurs, there is a lot of pressure on Mauricio Pochettino to win a trophy and another failure in the FA Cup will be a disappointment.
Fleetwood Town or Hereford United vs Leicester City
There will be a lot of neutrals hoping that Hereford United manage to make it to the third round, due to their history in the competition.
They famously beat Newcastle United in the 1972 competition in what was one of the biggest shocks of all-time. It is a rare occurrence for a non-league team to beat top-flight opposition and Ronnie Radford’s goal is replayed countless times every year.
They competed well in their first match against Fleetwood Town and earned a credible draw.
Leicester City are recent winners of the Premier League and it would be a great spectacle if it is to be Hereford that make the third round.
Middlesbrough vs Sunderland
Sunderland fans would have been hoping to avoid a local derby against Newcastle United and they managed to do that, but they are set to face another North East in Middlesbrough.
They are both in the Championship now and struggling to bounce back from relegation during the 2016/17 season. The Black Cats are hoping that Chris Coleman will be the manager to rebuild the club, but it is a tough ask.
Neither team will really want to be in the competition, but they won’t want to be knocked out by a rival. This should be a fiercely contested affair at the Riverside Stadium.