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FA Cup 3rd Round
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool
The first game of the 3rd Round comes to us from Villa park where Aston Villa take on Liverpool. Liverpool sit top of the league on goal difference while Villa are 8th, 7 points behind them. Liverpool have not been their glorious selves this season and have already lost to Villa 7-2 this season. Liverpool are also coming off a defeat to Southampton on Monday night. An interesting game between two good teams and either team could probably go through.
Wolverhampton vs. Crystal Palace
Not much separates Wolves and Palace in the league as they sit 13th and 14th respectively. Wolves have already played Palace this season as they beat the Eagles 2-0 in that game. This will be a close game with both teams evenly matched to get a result.
Everton vs. Rotherham
7th placed Everton take on Rotherham who sit 23rd in the Championship having won 4, drawn 4 and lost 12 games this season. This should be a straight forward win for Ancelotti and team.
Blackpool vs. West Brom
Blackpool sit 13th in League One as they welcome West Brom who sit 19th in the Premier League. Blackpool are the team in better form but in terms of quality West Brom should have enough to gain a win over the home team.
QPR vs. Fulham
London Derby as QPR welcome Fulham. QPR sit 20th in the Championship having won 4 drawn 9 and lost 9 while Fulham are 18th in the Premier League. Fulham are the better team and have been getting some good points recently having drawn their last 4 games. Fulham should see this game through.
Burnley vs. MK Dons
16th placed Burnley take on MK Dons who sit 16th in League One. MK Dons have won 6 drawn 7 and lost 8 of their games this season. Burnley are getting back into form and are showing their defensive solidity once again. Burnley should manage to win this game.
Bristol Rovers vs. Sheffield United
Bristol Rovers sit 18th in League One as they take on 20th placed Sheffield United. Bristol have won 6 drawn 4 and lost 8 of their games while Sheffield are still seeking their first win of the season. Bristol will feel encouraged that they can get a result against the Blades but the Blades should feel they can win this game.
Stoke City vs. Leicester
Stoke sit 8th in the Championship as they take on Leicester who sit 3rd in the Premier League. Stoke have won 9 drawn 8 and lost 6 this season as they look to progress to the Premier League. Leicester are the team in better form and with a solid squad but this could be a tricky fixture.
Arsenal vs. Newcastle
11th placed Arsenal take on 15th placed Newcastle with Arsenal coming into this game having won their last 3. Newcastle haven’t won a game in some time so they will be hoping for some FA Cup miracle in this game. Arsenal are looking to continue the momentum and should be able to dispatch of Newcastle.
Man United vs. Watford
2nd placed United take on Watford who sit 6th in the Championship. Watford have won 10 drawn 7 and lost 5 as they look to get back into the Premier League this season. United lost to City in the Carabao Cup but are generally in good form and this should be an entertaining game. Watford themselves are looking to return to winning ways.
Southampton vs. Shrewsbury
Southampton sit 6th in the Premier League as they take on Shrewsbury who sit 17th in League One. They have won 5 drawn 9 and lost 6 this season. Southampton should face no issues in this game and it should be a simple victory.
Crawley Town vs. Leeds
Crawley Town sit 6th in League Two having won 9 drawn 7 and lost 6 while Leeds sit 12th in the Premier League. Leeds should find this a simple game. The magic of the FA Cup usually comes to the fore when fans are around but without fans these are just friendlies.
Man City vs. Birmingham
City sit 5th in the Premier League and are in great form having beat United recently as they take on Birmingham who sit 18th in the Championship. Birmingham have won 5 drawn 8 and lost 10 this season. City should win this game easily.
Marine vs. Tottenham
Marine are a Non League Division One side which is the 7th Tier of English football as they welcome Tottenham who sit 4th in the Premier League. Marine sit 6th in their table having won 5 and lost 2 games this season. Ordinarily this would be a great game for the home fans to see a big team but with no fans it doesn’t have that sparkle. Tottenham should be able to dispatch Marine without any issues.
Newport County vs. Brighton
Newport sit 2nd in League Two having won 11 drawn 5 and lost 4 games this season. Brighton sit 17th in the Premier League as they struggle for form recently. Brighton are clearly the better team but Newport will feel they can cause an upset being in decent form recently. A tricky game.
Stockport vs. West Ham
Stockport sit 4th in the National League which is the 5th Tier of English football as they welcome West Ham who sit 10th in the Premier League. Stockport have won 7 drawn 3 and lost 4 this season but West Ham should be a game too far for them. The Hammers should progress to the next round.
La Liga MW 18
Villarreal take on Celta Vigo, Sevilla welcome Real Sociedad, Atletico welcome Bilbao, Barcelona travel to Granada, and Real Madrid travel to Osasuna, while Valencia travel to Valladolid. The rest are playing catchup to Atletico at the moment with the leaders still having 2 games in hand over the rest. This means that they teams behind them can’t afford to drop points.
Serie A MW 17
Atalanta travel to Benevento, Milan welcome Torino, Inter travel to Roma, Lazio travel to Parma, Napoli travel to Udinese, and Juventus entertain Sassuolo. Some tricky games for all the Italian teams this weekend as the table begins to heat up. Milan can regain their advantage at the top but Roma could fall away once again if they lose against Inter. Juventus will look to continue making ground but Sassuolo are a tricky customer.
Bundesliga MW 15
Bayern travel to play Monchengladbach, Leverkusen entertain Werder Bremen, Schalke welcome Hoffenheim, and Dortmund travel to Leipzig. A tricky weekend of fixtures in Germany as well as top teams face off against each other. Bayern are looking to increase their lead at the top of the table but the rest will hope Bayern drop points and their teams win.
Ligue 1 MW 19
PSG welcome Brest, Monaco welcome Angers, Marseille travel to Dijon, Lille travel to Nimes, and Lyon travel to Rennes. Poch will look to get his first win with PSG after a draw in his first game while the rest will hope to stay in the fight. Lyon just need to keep winning to maintain their gap at the top.