FA Cup

2017-18 FA Cup: Third Round draw highlights

The FA Cup third round draw has been made with Premier League and Championship teams now in the mix.

Only four non league teams featured in this draw with three of them needing a replay first, whilst Slough host Rochdale later on tonight.

Has the magic of FA Cup throw up some potential giant killing ties, local derbies or a big six head to head?

 

Liverpool vs Everton

Definitely the biggest tie of the third round without a doubt!!

Everton might have not beaten their arch rivals at Anfield since 1999 in the league but drew here in 2009 before winning the replay.

Liverpool however are on a 14 match unbeaten run in the Merseyside derby, heading into their clash this weekend.

Both teams have players capable of producing a cupset here in Mohamed Salah and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, making this an exciting tie to call.

As said at start, this is the stand out tie and I expect it live up to expectations. 

 

Middlesbrough vs Sunderland

Having met three times already in the last two seasons, this Tees-Wear derby promises to be a competitive game as both clubs look for wins. 

These sides met in fourth round of 2011-12 FA Cup, drawing the first tie at Stadium of Light. Sunderland then won a replay 2-1 in extra time at the Riverside. 

Could we be in for a reversal repeat here?

 

Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United

Shrewsbury Town will be smelling a cupset here, given that they have lost just twice at home this season in all competitions. 

West Ham are currently struggling in Premier League so can’t really afford a cup run to distract them from the league survival fight. 

Since 2011-12 competition, the Hammers have exited in the third round on four occasions. 

That suggests they could be vulnerable to a massive cupset here. 

 

Best of rest

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Swansea City – Swansea are struggling with Wolves currently on the up so a cupset is possible here. 

Watford vs Bristol City – These teams met in the Carabao Cup second round this season with the Robins winning 3-2 at Vicarage Road. Again they meet here but will the FA Cup bring about revenge for Watford?

 

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