2018-19 FA Cup: Third Round Draw Highlights

Tonight saw the FA Cup Third Round Draw take place as the big boys of Premier League and Championship join this competition, as six non league teams remain in the draw.

Without further ado, here’s our guide to the top ties from this third round draw as several top teams face a potential cupset. 


Tranmere/Southport vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham face a tough away test at Tranmere or Southport in the stand out tie of this Third Round draw.

Whilst Southport would be a new club for Spurs to face, they are yet to lose against Tranmere with six wins and two draws from eight previous meetings.

There has also been six domestic cup meetings against Tranmere, with the North Londoners scoring four in each of last three meetings after conceding in each of previous four beforehand. 

Tottenham however drew their last two FA Cup away ties last season, making a cupset a serious possibility regardless of which side they face.

In end though, I can see Spurs progressing but this should be an easy win if turn up and able to hush the home supporters. 


Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest

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Although Chelsea will be favourites, they are bound to be wary of ending up on the same stick that Arsenal found themselves on against Nottingham Forest last season despite being title holders at the time. 

Both teams have been very consistent in their respective divisions with only four losses between them in all competitions. Both sides have also only suffered a pair of goalless draws with first both coming away from home then second 0-0 being played out on their home turfs. 

This meeting therefore should be a cracker if form plays a direct influence and Forest already know how to dump a title holder out, which will only boost their belief in producing yet another FA Cup Third Round shock. against a second consecutive defending champion from London.  


Woking vs Watford


Woking will relish this money spinning match because although Watford are a Premier League side, they have won just two of their last five cup clashes with lower league opposition. 

This time round however, the Hornets are a much stronger team with extra depth available so a cupset is probably unlikely. 

Saying that, this is the FA Cup where anything can happen so don’t rule out any surprises till the final whistle blows. 


Gillingham vs Cardiff City

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Premier League strugglers, Cardiff face a tough trip to Priestfield Stadium as they aim to avoid making it six Third Round exits in this decade. 

Gillingham also have a torrid record in recent years with only four appearances at this stage in last 14 seasons, since reaching the Fourth Round in 2004. 

This therefore could be a scrappy affair because both will want to progress further and The Gills have a terrible home record this season, only avoiding defeat in five out of 12 home games. 

Cardiff’s away record this season is horrific with only one draw from six away trips, making this a potential cupset if Gillingham can get the job done at home. Otherwise Cardiff would probably win a replay rather comfortably. 


Best of Rest

Wrexham/Newport vs Leicester City – This could be a potential cupset if either Welsh side can make life difficult for the Foxes, who are currently in battle for a Europa League spot via Premier League. 

Norwich City vs Portsmouth – Championship vs League One leaders so should be a fun battle as both target promotion in their respective divisions. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool – Wolves knocked Liverpool out of this competition in fourth round of 2016-17 tournament at Anfield, so this is the Reds’ chance for revenge as Jurgen Klopp continues his hunt for an English trophy. 

Derby County vs Southampton – Derby are currently flying high in Championship whilst Southampton are struggling in Premier League and managerless after parting company with Mark Hughes.

Solihull Moors/Blackpool vs Arsenal – If its Blackpool vs Arsenal then this should be a decent win for the Gunners given that they have already met this season but if face Solihull Moors, it will be a much harder match against a hostile home crowd. 



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