2018-19 FA Cup: Third Round – Sunday

After a relatively quiet Saturday with Cardiff City the only major casualty, Sunday’s action promises the potential for some surprises. 

Watford and Leicester are amongst 16 teams vying for a place in the Fourth Round as eight more ties are completed, so here is a roundup of the three biggest ties to watch out for. 

Woking vs Watford (2:00pm) 

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National League South’s Woking face a tough test as they welcome Watford to the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Having battled past Swindon in their last FA Cup outing, The Cardinals face a difficult test against a Watford side who haven’t lost at this stage since being promoted to the Premier League in 2014. 

1996-97 season is also a common theme between both sides because it was the last time that Woking reached this stage whilst the Hornets last faced a non league team in that season of this competition. 

Coming back to the present, I can see Watford doing a comfortable job given the players at their disposal which Woking will struggle to silence if play like they did at Bournemouth in midweek but only tighter in defence. 

Prediction: Woking 0-3 Watford

Result: Woking 0-2 Watford

QPR vs Leeds United (2:00pm)

Leeds head to Loftus Road off the back of losing their last two matches whilst QPR are unbeaten in their last five. 

This decade has seen both sides fail to advance from this stage five times each but Steve McLaren and Marcelo Bielsa will be desperate to enjoy a solid cup run alongside their promotion bids, which makes this game even more fascinating. 

There has been only two previous FA Cup meetings between these two with both winning at home and Leeds have scored in every away game this season, making them the favourites but QPR have lost only twice at home since September. 

Realistically I can see a late winner deciding this but can ultimately feel that a replay will be needed to separate these sides given the Whites’ recent slump. 

Prediction: QPR 1-1 Leeds United

Result: QPR 2-1 Leeds United


Newport County vs Leicester City (4:30pm)

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Newport will really fancy their chances here after their exploits last season, particularly with their attacking ability which almost caught Tottenham out last season in the fourth round. 

Leicester however are a strong team who are inconsistent when comes to facing teams ranked below them, although they have won their last two away trips 1-0 through a pair of Jamie Vardy second-half strikes. 

I therefore wouldn’t be surprised if the Foxes decide to sit back and play off the counter which is a dangerous approach but one which should pay dividends if don’t put out the reserves. 

Prediction: Newport County 1-2 Leicester City

Result: Newport County 2-1 Leicester City

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