The FA Cup Third Round is one of the golden dates on the English football calendar with the Premier League and Championship matches joining the competition this weekend.
Arsenal v Tottenham is the pick of the matches on Saturday whilst few non-league teams will also feature in third round ties this weekend.
Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City
The early kick-off on Saturday sees Premier League title hunters Manchester City make the short trip into Lancashire to face Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
Blackburn have won the FA Cup six times but haven’t done so since 1928 whilst Manchester City of course reached the final as most recently as last season, only to be defeated by Wigan Athletic.
Rovers’ Todd Kane misses out with a thigh strain but boss Gary Bowyer could have David Dunn back following a hamstring injury and Jason Lowe returns from suspension.
City have won eight of their last nine Premier League games and manager Manuel Pellegrini is expected to make a number of changes to his squad. Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic, Micah Richards and Martin Demichelis will definitely not feature as they are all out injured.
The match is live on BT Sport 1 from 12:45pm.
The majority of the third round ties take place at 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Here is a selection of matches:
Wigan Athletic kick-off their defence of the FA Cup at home to League One side MK Dons. Uwe Rosler’s side are 17/20 favourites with Bet Victor whilst Bet 365 provide the best odds on an MK Dons win at 15/4.
Championship table-toppers Leicester City will be hoping to cause a cup upset at Premier League side Stoke City. They are my BET OF THE DAY to pull out an upstaging at the Britannia with Bet 365 offering the best odds on the East Midlanders at 14/5. The best odds on a Stoke win come from William Hill at 6/5.
There are also a couple of non-league clubs remaining in the competition, including Conference Premier side Grimsby Town who host Championship side Huddersfield Town. You’ll find Ladbrokes offering odds of 7/2 on a Grimsby win whilst the Terriers are 10/11 favourites with Bet Victor.
The other Conference sides to be involved in the third round this year are Macclesfield who are at home to Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday and Kidderminster Harriers who face League One outfit Peterborough United.
Arsenal v Tottenham
The North London derby was undoubtedly the biggest eyebrow raiser when the third round draw was made back in December as the two old rivals once again lock horns.
Arsenal came out with a 1-0 win when the pair met in the Premier League earlier this season and they are top of the Premier League after Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Cardiff City.
Arsene Wenger is without injured trio Nicklas Bendtner, Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey while Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud face late fitness tests, the latter struggling with illness.
Spurs are buoyed by the 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on New Year’s Day which saw the recently in-form Emmanuel Adebayor stretchered off but he will be available on Saturday.
Andros Townsend, Lewis Holtby and Jermaine Defoe could all return for Tim Sherwood’s side following injury lay-offs.
You can catch this one live on ITV1 from 5:15pm.
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