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There are plenty of fixtures today, with the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham the main attraction as the FA cup third round gets underway.
In Premier League terms the pair currently sit 1st and 6th in the standings and both teams will head into the game in strong recent form.
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Spurs have collected 10 points from a possible 12 since dispensing with the services of Andre Villas-Boas while Arsenal bounced back from their defeat to Manchester City early in December, collecting 10 points over the festive period.
Both teams will be missing personnel with Nicholas Bendtner, an unlikely hero against Cardiff and Paulinho both out. In-form Emmanuel Adebayor should be fit to be face his former club despite being stretchered off in Spurs’ win over Manchester United.
The clash at the Emirates is one of four all premier league ties on Saturday with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking charge of Cardiff for the first time against Newcastle, Norwich at home to Fulham and manager-less West Brom against Crystal Palace the others.
Last season’s runners up Manchester City, the favourites for this year’s competition, face a tricky test away to Blackburn while the winner in 2012, Wigan, will hope to make it through to the fourth round when they face league one side MK Dons.
One of the outside bets to lift the cup, Everton begin their quest at home to Harry Redknapp’s QPR. Martinez is bidding to emulate the achievements of Billy Walker and Harold Chapman and win the cup with two different clubs. Should he succeed, the Spaniard would become the first man to this in consecutive seasons.
Hull City travel to the North East to take on Middlesbrough while Jay Rodriquez will bid to fire Southampton on a cup run starting with a home tie against his former club, Burnley.
Despite Paul Lambert’s side insistence that he could do without the FA Cup, Aston Villa will hope to avoid a slip up when they take on Nigel Clough’s Sheffield United side. Lambert’s side have struggled at Villa Park this season winning just two games.
Stoke will hope to clip Championship leaders Leicester wings when they met at the Britannia.
Finalists from yester-years’ Bolton and Blackpool meet in a battle of nostalgia while Brighton at home to Reading is another intriguing all division contest.
On the upset front, Rochdale currently fifth in league two will fancy their chances at home to Leeds while last season’s semi-finalists Millwall will hope to avoid a similar outcome against Southend.
Coventry will hope to make life difficult for the Championship’s bottom side Barnsley while another league one side Leyton Orient, currently pushing for promotion, will also be on the hunt for an upset when they face another Championship struggler in the form of Yeovil.