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There are six ties up for consideration in the FA Cup on Sunday with Manchester United’s home clash with Swansea the tie of the day.
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The Red Devil’s home form once again came under scrutiny following the New Year’s Day loss to Spurs. The 2-1 defeat was their fourth at home in the league and sixth of a difficult maiden season for manager David Moyes.
Despite his league travails Moyes has not any problems in Cup games and is currently unbeaten in competitive outings both in Europe and at home.
The former Everton manager has guided United to the semi-finals of the Capital One cup as well as to the knockout stages of the Champions league.
United have already beaten Swansea on the road running out 4-1 winners on the opening day of the season, that, coupled with that the fact that United have never lost in the third round when paired with a Premier League rivals should ensure that Moyes and his side will be confident of progressing to the next round.
Down in the midlands, Steve McClaren will be out to cause an upset when his in-form Derby side take on last season’s semi-finalists Chelsea in the third round of the FA cup.
The former England manager has led his team to the brink of the automatic promotion places since taking charge in September and with the backing of a strong home crowd he will fancy his chances of beating a Chelsea side likely to make changes from the one that beat Southampton in the Premier League last time out.
Anfield will be an emotional place on Sunday when Liverpool and Oldham meet for the third successive year in the Cup.
The two clubs plan to show their respects before game for Wayne Harrison, a former player with both clubs who passed away from pancreatic cancer at the tender age of 46 on Christmas Day.
Harrison became the most expensive teenager in world football when he moved to Merseyside from Oldham for £250,000 in 1984. However injury hampered his progress and he never made a first team appearances for the Reds, eventually retiring from the game.
Oldham shocked Liverpool when they beat the Premier League side 2-1 last thanks to Matt Smith. The result was revenge for their 5-1 loss at Anfield 12 months previously which, given Brendan Rodger’s side free scoring home form could once again be on the cards.
Steven Gerrard could start after making his return from injury against Hull while the likes of Martin Kelly, Luis Alberto, Hugo Llori Kolo Toure and Victor Moses will all hope for outings as Rodgers gives his players a rest after a busy festive period.
Sunderland will be out to avoid a shock when they face northern rivals Carlisle at the Stadium of Light. Gus Poyet is set to rotate his side following a busy run of games that saw his team play seven times in December and his set to give a debut to new signing Marcos Alonso.
Nottingham Forest, who have beaten promotion rivals Leeds and QPR at home in recent weeks, take on Premier League strugglers West Ham in a game that has upset written all over it while league two side Plymouth will hope for a similar result when they travel to take on league one side Port Vale.