The third round of the FA Cup gets well and truly underway on Saturday with no less than 26 ties taking place, with Liverpool v Oldham, Newcastle v Blackburn and Tottenham in action,with Paddy Power and Ladbrokes bookmakers takin bets on Chelsea in the betting.
There there is plenty of potential for some trademark slip ups and bigger sides crashing out against lower league opposition.
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Perhaps the most attractive tie of the day comes courtesy of Blackburn’s trip to the Sports Direct Arena to take on Newcastle.
Alan Pardew’s side go into the game fresh off the back of their best performance of the season in their 3-0 win over Manchester United to put their campaign for a top six finish back on track, while Blackburn continue to struggle at the foot of the table following their 2-1 defeat against Stoke.
In what should be a feisty encounter in the West Midlands, Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wonderers will look for a distraction from their relegation battle when they take on local rivals Birmingham City.
City have slowly but surely adapted to life in the Championship after a sluggish start and could pose a threat to a Wolves side that remain without influential midfielder Jamie O’Hara, who is still sidelined with a groin complaint.
In what should be another charged encounter, Leicester take on Nottingham Forest having both disappointed in the first half of the Championship season.
Both sides would have had high hopes of at least making the play-offs but with both losing their managers they started the season with, while Forest managed to find the net for the first time in ten hours in a rare victory against Ipswich last weekend.
The David v Goliath story of the day could come from Everton’s game against minnows Tamworth, who will be hoping to take advantage of the problems that currently surround the Toffees.
Tottenham will be aiming to do their excellent record in the FA Cup justice when they take on Cheltenham at White Hart Lane with boss Harry Redknapp expected to be without William Gallas and Sandro for the game after the pair limped off in the 1-0 over West Brom.
In the remaining pick of the games West Brom play hosts to Premier League hopefuls Cardiff, Wigan face a potential banana-skin tie against Swindon, manager-less Bristol Rovers will hope to upset the odds against Aston Villa, and Norwich play hosts to Burnley at Carrow Road.