5th June 2020



4th January 2015

The Third round of this year's FA Cup has thrown up precious few shocks ahead of the two Monday night games. The draw for the fourth round is on BBC at 7.30 ahead of the AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool tie.

Stoke were given a mighty fright by non-league Wrexham though, who led at the Britannia with 17 minutes left. A late rally saw the Potteries side score three including a brace from sub Steven Ireland.

Arsenal had fewer problems in the end running out comfortable 2-0 winners over last years beaten finalists Hull.

Aston Villa left it late before a Benteke goal saw off a battling Championship side Blackpool.

Yeovil may be foot of the League 1 table but they kept Manchester United at bay in a dull first half at Huish Park. United strolled to a comfortable win in the end though.

Chelsea and Sunderland both made home advantage pay with wins over Watford and Leeds from the Championship.

Southampton scrambled a 1-1 draw at home to high flying Ipswich to leave a replay - just one of four so far.Man City came from behind to grab a late winner against Sheffield Weds.

With three ties to go (AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool, Burnley v Spurs and Everton v West Ham) only QPR of the Premier League have fallen to a lower league side - thrashed 3-0 at Loftus Road by Sheffield United. Newcastle who lost to Leicester and Hull who lost to Arsenal are the only other Premier League sides out although we will lose at least two more from the last three ties.

The results have hardly impacted on the market to lift the trophy - Chelsea are 9/2 (Betway), Man City 5s (gen), Man United 6s (Corals), Arsenal 7s (32Red) and Liverpool 10s (Ladbrokes).

A more interesting market might be the furthest progressing Fotball League side - Skybet go 22/1 about Birmingham - who showed great resiliance to come from 2-0 down at Blyth, are in great form, and with luck in the draw might progress - they look better value than 8/1 Bournemouth or Middlesborough who might have bigger promotion priorities.

Joe Ross