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FA Cup third-round teams news

Previews of all 32 games taking place over the weekend as the clubs from the top two teams join the competition

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotpsur, 5.15pm Saturday 4 January

Venue Emirates Stadium

Ref M Clattenburg

Odds Arsenal 9-10 Tottenham 3-1 Draw 5-2

Delicacy underpins the derby's blood and thunder. Arsène Wenger wants to rest players yet he dare not overdo it. Momentum can be fragile and a Cup exit can hurt (remember Blackburn last season?). Tim Sherwood is similarly keen to build, having started well at Tottenham. This one means so much.

Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City, 12.45pm Saturday 4 January

Venue Ewood Park

Ref M Oliver

Odds Blackburn 12-1 Man City 3-10 Draw 5-1

Blackburn are on their fourth manager since Manchester City last visited in 2011 to record a comfortable 4-0 league win, though Gary Bowyer has actually been in his present position longer than Manuel Pellegrini. Relative stability has not done Rovers any harm, they are within reach of a play-off position, though City going out at Ewood would represent the biggest FA Cup shock since, er, last season's Wembley final.

Charlton Athletic v Oxford United, 3pm Saturday 4 January

Postponed – waterlogged pitch. The match will now be played on Wednesday 8 January

Liverpool v Oldham Athletic, 3pm Sunday 5 January

Venue Anfield

Ref S Attwell

Odds Liverpool 1-7 Oldham 28-1 Draw 9-1

The clubs meet for the third successive season in the FA Cup and Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to repeat the mistakes that contributed to Liverpool's demise in the last encounter, a 3-2 defeat when his makeshift defence was overpowered by Matt Smith. Oldham have only four players remaining from that fourth-round win and their new intake includes the Liverpool manager's son, Anton.

Newcastle United v Cardiff City, 3pm Saturday 4 January

Venue St James' Park

Ref A Taylor

Odds Newcastle 8-11 Cardiff 9-2 Draw 14-5

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer begins a new life managing Cardiff – if not their autocratic owner, Vincent Tan – on Tyneside. While the cup is hardly top priority for the relegation-threatened visitors, Newcastle are capable of beating anyone and would relish a Wembley final in May. Expect Hatem Ben Arfa to start – and shine.

Southampton v Burnley, 3pm Saturday 4 January

Venue St Mary's Stadium

Ref R Madley

Odds Southampton 4-7 Burnley 6-1 Draw 3-1

Burnley sit second in the Championship and promotion must surely be their priority but if they go for it, they just might take Southampton's scalp. But, with injuries and defeats offsetting a strong start to the season, Southampton may now reason that the FA Cup is their most likely route to glory and European qualification this year.

Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers, 3pm Saturday 4 January

Postponed – waterlogged pitch. The second-round replay will now be played on Wednesday 8 January.

More to follow …


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