There aren’t too many big games in the Third Round. Some of the lower league clubs have been drawn against each other, but the Premier League big boys have stayed away from one another. 


Not traditionally a great draw, but if you’re looking for teams that are going to go on and win it, teams in the middle of the Premier League will see this as an opportunity to get some silverware in the cabinet. 

I’m talking about the likes of Everton – they’d love to win it. So could Leicester City again. I think Arsenal will have a real eye on it. 

Mikel Arteta has had a fantastic run recently of no losses in 10, then they slipped up a little of the last few weeks – but the FA Cup is a welcome relief and a good distraction from the Premier League. I think Arsenal can go far. West Ham United might also have an eye on it. 

With the strength they’ve got in their squad, Liverpool can field a very, very strong second team – as can Manchester City and Chelsea. 

Manchester United will look at it as well, especially because of the new people in their staff. Ralf Rangnick will be looking at the FA Cup as a possibility of putting silverware in the trophy cabinet. 

All the big boys will be there or thereabout.

For winners, I’m going to go with Liverpool. Liverpool winners of the FA Cup. Their squad is very strong, and Jurgen Klopp knows that the fans are desperate to have a good FA Cup run. Traditionally the cup hasn’t been great for Liverpool, but I think this year it could be slightly different. 

Outsiders, I’m going to go with Manchester United. 


My bets for the FA Cup third round are…

I’m going to go big with the fixtures, so I’ll go with West Ham United to beat Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa really needs something, but I think David Moyes will think this is a great opportunity to claim some silverware, especially with the team he’s got at the minute. 

Manchester United vs Aston Villa. Steven Gerard would love to turn over Manchester United, but I just can’t see it. He’s got a job to do at Villa, keeping them in the division and trying to nick a European place, and I think that will take priority. 

I’ll go with Manchester United to beat Aston Villa. They need to win something. 

West Bromwich Albion vs Brighton & Hove Albion. I think this can be the upset of the draw. West Brom are home, and I think they’re going to nick it and possibly nick it by one single goal. So I’m going to go with West Brom to beat Brighton. 

Jason McAteer Special

Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United all to win in 90 minutes in 3rd round of FA Cup at 33/4 (9.25).


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