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  • Chris Sobey


FA Cup action returns this weekend and it’s the third round knockout stage. West Ham and Manchester City get the action underway tonight at the London Stadium in one of four all-Premier League club encounters, and the Citizens are clear favourites to progress to the fourth round. Manchester United get Saturday's action underway at lunchtime against Reading. United are clear favourites to win and should progress to the next round, but I expect Reading will put up a decent challenge and it should be an entertaining encounter as both teams are in decent form at present.

Struggling Crystal Palace, who have not won their last six league matches, face a tough trip to Greater Manchester where they will face one of Sam Allardyce’s former clubs, League Two second place Bolton. The Trotters have won their last seven home matches and will definitely be confident and up for it today, so it’s worth siding with them on the handicap or laying Bolton on the exchanges.

Everton will be a popular choice on many people's coupons today in an all-Premier League clash at home to Leicester; new Hull Manager Marco Silva is thrown straight in at the deep end today and will attempt to mastermind a much-needed win in front of an expectant home crowd against fellow Premier League strugglers Swansea and the one other all-Premier League clash today is between Sunderland and Burnley at the Stadium of Light. Other Premier League clubs in action today are Bournemouth, who travel to South London to face Millwall at the Den; Southampton travel to the East Coast to face Norwich at Carrow Road, Stoke welcome Wolves to the Britannia Stadium, Watford face Burton at Vicarage Road, West Brom face an in-form Derby County at the Hawthorns and Arsenal travel to Preston for the tea-time kick-off.

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