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  • Chris Sobey


The weekends domestic football action gets underway this evening with two Championship games. Second place Cardiff face mid-table Norwich at the Cardiff City Stadium and as Cardiff have only lost one of their last ten at home, winning six, they will be confident of extending their unbeaten run tonight and keeping the pressure on leaders Wolves who don’t play until Monday when they travel to Birmingham for a big local derby. Tonight’s other game is between eighth place Leeds and the in form fourth place Aston Villa at Elland Road. This should be a close encounter between two talented teams and on current form Villa look like they may have the edge as they’ve lost only three of their last ten away from home, winning five including their last two against Preston and QPR.

The second round of the FA Cup involving non league and league one and two teams also takes place this weekend as well with one game tonight between Flyde and Wigan at Mill Farm and plenty of action on Saturday and Sunday. Non league outfits Hereford and Maidstone the only two non league teams featuring on Saturday both face stiff tests away at Fleetwood and MK Dons and will do well to achieve replay’s never minding reaching the third round at the first time of asking.

The weekends Premier League action gets underway at lunchtime with Chelsea facing Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge and its hard to see Newcastle leaving South London with anything to cheer about considering their recent form. The game of the weekend is of course the Saturday tea time encounter between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates and as ever it’s a tough result to call as both teams have experienced equal success over the last ten corresponding fixtures winning four each, but the Gunners have won the last two and will be encouraged by their impressive recent win against Spurs in the league.

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