By William Hill
Last Updated: 3rd January 2020
This season’s FA Cup third round brings with it a host of fixtures to get stuck into with 44 Premier League and Championship sides preparing to join the 20 winners from the previous round.
We preview some of the key ties to watch out for.
Man City to sail to victory against Port Vale
One of Saturday’s late kick-offs, a visit from Port Vale to the Etihad should be a rather straightforward affair for Manchester City. We can expect boss Pep Guardiola to ring the changes before taking on the mid-table League Two side, but City understandably are still gigantic 1/50 favourites. That said, there are still markets to choose from that can prove lucrative. While it’s hard to say who will be playing up front for the Citizens, over 5.5 goals at Evens looks to be the best of the bets for a match that should see the Premier League side fill their boots.
Leicester won’t be dethroned at King Power
While this isn’t quite as comprehensive on paper as City against Port Vale, there is little to suggest that the odds-on 1/8 favourites Leicester shouldn’t make light work of Wigan. One of the best things about the Foxes’ performance this season has been their outstanding work in defence, while the Latics bring with them the joint-lowest scoring attack in the Championship. They have scored less times than the number of matches they have played, with a return of 24 goals from 26 games. Wigan to register under 0.5 goals can be backed at 10/11.
Spurs could be felled by familiar face Woodgate
Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate scored the winner in Tottenham’s last trophy win, when they beat Chelsea to lift the League Cup in 2008, and now he’ll attempt to send them crashing out of the FA Cup. Boro should be full of confidence as they host a Tottenham side who not only lost to Southampton last time out, but also picked up a couple of injuries. Jose Mourinho’s honeymoon period appears to have come to an abrupt halt and this looks the most likely giant killing of the third round. At 17/4 for a Middlesbrough victory, it could pay dividends.
Forest to suffer between the sticks at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea will have taken confidence from recent wins against both Spurs and Arsenal, with the side displaying bouts of brilliance going forward this campaign. Nottingham Forest lost to Chelsea at this very stage last season and will not have been best pleased to have drawn them again, though a trip to Stamford Bridge will be made the most of by the fans. They come into this game off the back of a 3-2 win over Blackburn in midweek but the likes of Michy Batshuayi and winger Pedro, who should come into the Blues team, will be too much for Forest to handle here. The latter is available at a tasty 5/1 to find the back of the net first.