And so it begins… the 2017 version of the oldest association football competition really gets underway this weekend as Premier League and Championship clubs enter the fray in the FA Cup Third Round.
Now we won’t lie to you, the draw is a bit meh! But, we like nothing more than seeing a good shock on the cards and we’ve managed to pick out three tasty chances of upsets for you that could potentially deliver for you at a whopping 70/1.
They say good things come in threes and with 34% of Premier League sides failing to beat lower league opposition in the Third Round since 2011, we think we’re in with more than a shout. Let’s talk you through our picks.
After seeing off Southend and minnows Braintree Town in previous rounds, 2004 finalists Millwall welcome Bournemouth to the Den on Saturday.
The Lions have a history of knocking out opposition from the top division of English football in recent times, taking out then Premier League outfit Aston Villa in 2013. Millwall also boast a roaring home record, losing just six of their 31 games there in 2016.
For Eddie Howe’s men, securing Premier League survival will most certainly be the priority over a cup run, and he will likely rest most of the side that played in Tuesday’s epic 3-3 draw with Arsenal. Don’t be surprised if the Lions pounce for a victory at .
Eagles boss Sam Allardyce returns to the ground where he made his managerial name this weekend, hoping Bolton won’t be terrible hosts.
The former one-game England boss has a heck of a job on his hands as he tries to fix an apparently broken Crystal Palace side. Tuesday’s loss to fellow strugglers Swansea even had him admitting that he was in for “a bigger challenge now after three games” than he’d expected at Selhurst Park.
January’s transfer window will tell a lot for how his London adventure pans out, but League One promotion chasers Bolton won’t be rolling out the red carpet for Big Sam. They’ve won their last 10 at home and don’t be surprised if they clip the Eagles wings even further at .
This is probably the most difficult tie to call because for both teams the league has to be where their minds are focused.
Boro have just managed to squeeze out a four point gap from the Premier League’s relegation zone and Wednesday are themselves involved in a right scrap for the Play-Off places in the Championship, do either really want a cup odyssey to distract them?
On form though the Sheffield outfit come into the game unbeaten in five outings, while Middlesbrough have managed just a single victory in their past five. So a slight shock at here might well tickle your fancy.