Forget about winning streaks, relegation and promotion, football’s oldest club competition dominates the footballing agenda this weekend.
Yes indeed, it’s the Third round of the FA Cup. You can almost taste the excitement in the air as the most magical competition in football welcomes teams from the top two tiers into the mix.
You can always rely on the cup to offer up drama, usually in the form of a giant killing. Find out where we think the upsets are coming from this year with this punchy 70/1 treble.
To get you in the mood for the FA Cup, we’ve put together some of our favourite moments from Third round history.
Newcastle v Stevenage, 2011
Newcastle were a Premier League side in 2011 when they were humbled by Stevenage. The League Two side fully deserved their 3-1 win and benefited from lackluster Newcastle defending, as well as a peach from Michael Bostwick. Joey Barton’s 30 yarder, was no more than a consolation, is also worth a look.
Newcastle are 5/6 favs to advance against Birmingham this time around.
Man United v Leeds United, 2010
League One Leeds, made their return to Old Trafford as huge underdogs in this Third round fixture. Leeds fans were sent into paradise on 18 minutes after Jermaine Beckford latched onto a long ball and squeezed a goal in from a narrow angle. The most remarkable aspect of the Leeds victory is that they managed to hang on for another 75 minutes without conceding.
United welcome back old friend Jaap Stam on Saturday, when he takes his Reading side to Old Trafford.
Shrewsbury v Everton, 2003
Former Shrewsbury player, David Moyes brought his Everton side to Shrewsbury expecting a handy path into the Fourth round.
The Toffees side featured a 17 year old Wayne Rooney but his raw talent wasn’t enough to stop the Shrews and Nigel Jemson, who scored two goals on the day. This free kick was the pick of Jemson’s goals and nearly killed Richard Wright who clattered into the post in his effort to save the shot.