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FA Cup third round preview, score predictions

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All 20 Premier League teams, and all 24 Championship teams, enter the FA Cup at the third round stage, with 32 ties to be played over the next few days in the oldest knockout competition in the world.

This is wonderful.

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There are plenty of potential banana skins for PL clubs to negotiate, while plenty of the big boys could be upset as they plan to rest key players after a busy festive period in league play.

The tie of the round is undoubtedly a massive Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on Friday, while Brighton hosting Crystal Palace is another big rivalry game between PL clubs.

Leicester City, West Ham, Stoke, Southampton, Swansea, Huddersfield, Watford, Bournemouth, Newcastle and West Brom will all be on red alert as they take on lower league opponents, while Tottenham, Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal are expected to breeze through.

Below is a look at the schedule in full (all kicks off are at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, unless otherwise stated) while I make my score prediction for each game as we always see plenty of upsets in this round.

Expect the unexpected.

2:55 p.m. ET: Liverpool vs. Everton (JPW’s pick = 2-1 to Liverpool)
3 p.m. ET: Manchester United vs. Derby (JPW’s pick = 3-1 to Man United)

7:45 a.m. ET: Fleetwood Town vs. Leicester (JPW’s pick = Fleetwood to win, 1-0)
8 a.m. ET: Middlesbrough vs. Sunderland (JPW’s pick = 1-1 draw)

Ipswich vs. Sheffield United (JPW’s pick = 2-0 to Sheffield United)
Watford vs. Bristol City (JPW’s pick = 2-1 to Bristol City)
Birmingham vs. Burton Albion (JPW’s pick = 2-1 to Birmingham)
Aston Villa vs. Peterborough (JPW’s pick = 2-0 to Aston Villa)
Bournemouth vs. Wigan (JPW’s pick = 2-1 to Wigan)
Coventry vs. Stoke (JPW’s pick = 1-1 draw)
Bolton vs. Huddersfield (JPW’s pick = 2-1 to Bolton)
Yeovil vs Bradford (JPW’s pick = 1-0 to Bradford)
Brentford vs. Notts County (JPW’s pick = 2-1 to Notts County)
QPR vs. MK Dons (JPW’s pick = 2-0 to QPR)
Exeter vs. West Brom (JPW’s pick = 2-1 to Exeter)
Doncaster Rovers vs. Rochdale (JPW’s pick = 2-1 to Rochdale)
Blackburn vs. Hull (JPW’s pick = 3-1 to Hull)
Cardiff vs. Mansfield (JPW’s pick = 2-0 to Cardiff)
Manchester City vs. Burnley (JPW’s pick = 1-0 to Man City)
Wolves vs. Swansea (JPW’s pick = 2-0 to Wolves)
Stevenage vs. Reading (JPW’s pick = 2-1 to Stevenage)
Newcastle vs. Luton (JPW’s pick = 2-0 to Newcastle)
Millwall vs. Barnsley (JPW’s pick = 3-1 to Millwall)
Fulham vs. Southampton (JPW’s pick = 2-1 to Southampton)
Carlisle vs. Sheffield Wednesday (JPW’s pick = 2-0 to Carlisle)
Wycombe vs. Preston (JPW’s pick = 3-1 to Preston)
12:30 p.m. ET: Norwich vs. Chelsea (JPW’s pick = 3-0 to Chelsea)

7 a.m. ET: Newport vs. Leeds (JPW’s pick = 2-1 to Leeds)
9 a.m. ET: Shrewsbury vs. West Ham (JPW’s pick = 1-1 draw)
Tottenham vs. AFC Wimbledon (JPW’s pick = 4-1 to Tottenham)
11 a.m. ET: Nottingham Forest vs. Arsenal (JPW’s pick = 3-0 to Arsenal)

2:45 p.m ET: Brighton vs. Crystal Palace (JPW’s pick = 2-0 to Palace)

Video: Fekir’s brilliant free kick has Lyon leading PSG

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Paris-Saint Germain has established itself as one of Europe’s best sides, but their opponent on Sunday isn’t playing scared against Neymar and Co.

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Lyon has taken a 1-0 lead inside the opening two minutes against the Parisians after a stunning free kick by Nabil Fekir caught PSG keeper Alphonse Aréola off his line.

The hosts could move all the way up to second place today with a victory over PSG, who holds the league lead in Ligue 1 with a nine-point advantage.

The 24-year-old Fekir has been a revelation for Lyon in his fifth season with the club, scoring his 19th goal in all competitions on Sunday.

That total has already surpassed his career-high from the 2014/15 season, when he eclipsed 15 goals.

USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie injured in Schalke draw

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Look away, U.S. Men’s National Team fans.

American and Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie was forced out of Sunday’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw against Hanover 96 after the 19-year-old collided with Felix Kraus.

McKennie, who entered the match in the 62nd minute for Leon Goretzka, managed to stay on the field for nearly 20 minutes before being substituted out.

To this point there has been no indication that the young USMNT player’s injury is serious.

More to follow…

Watford announces Gracia as Silva replacement

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Watford’s replacement for fired manager Marco Silva is indeed veteran Spanish boss Javi Gracia.

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The Hornets announced the 47-year-old’s hiring on Sunday, hours after firing Silva and blaming Everton’s pursuit of the manager for the club’s fall from European contender to the fringe of a relegation battle.

Watford is still four points clear of the drop following Southampton’s draw with Spurs on Sunday.

Gracia led Malaga to eighth and ninth place finishes in La Liga between 2014-16 before spending last season at Rubin Kazan.

Gracia, 47, has led promotion campaigns in Spain and has plenty of experience with perceived smaller clubs battling the drop zone.

Watford will hope the Hornets don’t reach that point after flirting with the Top Seven for the first quarter of the Premier League season.

Pochettino on sloppy Spurs draw, dismisses Malcom “rumor”

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Mauricio Pochettino knows St. Mary’s well, and the ex-Southampton boss has managed a rainy, sloppy match or three there in the past.

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So he knows it’s possible to play well in those circumstances, leaving him feeling like Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-1 draw at Southampton on Sunday was a wasted opportunity against a struggling Saints side.

“It is temporary that Southampton are in the relegation zone, for sure they will push up the table,” Pochettino said. “It is two points we are going to miss at the end of the season because it is so tough between six or seven teams.”

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So why couldn’t Spurs find their foothold? Well, aside from sickness keeping Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris out of the lineup, a bug that may’ve affected more on the team, Spurs just weren’t up to snuff.

“We struggled to play,” Pochettino said. “It was in possession, we made mistakes which allowed them to play. To win the game we should do better and play better. It wasn’t great.

Pochettino was also asked about Spurs’ reported pursuit of 20-year-old Bordeaux star Malcom, who has seven goals and five assists in Ligue 1 this season.

“That is a rumor and I don’t want to speak about it. I am happy with our squad. We are open to quality players but you know very well it is difficult in this transfer window.”