FA Cup preview: Spurs, Arsenal in 3rd round Sunday

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Three more Premier League sides — a trio of London clubs — enter the 2017-18 FA Cup on Sunday, as Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and West Ham United all face opposition from the lower divisions.

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At Wembley Stadium, it’ll be Tottenham hosting League One side AFC Wimbledon with Mauricio Pochettino‘s side hoping to improve upon last season’s semifinals appearance and go one better. Pochettino is expected to both rotate parts of his thin, heavily worked squad and retain a handful of first-team regulars. Spurs and Wimbledon haven’t played one another since the latter’s rebirth in 2002.

Last season: Spurs — semifinals, lost to Chelsea; Wimbledon — 3rd round, lost to Sutton United

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The defending holders of the FA Cup, Arsenal, will travel north to the East Midlands and take on Championship side (and two-time FA Cup winners — 1898 and 1959) Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. With as many as five first-team regulars (Aaron Ramsey, Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny, Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud) expected to be unavailable through injuries, Arsene Wenger is the PL manager most likely to field a full youth squad this weekend. Arsenal and Forest met in the fourth round of last season’s League Cup, and the Gunners won 4-0.

Last season: Forest — 3rd round, lost to Wigan Athletic; Arsenal — winners, beat Chelsea

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Elsewhere in FA Cup

Shrewsbury Town (League One) vs. West Ham United
Newport County (League Two) vs. Leeds United (Championship)