FA Cup Third Round Saturday preview

Third round Saturday is one of the key dates in the English footballing calendar and there are some terrific games in the 2018 edition.

For the first time in over 50 years, there are no non-league clubs left in the third round – so the lowest ranking side left in the competition is Yeovil Town – 20th in League Two – they entertain Bradford City.

There are 15 Premier League clubs playing on Saturday – including last year’s runners-up Chelsea, who go to Norwich, and competition favourites Manchester City who welcome Premier League rivals Burnley to the Etihad.

See below for a preview on each game, including predictions from our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

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Fleetwood Town 12:45 Leicester City
Highbury Stadium

MATCH ODDS: Fleetwood 11/2 Draw 16/5 Leicester 4/7
bet365 Pick: Leicester and under 2.5 goals @3/1
GRAEME SAYS: First game of the day and I can see an upset…2-1

Middlesbrough 13:00 Sunderland
Riverside Stadium

MATCH ODDS: Boro 13/20 Draw 3/1 Sunderland 5/1
bet365 Pick: Boro to win 1-0 @5/1
GRAEME SAYS: Boro have had the better in these derbies recently, and will again…2-0

Aston Villa 15:00 Peterborough United
Villa Park

MATCH ODDS: Villa 4/6 Draw 3/1 Peterborough 19/4
bet365 Pick: Peteborough double chance @5/4
GRAEME SAYS: Tough game for Villa, but they should come through 2-0

Birmingham City 15:00 Burton Albion
St Andrews

MATCH ODDS: Birmingham 23/20 Draw 5/2 Burton 13/5
bet365 Pick: Under 1.5 goals @13/8
GRAEME SAYS: Could very well need a replay to decide this one…1-1

Blackburn Rovers 15:00 Hull City
Ewood Park

MATCH ODDS: Blackburn 5/4 Draw 5/2 Hull 12/5
bet365 Pick: Draw @5/2
GRAEME SAYS: Close game but Blackburn should benefit from home advantage…1-0

Bolton Wanderers 15:00 Huddersfield Town
Macron Stadium

MATCH ODDS: Bolton 23/10 Draw 12/5 Huddersfield 27/20
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @4/6
GRAEME SAYS: Premier League class will win out here, easy away win…0-3

AFC Bournemouth 15:00 Wigan Athletic
Vitality Stadium

MATCH ODDS: Bournemouth 17/20 Draw 14/5 Wigan 7/2
bet365 Pick: Wigan double chance @19/20
GRAEME SAYS: Bournemouth will get through this, being at home…2-0

Brentford 15:00 Notts County
Griffin Park

MATCH ODDS: Brentford 1/2 Draw 7/2 Notts C 13/2
bet365 Pick: Notts C win @13/2
GRAEME SAYS: Brentford will be too strong for County…2-1

Cardiff City 15:00 Mansfield Town
Cardiff City Stadium

MATCH ODDS: Cardiff 3/5 Draw 16/5 Mansfield 5/1
bet365 Pick: Mansfield +1 @11/8
GRAEME SAYS: Cardiff not in great form could slip up in this one…0-2

Carlisle United 15:00 Sheffield Wednesday
Brunton Park

MATCH ODDS: Carlisle 10/3 Draw 13/5 Sheff Wed 19/20
bet365 Pick: Draw @13/5
GRAEME SAYS: Wednesday should be too strong for Carlisle…1-3

Coventry City 15:00 Stoke City
Ricoh Arena

MATCH ODDS: Coventry 4/1 Draw 3/1 Stoke 8/11
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score @10/11
GRAEME SAYS: Can’t see Coventry holding Stoke, narrow away win…1-2

Doncaster Rovers 15:00 Rochdale
Keepmoat Stadium

MATCH ODDS: Doncaster 23/20 Draw 5/2 Rochdale 13/5
bet365 Pick: Doncaster @23/20
GRAEME SAYS: Doncaster will book a place in the fourth round here…2-0

Exeter City 15:00 West Bromwich Albion
St James’s Park

MATCH ODDS: Exeter 4/1 Draw 3/1 WBA 8/11
bet365 Pick: West Brom @8/11
GRAEME SAYS: Never easy going to Exeter, but Albion should do enough…0-2

Fulham 15:00 Southampton
Craven Cottage

MATCH ODDS: Fulham 2/1 Draw 5/2 Southampton 29/20
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score @8/13
GRAEME SAYS: Tough game, with both teams not in great form but I can see a little shock…2-1

Ipswich Town 15:00 Sheffield United
Portman Road

MATCH ODDS: Ipswich 11/5 Draw 12/5 Sheff Utd 11/8
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @4/5
GRAEME SAYS: Close game but will go with Ipswich being at home…2-0

Manchester City 15:00 Burnley
Etihad Stadium

MATCH ODDS: Man City 2/11 Draw 15/2 Burnley 16/1
bet365 Pick: Man City win and Under 3.5 goals @11/10
GRAEME SAYS: Have to go with City without too much trouble…3-1

Millwall 15:00 Barnsley
The New Den

MATCH ODDS: Millwall 19/20 Draw 13/5 Barnsley 16/5
bet365 Pick: Millwall @19/20
GRAEME SAYS: Another close looking tie but will side with Barnsley here…1-2

Newcastle United 15:00 Luton Town
St James’ Park

MATCH ODDS: Newcastle 1/2 Draw 15/4 Luton 6/1
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score @4/5
GRAEME SAYS: Has to be a home win here…2-0

Queens Park Rangers 15:00 Milton Keynes Dons
Loftus Road

MATCH ODDS: QPR 3/4 Draw 14/5 MK Dons 17/4
bet365 Pick: MK Dons +1 @11/10
GRAEME SAYS: I think QPR will have too much for MK here, comfortable home win…3-1

Stevenage 15:00 Reading
Broadhall Way

MATCH ODDS: Stevenage 3/1 Draw 13/5 Reading Evs
bet365 Pick: Stevenage @3/1
GRAEME SAYS: I don’t see an upset here, away win…0-2

Watford 15:00 Bristol City
Vicarage Road

MATCH ODDS: Watford 1/2 Draw 17/5 Bristol City 13/2
bet365 Pick: Watford to win to nil @7/5
GRAEME SAYS: Close game and I can see a replay being needed…2-2

Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00 Swansea City

MATCH ODDS: Wolves 7/10 Draw 14/5 Swansea 19/4
bet365 Pick: Wolves to win @7/10
GRAEME SAYS: The better team will win this, and that is Wolves…2-0

Wycombe Wanderers 15:00 Preston North End
Adams Park

MATCH ODDS: Wycombe 16/5 Draw 13/5 Preston 19/20
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @19/20
GRAEME SAYS: Close game but I think Wycombe might claim a replay…1-1

Yeovil Town 15:00 Bradford City
Huish Park

MATCH ODDS: Yeovil 4/1 Draw 29/10 Bradford 3/4
bet365 Pick: Bradford to win @3/4
GRAEME SAYS: Bradford should be too good for Yeovil…1-2

Norwich City 17:30 Chelsea
Carrow Road

MATCH ODDS: Norwich 13/2 Draw 7/2 Chelsea 1/2
bet365 Pick: Chelsea to win and Under 2.5 goals @11/4
GRAEME SAYS: This could be close and we could be seeing a Stamford Bridge replay…1-1

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