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Blackburn v Manchester City
The glitz and the glamour. The meat pies, the Bovril and the drama. Yes folks it's FA Cup third round time again and what a match to kick things off on Saturday. I expect Man City to make wholesale changes when they make the short trip to Blackburn but Manuel Pellegrini's men should still be too strong for Rovers, who last won the famous old trophy in 1928. Edin Dzeko should start for Citeh and if he does, 4/1 about him scoring first here looks a fair price.
Betting: Dzeko to score first at 4/1 (Bet Victor)

Aston Villa v Sheffield United
Given their rather precarious league position, Villa may field an understrength side here and if they do, the Blades may well cash in. They may be toiling at the wrong end of League One these days but they should be bang up for this and they may just have enough about them to bring the tie back to Bramall Lane.
Betting: Draw at 4/1 (Bet 365)

Barnsley v Coventry City
Sick of the 9-5 daily grind of full-time employment? The best way to get out of the rat race and make money without putting the graft in is surely to court and eventually marry the Queen. The second best might be to back Coventry here. Barnsley have not won at home since October 19 and are p*ss poor.
Betting: Coventry City to win at 21/10 (Sky Bet)

Everton v QPR
Having won the FA Cup with Wigan last season Bobby Martinez will surely give the old trophy the respect it deserves in terms of his team sheet but 'Arry Redders will also be keen to see how his current side measure up against Premier League opposition. With this in mind I reckon I'll be having a large slice of Everton to win this by a solitary goal in what should be a decent contest.
Betting: Everton to win by one goal at 13/5 (Ladbrokes)

Middlesbrough v Hull
Again, team news will be vital here but if, as expected, Hull make wholesale changes then anyone getting better than 6/4 about the home win here will be doing well. Boro are flying at the minute and new boss Aitor Karanka has got them playing football the right way.
Betting: Middlesbrough to win at 31/20 (bet365)

Newcastle v Cardiff City
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken the Cardiff gig and his first assignment is a tough one up on Tyneside. The dream scenario for me here is for Vincent Tan to get tanked up on Broon Ale with Joe Kinnear and then for the pair of them to do a live TV interview (in just their pants). The second best scenario, financially anyway, would be for the Mags to win this 2-1.
Betting: Newcastle to win 2-1 at 8/1 (Ladbrokes)

Arsenal v Tottenham
No doubting the tie of the round and I actually wouldn't put anyone off backing Spurs, given Arsenal's current injury problems. The general consensus is that this will be a free-flowing game with plenty of goals but the hosts are missing a few key men up front and I think 11/8 about at least one of these teams drawing a blank is a fair price.
Betting: Both teams to score - No at 11/8 (Bet Victor)

Liverpool v Oldham
The Latics stunned the Reds in this very competition last term and if you fancy a repeat you can get a whopping 30/1 on the upset at Anfield. A much more likely scenario however is Liverpool exacting their revenge in the form of a good old-fashioned paddling with Luis Suarez the tormentor-in-chief. He's bagged 15 goals in seven home games so far this term and that is a truly outrageous stat. Oldham's dodgy defence should be meat and drink to El Pistolero who looks a marvellous bet at 7/4 to score two or more on Merseyside.
Betting: Suarez to score 2+ goals at 7/4 (Hills)

Manchester United v Swansea
The Red Devils' inability to beat Spurs at home cost me 480 notes on New Year's Day and I've been walking about with a 'MOYES OUT' vest on since Wednesday evening. I wouldn't want to be sticking the mortgage money on them to win this at 4/9 with RVP still missing and worries about Wayne Rooney's fitness either. That said, Boylesports' current even money quote about both teams scoring is a tempter. United clearly are still not a consistently cohesive defensive unit but in Danny Welbeck (five goals in six games) they do have a player who knows his way to goal.
Betting: Both teams to score at evens (Boylesports)

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