2017-18 FA Cup Third round: Sunday

After a Saturday full of drama including Coventry City’s 2-1 win over Stoke City – which ended Mark Hughes’ reign as Stoke’s manager, Sunday sees some tasty looking cupsets.

First up is Leeds’ trip to League Two’s Newport County before West Ham of Premier League visit Shrewsbury Town, who are fighting for promotion to Championship. 

Tottenham Hotspur then host AFC Wimbledon in an untelevised game at Wembley. 

Finally, Arsenal faces a tough trip to Nottingham Forest, who need a cup run as they fight relegation to League One.


Newport County vs Leeds United (12pm – BBC1 Wales)

Leeds United are currently fighting for promotion to the Premier League, so won’t want to be on end of a cupset here.

There has only been one previous meeting in this competition between these sides, in 1947 when Newport won 3-1 at Elland Road. 

Two of Leeds’ FA Cup exits this decade has come against teams from the fourth tier or lower, particularly against Sutton last season. 

These teams met in August in the Carabao Cup with Leeds winning 5-1, courtesy of Kemar Roofe.

Leeds United striker – Kemar Roofe will be hoping to continue his hot form against Newport County.
Roofe himself has a good record against Newport, scoring four goals and making an assist. 

For that reason, I expect the Championship side to comfortably win this if field a strong team.

Prediction: Newport County 0-3 Leeds United 

Result: Newport County 2-1 Leeds United 


Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United (2:00pm – BBC1)

David Moyes will be aiming to avoid a third consecutive FA Cup exit at this stage, having lost here with Sunderland (2016-17) and Manchester United (2013-14).

David Moyes
David Moyes is aiming to avoid a third consecutive exit at this stage of FA Cup.
He however is expected to name a weakened team, having had to play a rescheduled league match on Thursday.

There is no cup history here but there has been four league meetings in the old division two.

Both teams took two wins apiece in that division, making this evenly poised. 

Shrewsbury has only reached this stage once in last 14 years, whilst the Hammers have lost at this point five times already this decade. 

In terms of prediction, if the Londoners field a weakened squad, expect a cupset but I am going for a tight draw. 

Prediction: Shrewsbury Town 1-1 West Ham United 

Result: Shrewsbury Town 0-0 West Ham United


Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon (3:00pm – Untelevised)

Mauricio Pochettino is set to ring the changes for this match, with Fernando Llorente and Juan Foyth coming in. 

With this being at Wembley, Spurs’ past home stats aren’t really relevant but Wimbledon won on their last trip here – 2016 League Two Play Off final.

There isn’t any history here but I fancy Spurs to ease through regardless anyway.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 AFC Wimbledon

Result: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 AFC Wimbledon 


Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal (4:00pm – BT Sport 2)

Given history in this competition between these sides, this could well decide the destination of the FA Cup.

These teams have met twice in this competition before, with Arsenal winning both and going on to finish as FA Cup champions those seasons. 

Nottingham Forest however have kept eight clean sheets from last 12 home matches in FA Cup. 

Arsene Wenger used to have a habit of fielding mainly kids against non top flight teams in cups, so if he does same here then I can see a Forest win.

Recent seasons however has seen him field strong teams in all competitions so am backing a Gunners victory. 

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 0-3 Arsenal

Result: Nottingham Forest 4-2 Arsenal



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