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It is down to the final 64 in the FA Cup with third round action set for this weekend. There is one match on Friday as Oldham is at Liverpool, 26 matches on Saturday, four more on Sunday and one on Monday as Leeds visits Arsenal. Of all the 32 matches, the one that is drawing the most attention is Sunday’s Manchester Derby as Manchester United plays at Manchester City.
The football odds on the match between United and City are very close with City a slight favorite. The advantage for City will be playing at home while the advantage for United will be playing with revenge. United was throttled 6-1 back in October at Old Trafford in one of the worst beatings manager Alex Ferguson has ever suffered. Defender Rio Ferdinand, who has returned from injury, said that the loss to City actually has helped United this season.
“I’ll be honest, and it pains me to say it, but it was probably one of the best things that happened to us,” Ferdinand said. “We were playing a very open kind of football, but it made us sit back and think, ‘we’ve got to tighten up all over the pitch.’ If we do that, we have the players to exploit any other team when we go forward.” One of the players that Ferdinand will have to contain is Manchester City’s Yaya Toure who scored another goal on Tuesday in City’s 3-0 win over Liverpool. The star midfielder will be playing on Sunday and then he will leave to play in the African Nations Cup.
Taking a look at the full schedule of third round games this weekend we see that Oldham visits Liverpool on Friday. Saturday’s action has Wolverhampton at Birmingham, Millwall at Dagenham & Redbridge, Swansea City at Barnsley, Wrexham at Brighton, Southampton at Coventry City, Bristol City at Crawley Town, Crystal Palace at Derby County, Notts County at Doncaster Rovers, Tamworth at Everton, Blackpool at Fleetwood Town, Charlton Athletic at Fulham, Stoke City at Gillingham, Ipswich at Hull City, Bolton at Macclesfield Town, Shrewsbury Town at Middlesbrough, Queens Park Rangers at Milton Keynes Dons, Blackburn at Newcastle United, Burnley at Norwich City, Leicester City at Nottingham Forest, Stevenage at Reading, Salisbury City at Sheffield United, Wigan at Swindon Town, Cheltenham Town at Tottenham, Bradford City at Watford, Cardiff City at West Bromwich and Aston Villa at Bristol. Sunday’s matches are Manchester United at Manchester City, Portsmouth at Chelsea, West Ham at Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland at Peterborough United while on Monday it is Leeds at Arsenal.