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FA Cup third round tips: Sunderland can claim bragging rights in Wear-Tyne clash

The oldest national club competition in the world has reached the third round stage with Premier League and Championship clubs entering the fray for the first time.

Four non-league teams have battled through to the final 64 including National League Eastleigh, who are likely to fancy their chances away to League Two Newport.

There are four all Premier League ties, including Sunday’s heavyweight clash between 14-times winners Arsenal and top flight leaders Liverpool.

Dan Childs’ FA Cup third round tips

Sunderland to beat Newcastle @ 16/5
Eastleigh or draw double chance vs Newport @ 21/20

Sunderland v Newcastle

Sunderland to win @ 16/5

WhatSunderland v Newcastle
WhereStadium of Light, Sunderland
When12:45 Saturday 6th January 2023
How to watchITV1
OddsSunderland 16/5, Draw 16/5, Newcastle 8/11

The first Tyne-Wear derby since 2016 has been eagerly anticipated and it could go the way of the Championship hosts, who are making some good progress under recently installed manager Michael Beale.

Sunderland have risen to sixth in the second tier after taking seven points from three games and they will be relishing the opportunity to take on injury-ravaged Newcastle, who have tasted defeat in five of their last six Premier League fixtures.

Sunderland triumphed 3-0 over Newcastle in the last Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light (October, 2015), and they look decent value 16/5 shots to get the win this weekend.

The Black Cats have won eight of 13 second tier home games this season and they look tough opposition for Newcastle, who have won just two of 15 away fixtures this season.

Newport v Eastleigh

Eastleigh or draw double chance @ 21/20 

WhatEastleigh v Newport
WhereRodney Parade, Newport
When15:00 Saturday 6th January 2023
OddsNewport 8/11, Draw 3/1, Eastleigh 10/3

Eastleigh were surprise 2-1 winners at home to League One Reading in the FA Cup second round and they can cause some problems for League Two strugglers Newport at Rodney Parade.

The Spitfires are 11th in the National League but they have lost only two of their last 11 fixtures and will be eyeing up a positive result in south Wales.

Eastleigh delivered one of the shocks of the second round and they look solid 21/20 shots to secure at least a replay from their trip to Newport, who are 18th in League Two.

Omar Bogle’s muscle strain is the latest blow for threadbare Newport, who needed two matches to see off fifth tier Barnet in the previous round.

Newport were held 1-1 at fourth tier strugglers Sutton United on New Year’s Day and they may struggle to justify odds-on favouritism this weekend.

Dan Childs’ FA Cup third round tips

Sunderland to beat Newcastle @ 16/5
Eastleigh or draw double chance vs Newport @ 21/20

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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