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Sunday's FA Cup preview: City eye another win over Blues, Leeds fear Cardiff upset

FA Cup third round weekend continues with eight more games throughout Sunday, including the big all-Premier League showdown between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad at 16:30.

Championship Cardiff and League Two Stevenage are among the clubs hoping to pull off shocks against top-flight opposition Leeds and Aston Villa respectively, while fourth-tier duo Stockport County and Walsall go head-to-head with a place in the fourth round for the minnows up for grabs.

City can earn familiar win over Blues

What:Manchester City v Chelsea
Where:Etihad Stadium, Manchester
When:16:30, Sunday 8th January 2023
How to watch:BBC1 & bet365 Sports Live Streaming
Odds:Manchester City 3/10, Draw 19/4, Chelsea 8/1

City and Chelsea meet for the second time in four days following the former's 1-0 win in the Premier League on Thursday.

Chelsea's injury problems are clear ahead of this big showdown with up to 10 first-team players unavailable to boss Graham Potter, including Reece James, Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.

Therefore, it appears City should prevail with Pep Guardiola able to call upon his deep and experienced squad to secure a place in the next round.

A home win to nil, which is the method of victory City have achieved in the last four meetings between the two in all competitions, is available at 6/5 in the Specials market, while a Correct Score of 2-0 will appeal to some at odds of 11/2.

Cardiff can test Leeds

What:Cardiff City v Leeds
Where:Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
When:14:00, Sunday 8th January 2023
How to watch:ITV1 & bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsCardiff City 7/2, Draw 11/4, Leeds United 4/5

Cardiff hosting Leeds at this stage of the FA Cup evokes memories of their famous 2-1 triumph at Ninian Park back in 2002 when the Bluebirds were then in the third tier and Leeds were sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League.

A repeat of that win is not out of the question as Leeds, who may make plenty of changes for the trip to Wales, have not won a competitive game since 5th November and boss Jesse Marsch could view the FA Cup as an unnecessary distraction to what appears to be a relegation scrap for his side in the second half of the season.

However, Cardiff are not exactly in the best form either, drawing four of their last five Championship matches and losing the other, with Mark Hudson's men down in 20th in the table, only two points clear of the drop zone.

A draw looks solid value in this tie at 11/4 in the Full Time Result market.

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League Two Stevenage unlikely to upset Emery's Villa

What:Aston Villa v Stevenage
Where:Villa Park, Birmingham
When:16:30, Sunday 8th January 2023
How to watch:BBC Red Button/Iplayer & bet365 Sports Live Streaming
Odds:Aston Villa 1/6, Draw 11/2, Stevenage 18/1

This is an intriguing match on paper as League Two Stevenage dream of knocking out Premier League Aston Villa on their own turf.

However, as the away win odds of 18/1 suggest, this is a huge task for Steve Evans' men, who are second in the fourth tier.

Villa look to be on the up under new boss Unai Emery and are now 10th in the top flight thanks to an eye-catching recent win at Spurs and a follow-up home draw with Wolves.

Villa need a cup run and some silverware as they have not won a domestic trophy since the 1996 League Cup, but in Emery they have a manager adept at successfully navigating knockout competitions as the Spanish coach has won the Europa League four times in total with Villarreal and Sevilla, and he also lifted four domestic cups during his time in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.

A comfortable home win seems likely, despite Stevenage coming into the match on the back of two wins and the fact they are very much in the promotion mix in League Two, sitting two points behind leaders Leyton Orient.

Saddlers and Stockport dreaming of progress

What:Stockport County v Wallsall
Where:Edgeley Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester
When:14:00, Sunday 8th January 2023
How to watch:bet365 Sports Live Streaming
Odds: Stockport 8/11, Draw 14/5, Walsall 7/2

Fourth-tier duo Stockport County and Walsall will both be desperate to make the fourth round and, while this is not among the glamour ties, whoever makes it through will surely be the focus of attention come the draw after this weekend's games.

Walsall, in ninth, are four places and two points better off than County in the table, so this should be a tight tie.

The two sides are in similar recent form, having both won four of their last five in all competitions, and a draw, available at 14/5 in the Full Time Result market, may well be the way to go.

The other four third-round ties on Sunday are Bristol City at home to fellow Championship club Swansea at 12:30, the same time as League One duo Derby County and Barnsley square off, it's Hartlepool versus Stoke at 14:00 and there also an all-Championship clash between Norwich City and Blackburn at the same time.

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