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Wednesday's Sport: Leeds aim to finish the job

There is plenty of sporting excitement to follow on Wednesday with the Australian Open continuing in Melbourne, while there is FA Cup, Premier League and Scottish Premiership action in football.

Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on home favourite Rinky Hijikata in the second round of tennis’ first Grand Slam tournament of 2023, while Leeds United face Cardiff City in an FA Cup third-round replay and Manchester United visit struggling Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

In Scotland, Celtic entertain St Mirren and Rangers visit Kilmarnock, while the race for third spot intensifies as Aberdeen travel to Edinburgh to take on Hearts. The Dons are 12/5 To Win the match.

Leeds plan to sink Bluebirds

WhatLeeds United v Cardiff City, FA Cup third-round replay
WhereElland Road, Leeds
When19:45, Wednesday 18th January
How to watchITV4, bet365 Sports Live Streaming
Odds (To Qualify)Leeds 1/3, Draw 4/1, Cardiff 9/1

Leeds United will hope to put their Premier League travails to one side for an evening by beating managerless Cardiff City and progressing to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Leeds had to come back from 2-0 down to force a replay when these two sides met in South Wales with Jesse Marsch’s men equalising in stoppage time through Sonny Perkins.

The Bluebirds sacked manager Mark Hudson, who had only been in charge for four months, after the 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic and Cardiff are now 7/2 To Be Relegated from the Championship.

Cardiff are 21st in the Championship and have not won any of their last nine matches, while Leeds are winless in their last seven games.

Leeds should be able to see off their opponents though and are 10/11 to Keep A Clean Sheet in the match.

United target perfect ten

WhatCrystal Palace v Manchester United, Premier League
WhereSelhurst Park, London
When20:00, Wednesday 18th January
How to watchSky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League
OddsCrystal Palace 7/2, Draw 11/4, Man Utd 4/5

Manchester United can move up to second place in the Premier League table by beating Crystal Palace on Wednesday and also move to within six points of leaders Arsenal.

Saturday's 2-1 win in the Manchester derby was their ninth victory in a row in all competitions and they are now gearing up for a surprise title push.

United have not lifted the Premier League trophy since the 2012/13 campaign, but this could be their best chance in the last decade to end their barren run. United can currently be backed at 12/1 to Win the Premier League this season.

Palace have lost five of their last six matches, including three successive defeats at Selhurst Park - 3-0 to Fulham, 4-0 to Tottenham and a 2-1 FA Cup loss to Southampton.

Tsitsipas should ease past Hijikata

WhatStefanos Tsitsipas v Rinky Hijikata
WhereMelbourne, Australia
WhenWednesday 18th January
How to watchEurosport, discovery+ and bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsStefanos Tsitsipas 1/20, Rinky Hijikata 10/1

Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open three times in the last four years and is seeded three for this year’s tournament.

He easily beat Quentin Halys in the first round in Melbourne, while world number 169 Hijikata was taken to five sets before edging past Yannkick Hanfmann.

A victory for the Greek star seems highly likely and he can be backed at 14/1 To Win the Australian Open this year.

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