FA Cup 3rd Round Draw Unveiled – Gurgler Analysis

The FA Cup 3rd Round Draw has been done, and there's plenty to look forward to. We have the full draw and our thoughts on the highlights.

FA Cup 4th Round preview

The greatest round of the greatest annual sporting competition according to us – The FA Cup 3rd Round Draw – has been done and we can’t wait.

The FA Cup 3rd Round draw sees the big clubs from the EPL, and the wannabe big clubs from the Championship join the battlers from League One, Two and below.

Each year the FA Cup 3rd Round Draw is circled as we finally see all the potential upsets, or Cupsets as we call them to be lame..

You see, this stage of the FA Cup is where months of dedicated following Championship and the rest of the Football League can pay big dividends. Others ignore the Football League at their peril believing English Football starts and end after the 20 teams of the top flight. Their loss as it can be almost guaranteed of an upset or two. We think can pick at least a couple of them. We’ve done OK in the previous rounds.

So below we have our thoughts on the pick of the games, and potential upsets.



MANCHESTER UNITED v READING – no matter who Manchester United drew they would have been playing one of the TV games as the BBC get their fix whilst they have the coverage. But given Manchester United’s less than impressive home form (just 10 points in 7 games) and Reading’s strong form in the Championship, an EPL win may not be a formality it seems on paper. $5.00 for the draw seems delicious odds. IBF would agree.


High flying Liverpool welcome a team from the fourth division which hasn’t been decided yet. Both clubs could do with the money. Plymouth are currently third in the fourth division and could use the money to top up and get into the third tier. For fan owned Newport they could survive for a year with the gate receipts. And being dead last in the fourth division will mean any good result will be most welcome. Liverpool are going well though, and are our tips to win the entire comp.


Probably not the most exciting match up for neutrals, but as an Ipswich Town fan it represents the final straw for 2016. If Ipswich can’t beat Lincoln, then I’m afraid that they are no longer mediocre but just awful. And we’ll give them a miss for the rest of the season.


Two giant killing teams from the 80’s. Sutton United beat then recent FA Cup winners Coventry City in 1989. That made them the last Non League side to beat a then EPL side until 2014. The old Wimbledon upset Liverpool to win the 1988 FA Cup. Whilst that was the old Wimbledon, the new Wimbledon started off at the bottom and has now made extraordinary progress to be in the third tier with 15 years. 


A tricky game for Arsenal. They are visiting a team who had two players sent off last weekend for punching each other. Arsenal should win, but should is a dangerous word for Arsenal.


Means at least one team from League Two will get to the FA Cup 4th Round.

ALL EPL GAMES – hopefully the TV games will avoid the all EPL clashes you could see every week. The FA Cup 3rd draw is all about teams you rarely see play each other. However there’s no doubt one of the TV games will be one of these, so if it has to be we say West Ham v Manchester City. As long as it isn’t bottom two clubs Swansea v Hull. Disappointing that two prime clubs for EPL upsets will take on each other.

There’s loads more, so check out the full schedule below.



Here’s a list of potential upsets worth keeping an eye on for value.


WBA v Derby
Crystal Palace v Bolton
Watford v Burton
Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday


Barrow v Rochdale
Eastleigh v Brentford
Blackpool v Barnsley



Make your own mind up with a pile of games below.

Accrington Stanley V  Luton Town 
Barrow V  Rochdale 
Birmingham City V  Newcastle United 
Blackpool V  Barnsley 
Bolton Wanderers V  Crystal Palace 
Brentford V  Eastleigh or Halifax 
Brighton & Hove Albion V  Charlton or MK Dons 
Bristol City V  Shrewsbury or Fleetwood 
Cambridge United V  Leeds United 
Cardiff City V  Fulham 
Chelsea V  Notts County or Peterborough 
Everton V  Leicester City 
Huddersfield Town V  Port Vale
Hull City V  Swansea City 
Ipswich Town V  Lincoln City 
Liverpool V  Plymouth or Newport 
Manchester United V  Reading 
Middlesbrough V  Sheffield Wednesday 
Millwall V  Bournemouth 
Norwich City V  Southampton 
Preston North End V  Arsenal 
Queens Park Rangers V  Blackburn Rovers 
Rotherham United V  Macclesfield or Oxford 
Stoke City V  Wolverhampton Wanderers 
Sunderland V  Burnley 
Sutton United V  AFC Wimbledon 
Tottenham Hotspur V  Aston Villa
Watford V  Burton Albion 
West Bromwich Albion V  Derby County 
West Ham United V  Manchester City 
Wigan Athletic V  Nottingham Forest 
Wycombe Wanderers V  Stourbridge or Northampton 



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Born and raised on the banks of Yebri Creek, Theydon Bois has always been obsessed by sport. A stellar career of Underage B sides, RSL Social Golf, C Grade Warehouse and D Grade Indoor Cricket didn’t showcase much talent, but provided a window into the love for any game, any time. Theydon follows as much as he can and will provide opinion, ideas, and best tips and bets for most sports*. A particular interest in English Football sees Theydon Bois up every Saturday night until 2am with two laptops, smartphones, IPad and a radio feed of Soccer Saturday. A lifelong fan of underperforming, mediocre, disappointing teams will not sway his enthusiasm for sport. *Rugby Union not included.

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