A weekend of thrilling Emirates FA Cup action awaits on Deezer Football – with plenty of potential giant-killings to excite fans across the land.
FA Cup third round weekend remains one of the most eagerly anticipated dates in the domestic sporting calendar, with the biggest names in the Barclays Premier League and Sky Bet Championship taking on sides from further down the football pyramid, and over three days we’ll be bringing you five exciting live commentaries.
The action kicks off on Friday at 7.55pm as League 2 Exeter City welcome Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to St James Park for the German gaffer’s first taste of this unique competition.
It promises to be some introduction, with Klopp’s opposite number in the Exeter dugout, long-serving Paul Tisdale, this week joking that he hopes the water doesn’t run out in the visitors’ dressing room in a stand built more than a century ago.
On the pitch Liverpool should have more than enough quality to send the Grecians packing, but the FA Cup – and the facilities – can often prove to be a great leveller. No doubt many neutrals will be hoping the Exeter players can cause an upset and write their names into cup folklore.
On Saturday the action on Deezer gets started with another trip for a Premier League side to a League 2 club, as Aston Villa travel to Wycombe Wanderers in the lunchtime fixture. The home team are in the promotion hunt this season after narrowly missing out in the play-offs last time around, so they will go into this 12.45pm kick-off with hopes of upsetting a struggling Villa side who are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Our second live commentary of the day at 5.30pm sees Manchester United host Sheffield United, who play two divisions below the Old Trafford club. Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal will be hoping his side can turn on the flair, win comfortably and lift some of the pressure that has been growing following his side’s recent run of poor form in the top flight.
The action continues with another double-header on Sunday. At 2pm League 1 Scunthorpe United face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, hoping to emulate the heroics of Bradford City who eliminated the Blues on their own patch in the fourth round of last season’s competition.
Chelsea’s form has improved since former manager Jose Mourinho was replaced by Guus Hiddink, and the new man will be hoping his charges manage to avoid a potential banana skin this weekend.
A packed schedule of live games on Deezer comes to a conclusion later that afternoon as Tottenham Hotspur take on this season’s surprise package when Leicester City visit White Hart Lane in a 4pm kick-off. The visiting Foxes will be without goalscoring hero Jamie Vardy, who is out while undergoing groin surgery, but they have plenty of other weapons with which to hurt Spurs in a game featuring two of the Premier League’s in-form sides.