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Five FA Cup shocks waiting to happen this weekend

Constable can punish a poor Bolton defence


We’ve picked out five teams that can enjoy an FA Cup giant-killing in time-honoured fashion

The FA Cup is still a wonderful competition and third round weekend is always tremendously exciting. Stacks of games take place up and down the country, with lower-league teams pitting themselves against the big boys of the Premier League.

This season, the draw has thrown up plenty of potential giant-killing acts and we’ve picked out five that might just be happening this weekend.

1) Eastleigh @ 12/5 with bet365 to beat Bolton

Would this be a huge cup shock? Probably not, considering that Wanderers are rooted to the foot of the Championship. They’ve struggled to pay their players on time and some will be sold to raise funds in January.

Eastleigh are a League Two team in the making, with perhaps the potential to become a League One club. The Spitfires are among the best in the National League and could edge a tight encounter at Ten Acres.

2) Wycombe @ 11/4 with Paddy Power to beat Aston Villa

Villa head to Adams Park hoping that the escapism from Premier League misery enables them to claim a win against League Two opposition.

However, we think Wycombe have a decent chance of causing an upset, with the Villans having won just one Premier League game all term and their only other victory was a slender 1-0 win against rivals Birmingham in the League Cup.

3) Norwich City @ 9/2 with bet365 to beat Manchester City

An all-Premier League clash at Carrow Road and the prices look all to cock. Norwich have won their past two home matches to nil and certainly look capable of beating a Manchester City who were unconvincing winners at Watford on Saturday.

Alex Neil is getting a tune out of his squad again, with Manuel Pellegrini potentially about to forsake this competition as his team compete in several other tournaments.

4) Birmingham @ 16/5 with BetVictor to beat Bournemouth

It’s been three straight wins for the Blues at St Andrews, with Gary Rowett’s team now hosting a Cherries side who might not be at full-strength.

Eddie Howe knows that Bournemouth’s home clash against West Ham on Tuesday is far more important and his team will be understrength and potentially there for the taking.

5) Crystal Palace @ 7/2 with bet365 to win at Southampton

A 3-0 home defeat against Chelsea does not make Palace a poor side. Indeed, they are seven points better off than the Saints and can go close at St Mary’s, having won here in the FA Cup last term.

Alan Pardew will be eyeing a cup run after amassing enough points to be more than safe in the top flight, with Southampton having just one win in their past nine matches.

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