FA Cup 3rd Round: 6 of the Biggest Ties to Watch

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FA Cup 3rd Round: 6 of the Biggest Ties to Watch
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Along with the Champions League, the English FA Cup is one of the most renowned competitions in the world of football. For many years, the laws of probability have fixed up David against Goliath, and nine out of 10 times, Goliath will prevail.

But in that one instance where David pulls through, the magic of the FA Cup gives the underdog that extra notch up the energy meter, which therefore could be responsible for a last-minute winner or goal that takes it to a replay at your home ground which only holds 500 people.

The FA Cup Third Round is the most important of the whole competition, pitting the non-leaguers and lower-division sides against all of the Premier League clubs for the first time. The likes of minnows Havant & Waterlooville for example took a 2-1 lead against Liverpool at Anfield before succumbing to a 5-2 defeat. They may have lost that day, but their efforts will be remembered in FA Cup history forever.

And so, we take a look at some clashes which could reproduce the spirit that the FA Cup brings about year after year. Spoiler alert: this list could contain a non-league side.

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