FA Cup Live Odds : Brighton v Newcastle, Man City v Watford, Southampton v Chelsea, West Ham v Man Utd feature

Its the FA Cup as Paddy Power release the latest odds & free bets with Brighton v Newcastle, Man City v Watford, Southampton v Chelsea, West Ham v Man Utd, QPR v West Brom the pick of the ties on Saturday.

This weekend sees FA Cup third round fixtures take place and the bulk of the action is on Saturday afternoon. As always in this famous competition, there is a chance for an upset and plenty of goals, so here are some of the stand out fixtures on Saturday.

There is a lunchtime kick-off taking place and it sees Brighton & Hove Albion of the Championship take on Premier League outfit Newcastle United.

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This is certainly a potential banana skin for the Magpies as they are not in any sort of form right now and Brighton come into this one on the back of a 3-0 win away from home.

Gus Poyet’s side knocked the Toon out of the competition last season, and with Alan Pardew’s side still rocking after the departure of Demba Ba, the 7/4 on the home win looks a little too big to ignore.

Moving into the 3PM matches, holders Chelsea make the journey to Southampton in an all Premier League encounter. The Blues are sure to be the big favourites for this one but came unstuck against QPR at home in their last match.

Rafa Benitez is sure to field an under strength side once again, as the Saints looks a decent shout at 4/1 to win, following their impressive performance against Arsenal last week.

Tottenham Hotspur are on home soil to League One Coventry City, so will be expecting to breeze through to the fourth round. Coventry will bring a lot of fans though and could act as a twelve man for their team.

As it is the FA Cup, you can not write them off, but Andre Villas Boas has his side purring on all fronts at the moment and a home win looks a banker at 2/9.

Manchester City are also in action on their own turf as they entertain Gianfranco Zola’s Watford at the Etihad Stadium. Zola will be looking to get one over on his fellow countryman, Roberto Mancini, but knows the odds are sure to be stacked against his men.

Its been a difficult week for Mancini following his training ground incident with Mario Balotelli and with apparent disharmony in the camp the 18/1 looks surely too big for the Watford away win, with the Hornets unbeaten in their last five away trips. 1/6 is no sort of price to be backing the home win, despite the gulf in class.

Crawley Town haved a bit of a reputation for being giant killers and they will fancy their chances at home to Reading, who are struggling for form right now and need to be concentrating on Premier League survival.

Another good looking fixture on Saturday is Aston Villa v Ipswich Town as it sees two managers go up against their former rivals. Paul Lambert was manager of Norwich City of course and Mick McCarthy had a lengthy spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers, so both will be desperate to come out on top here.

The Tractor Boys have struggled in recent weeks howver following the return to QPR of DJ Campbell, and if Christian Benteke and Andre Weimann start, the home win looks the best bet at 10/11.

Norwich are in action themselves as they take on Peterborough United in an East Anglian derby. These two haven’t met in a competitive fixture for some time now and with this being at London Road, Peterborough might be ready to cause an upset.

Chris Hughton’s side are struggling with four straight defeats, and with the Posh winning their four of their last five, an upset looks on the cards at a handy price of 13/5.

Three non-league teams play games on Saturday as Macclesfield Town host Championship leaders Cardiff City, Hastings United make the journey to Middlesbrough and Luton Town host Wolves. All three of these will of course be the big underdogs, but can come into this matches with nothing to lose and the pressure off, so you never know what might happen.

The evening kick-off is another battle between two top flights sides as West Ham United take on Manchester United at Upton Park.

The Red Devils will be confident of a win as they are in a superb bit of form right now, but Upton Park is sure to be rocking and the Hammers are always tough to beat on their own turf.

Joe Cole could feature after returning to his former club from Liverpool in the transfer window, as Sam Allardyce’s side could pull off the win at a value looking 9/2.

It should be a fascinating afternoon of action in the FA Cup.

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