Holders Arsenal crash out of the FA Cup

HOLDERS Arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup third-round stage on a weekend of coupon carnage for favourite backers in the live televised contests.

Arsenal, 6-10 to see off Nottingham Forest, produced a woeful display to go down 4-2 at the City Ground as they became the biggest casualties of the third round.

Forest did not play like 5-1 outsiders to land a deserved giantkilling.

Per Mertesacker cancelled out Eric Lichaj’s opener but the Forest full-back put the Sky Bet Championship side back in front on the stroke of half time.

Danny Welbeck scored either side of penalties from Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell, although there was to be no comeback from the Gunners, who were 10-1 to retain the trophy.

Everton, who lost 2-1 at Liverpool, were the only other side shorter than 50-1 not to be in the fourth-round draw, although those who backed the televised favourites were left to count the cost of two bad days.

It started with 4-7 Leicester and 1-2 Chelsea being held to 0-0 draws at Fleetwood and Norwich respectively before 11-10 West Ham had to settle for a stalemate at Shrewsbury on Sunday. Leeds, 10-11 pokes to beat Newport, were eliminated with a 2-1 defeat.

Tottenham beat AFC Wimbledon 3-0 in a non-televised tie with Harry Kane scoring twice.

Martin O’Neill is 13-8 favourite with Betfredto fill the Stoke managerial vacancy created by Mark Hughes’s sacking on Saturday evening.

Match in Focus


Doncaster v Bradford

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Doncaster have won only two of 12 home matches against teams currently above them in League One
Expert verdict
Two teams struggling for wins meet at the Keepmoat Stadium and it could pay to back the draw when Doncaster host Bradford in a Yorkshire derby. Neither team is easy to trust with Donny slipping dangerously close to the relegation zone, sitting 17th only four points from trouble, while Bradford are down to 11th, seven points off the playoff pace.



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