Mark Hughes sacked by struggling Stoke

The FA Cup third-round matches brought few shocks on Saturday but Stoke’s 2-1 defeat at Coventry saw manager Mark Hughes sacked by the Potters.

Despite the gulf between Premier League Stoke and League Two Coventry, the Sky Blues were no bigger than 4-1 for victory. Hills make Ryan Giggs their early 5-1 favourite to replace Hughes with Martin O'Neill and Slavisa Jokanovic next at 8-1, while former England boss Steve McClaren is a 10-1 shot.

Cup favourites Manchester City came from a goal down but saw off Burnley 4-1 while Chelsea, Bournemouth, Leicester and Swansea were taken to replays by lower-league opposition.

Liverpool announced last night that they have agreed the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for a fee reported to be around £145m.

Match in Focus

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Mainz v Wolfsburg

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Mainz have lost just one of their last ten home games in all competitions
Expert verdict
Mainz earned a much-needed three points against Hertha Berlin last time out and they can add further impetus to their relegation battle with a victory over Wolfsburg, who parted ways with manager Martin Schmidt in midweek. Experienced coach Bruno Labbadia has taken over at the Volkswagen Arena but he's had little time to work with a squad who have won just one of their last 11 matches in all competitions.

 

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