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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Milan v Fiorentina

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Key stats
  • Milan, with 20 goals in 18 matches, are the lowest home scorers in the top ten.
Expert verdict
Milan failed to nail down sixth place in Serie A after conceding a late leveller at Atalanta and they look worn out. Riccardo Montolivo and Fabio Borini are banned, Lucas Biglia is injured, and they are hard to trust against a Viola side who are just about playing for a shot at seventh, although they must be kicking themselves after last week’s calamitous home loss against Cagliari.

 

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