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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Coventry v Exeter

Home Win Draw Away Win
Expert verdict
Exeter were beaten in the Sky Bet League Two playoff final last season and could be set for more Wembley heartbreak against a confident Coventry.The Sky Blues were emphatic 4-1 winners in the second-leg of their semi-final tussle at Notts County, after a 1-1 draw at home and they look to have too much strength in depth for the Grecians, who tend to produce their best form on home soil.

 

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