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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C Palace v Liverpool

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Both teams have scored in 11 of the last 12 meetings.
Expert verdict
Liverpool served notice of their quality with a comfortable opening win over West Ham but Crystal Palace should put up stiffer resistance. Both teams played on the front foot in their respective opening victories and it would be no surprise if this Selhurst Park clash was full of goals

 

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