Merseyside derby in FA Cup third round

THE Merseyside derby was the highlight of the FA Cup third-round draw with Liverpool hosting Everton over the weekend of January 6.

Jurgen Klopp is still waiting for his first piece of silverware as the Reds boss and he has not always taken the FA Cup seriously, although a local clash with Everton should focus the minds of both teams either side of Stanley Park.

FA Cup favourites Manchester City host fellow Premier League outfit Burnley, while Manchester United are also at home with Derby the visitors to Old Trafford.

There are unlikely to be too many big-name casualties in the third round with Tottenham welcoming AFC Wimbledon to Wembley and Chelsea and Arsenal also drew lower-league opposition.

Chelsea head to Norwich and Arsenal are at Nottingham Forest. Some of the trickier ties for Premier League teams include West Ham at Shrewsbury, Swansea at Wolves and Stoke are away to Coventry.

Match in Focus

19:45 Sa 26May

Real Madrid v Liverpool

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Real have won just one of their last four Champions League meetings against English opposition
Expert verdict
Real Madrid have lifted the Champions League in three of the past four seasons but they could struggle to retain their crown against a lively Liverpool. Real have been the dominant force in Europe, with last year’s 4-1 thumping of Juventus in the final in Cardiff showcasing their superiority. However, Zinedine Zidane’s men have not bumped into a front three like the Reds’ often - Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have netted 29 of their 40 Champions League goals this season - and they are vulnerable to the counter-attack.



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