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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Albania v Scotland

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Key stats
  • Albania have lost three of their last five games
Expert verdict
Since beating Albania 2-0 in September, Scotland have suffered back-to-back defeats including in their Nations League fixture away to a poor Israel side.But they have a gilt-edged opportunity to do so when they renew their rivalry with Albania. The hosts have also failed to win since the Hampden Park encounter and they are without Migjen Basha and Elseid Hysaj who are both banned for this fixture after picking up two yellow cards.

 

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