Arsenal and Manchester City lock horns at Wembley on Sunday afternoon for the first major piece of silverware of the season. City will start as firm favourites after enjoying a blistering run of form over the past few months, but their shock FA Cup defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic in midweek showed that any team can be fallible and Arsenal will be desperate to get their hands on a trophy to compensate for what has been a disappointing campaign so far.
Only four teams are left in contention for the season’s first major piece of domestic silverware, and they will all be looking to take a giant stride towards Wembley when the semi-final first legs take place this week.
Christmas may be the most magical time of year for many, but for success-starved supporters of lower-league football clubs, the FA Cup third round offers the chance to dream big as the decorations come down. The world’s most famous domestic cup competition has been underway since August, when the extra-preliminary round took place, but this weekend sees the stars of the Premier League and Championship join in the fun, hoping to avoid a giant-killing.
The draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has been made and it already promises to be a veritable footballing feast as some of the greatest players on earth compete for the sport’s ultimate prize.
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