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Sunday Upsets Spark FA Cup Into Life

There were a string of shocks in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, but the Premier League major forces were all still standing in the competition ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Wolves on Monday night.

Favourite-backers were stunned on Sunday afternoon as three teams secured victories against clubs from three divisions higher, with two of them achieving that feat away from home. Oldham, of League Two, came back from a goal down to defeat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage, while Barnet of the National League were 1-0 winners at Championship high-flyers Sheffield United.

As those shocks were being digested, League Two Newport County overcame 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City at Rodney Parade. The Foxes have recently taken the scalps of both Manchester City and Chelsea, but they were beaten by a late Padraig Amond penalty in south Wales.

Manchester City are the 7/2* favourites with Betfred to win the competition for the first time since 2011 following their 7-0 demolition of Rotherham, but there are still plenty of serious contenders in the hat for the fourth round draw.

Holders Chelsea are a 7/1* chance with William Hill after seeing off Nottingham Forest, while Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal also eased through without conceding against lower league opposition.

West Ham showed they mean business with their home win over Birmingham and Manuel Pellegrini’s side could be an interesting outsider at best odds of 28/1* with Betfred.

All odds are subject to a reshuffle following Liverpool’s game at Molineux, where the Reds won 2-0 in the Premier League last month, and Monday night’s draw.

*All odds quoted are subject to change