It is the helter-skelter part of the season where games come thick and fast. We’ve had the whines of managers like Alan Pardew that it is too much for players but for us fans we love it! Today is another big moment in the English football calendar as it is FA Cup third round weekend where all the big boys join in!
Tonight sees the third round kick off with an absolute cracker, the Merseyside Derby! With Sam Allardyce taking his Everton side to face Jürgen Klopp and his Liverpool team to Anfield. The Reds have been all over the news so far in January with the rumours circulating about Phillipe Coutinho (£4.57), but he is ruled out through injury this evening as is African player of the year, Mohamed Salah (£4.37), meaning there will surely be opportunities for some of Liverpool’s fringe players. The returning Adam Lallana (£1.77) is set to feature and he will be looking to continue his rise on the Index, having rose 19p in the last month, with traders looking forward to his return.
On the Blue side of Merseyside, they will be hoping to go one step further than the 1-1 draw in December and will be turning to Wayne Rooney (£1.51) to drive them into the fourth round of the cup. This game looks to have come too soon for potential new (almost confirmed) signing Cenk Tosun (£1.09), meaning youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£0.85) will surely feature tonight. FA Cup games are not eligible for match day dividends but this fixture will be one of the major media stories of the day so could offer traders returns should anyone star!
The Merseyside Derby isn’t the only FA Cup fixture tonight though as for the first time in years Manchester United find that there fixture against Derby County is not being televised. Well in the UK at least, why else would they be playing tonight? In Jose Mourinho’s press conference yesterday there were indications that Romelu Lukaku (£4.54) may be fit to take part after suffering a concussion over the festive period. Will the match give some Index youngsters a chance to shine? The likes of Angel Gomes (£1.29) and Scott McTominay (£0.65) may have a chance to show Mourinho what they can do!
Will the cup dominate the media?