This FA Cup Preview sees a final two matches. The first of which sees Chelsea take on Peterborough at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea vs Peterborough – Sunday 8th January 2017 – 15:00

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Chelsea welcome Peterborough to Stamford Bridge in the third round of the FA Cup, with the big boys now entering proceedings.

Chelsea come into this match on the back of a 2-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals Tottenham.

Two excellent headers from Dele Alli (45+1, 54), either side of the half-time interval sealed a deserved win for Spurs.

It ends a run of 13 successive wins for Chelsea, who have been incredible since the defeat against Arsenal.

Antonio Conte will be disappointed, with his side failing to really trouble a rampant Tottenham side.

Win Number Twelve

That result means that Chelsea now remain joint top of consecutive wins in the Premier League, level on 13 with Arsenal's Invincibles.

They are still top of the league though, they are clear of rivals Liverpool by four points, with the Reds facing United in their next league match.

Without the pressure of European football, Chelsea will be looking to compete on all fronts domestically.

Blues Favourites

Chelsea unsurprisingly head into this fixture as the favourites, they are the form team in the Premier League.

They will be looking to go on a run in this competition, with a league and cup double the only options available for Conte now.

Antonio Conte's men have never faced Peterborough in any competition, this is the first meeting between the two sides.

Chelsea are 2/11 with Diego Costa at 9/4 to score first.

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Three Stalemates

The Posh come into this match in good form, they are unbeaten in their last six but have drawn three successive games.

They drew their last match 1-1 with Sheffield United, with the Posh stealing a late equaliser at Brammal Lane.

Josh Morris (45+1) opened the scoring for the Blades in first half injury time, an excellent free kick for the promotion chasers.

Peterborough struck back though, with a Charlie Goode own goal (83) ensuring that it ended with honours even for both sides.

Posh Pushing For Promotion

Peterborough are enjoying a good season themselves, they find themselves in 8th, just one point off the play offs.

Wins against Notts County, Charlton and Chesterfield, have been followed by draws against Scunthorpe, Gillingham and Coventry.

They have won 10 of their 24 games, with six defeats and eight draws completing a mixed run of overall form for them.

Posh Underdogs

Peterborough come into this match as underdogs, with Chelsea's pedigree, form and home advantage informing the bookies.

The Posh are plying their trade in League One, two below Chelsea who are the best side in the country at the moment.

This is the first meeting between the two sides in any fixture, Peterborough will be looking to complete the biggest shock of the round come Sunday.

Peterborough are 14/1 with Tom Nichols at 12/1 to open the scoring.

 

The second fixture sees Tottenham take on Aston Villa at White Hart Lane, with Tottenham in excellent form.

Tottenham vs Aston Villa – Sunday 8th January 2017 – 16:00 - BBC One

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Tottenham welcome Aston Villa to White Hart Lane in the third round of the FA Cup, with the big boys now entering proceedings.

Spurs come into this match in great form, having secured five successive wins, the last a 2-0 win at home against Chelsea.

Two excellent headers from Dele Alli (45+1, 54), either side of the half-time interval sealed a deserved win for Spurs.

It ends a run of 13 successive wins for Chelsea, who have been incredible since the defeat against Arsenal.

Deli Alli has been in sublime form for Spurs, scoring 7 in his last four appearances, scoring twice in the last three matches.

It means Tottenham have managed to keep the title race alive, cutting Chelsea's lead to just 5 points at the top of the league.

Tottenham Looking For Run

Tottenham still find themselves seven points behind leaders Chelsea, they will look to close the gap further in the upcoming matches.

Chelsea ended both Tottenham's title chances last season, and their unbeaten run this season so to avenge that will delight the Spurs players.

Pochettino will be wanting his side to build on that winning form in the FA Cup, it has been a long time since Spurs won a trophy.

Tottenham have had an excellent festive period so far, winning all of their games comfortably during a congested period.

Spurs Favourites

Tottenham come into this match as favourites, with just the two defeats this season they have been very hard to beat.

This will be a tough fixture for Mauricio Pochettino's side, with the FA cup throwing up some wonderful results over the years.

Pochettino will be wanting to build on Spurs excellent recent record against Villa, winning 8 of their last 9 meetings.

Tottenham are 30/100 with Harry Kane at 11/4 to score first.

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Premier Appointment For Villa

Aston Villa come into this match in mixed form, they are have had a real mixed bag in the last six fixtures.

They come into this match on the back of a 1-0 defeat away against Cardiff, their second away defeat in this sequence.

Joe Ralls (16) opened the scoring for the Cardiff in the first half, it turned out to be the only goal of the game.

Cardiff had the better of the first half and were excellent value for their lead, goalkeeper Brian Murphy remained strong to secure all three points.

Promotion The Aim For Villa

Aston Villa are enjoying a good season themselves, since the appointment of Steve Bruce they have turned the corner.

They have secured excellent wins against Burton Albion, QPR and Wigan in recent games, and a great draw against in form Leeds United.

Villa are a long way off the play offs, they find themselves seven points behind Sheffield Wednesday as it stands.

Villa Underdogs

Bruce's men come into this match as underdogs, with Tottenham's pedigree, form and home advantage informing the bookies.

Aston Villa are plying their trade in the Championship, one below Tottenham, who have just beaten the best side in the country at the moment.

Villa will be looking to improve on their overall record against Tottenham, in 143 games they have won 49, drawn 32 and lost 62.

Aston Villa are 9/1 with Ross McCormack at 11/1 to open the scoring.

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Batshuayi to score first @ 3/1 and Chelsea to win 5-0 @ 14/1

Tip 2 – Janssen to score first @ 100/30 and Spurs to win 3-1 @ 10/1

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