This FA Cup Preview has more of a Premier League feel to it, with several top flight sides facing each other over the weekend.

The first fixture sees Hull take on Swansea at the KCOM Stadium, with both sides in the bottom three of the Premier League.

Hull vs Swansea – Saturday 7th January 2017 – 15:00 

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Hull welcome Swansea to the KCOM Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup, with the big boys now entering proceedings.

The Tigers come into this match on the back of a 3-1 defeat against West Brom on Monday afternoon.

Robert Snodgrass (21) continued his excellent season and finished where he left off, scoring the opening goal for the Tigers.

That was as good as it got for Hull though, with Chris Brunt (49), Gareth McAuley (62) and James Morrison (73) scoring three second half goals.

It was another poor result for Hull, it has also resulted in Mike Phelan becoming the latest managerial casualty of the season.

Hull Need A Run

The Tigers have found wins hard to come by, they are now on a run of four defeats in their last six matches.

They are now rock bottom of the Premier League, with just 13 points from 20 matches, with the January window open they will need players.

Both ends of the pitch have been a struggle for Hull, with 44 goals conceded but only 17 scored.

Tigers Favourites

Despite this dismal run of form Hull head into this fixture as the favourites, with the Tigers now managerless.

They will be looking to register their fourth win of the season, they will also be looking to avoid a 14th defeat.

Hull will be looking to improve on their overall record against the Swans, with Hull winning 9, drawing 8 and losing 12 of their 29 meetings.

Hull are 6/4 with Robert Snodgrass and Adama Diomande at 5/1 to score first.

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Clement Starts

Swansea come into this match on the back of a morale-boosting win against struggling Palace, with Swansea completing the double over them.

They managed to put the loss of both of their home games, against sides in and around them behind them.

It was the perfect start to the reign of Paul Clement, with Sam Allardyce struggling to get off the mark at Palace.

Andrew Mawson (42), opened the scoring for the Swans, giving Swansea an advantage going into the second half.

Wilfried Zaha (83) levelled for Palace late on, in his final appearance before heading off to the African Cup of Nations.

Angel Rangel (88) completed the scoring late on, with Swansea completing a domestic double against Palace, after the 5-4 thriller.

Swans Seek Fresh Start

The search for their third manager of the season is now over, with the vastly experienced man Paul Clement appointed on Monday.

They have now scored three in the last two matches, conceding eight goals in the process, they will need to improve defensively.

Clement has no experience of managing in the Premier League, but he has been an assistant to the vastly experienced Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Swans Underdogs

Swansea head into this fixture as the underdogs, despite the recent managerial boost and the excellent midweek result.

They will be looking to register their fifth win of the season, in the process securing a fourth win in nine matches.

The Swans will be looking to improve their recent record against Hull, they have lost the last two meetings.

Swansea are 7/4 with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente at 11/2 to open the scoring.

 

The second fixture sees the third side in the bottom of the Premier League face promoted side Burnley at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland vs Burnley – Saturday 7th January 2017 – 15:00 

burnley-sunderlandSunderland welcome Burnley to the Stadium of Light in the third round of the FA Cup, with the big boys now entering proceedings.

They come into this match on the back of a 2-2 draw against Liverpool, with Moyes men coming from behind twice to level.

Daniel Sturridge (19) opened the scoring for Liverpool, with the England forward returning to the starting line-up after injury.

Jermain Defoe (25) scored the first of two goals from the penalty spot, equalising for the home side.

Sadio Mane (72) gave Liverpool the lead for the second time in the match, before turning into the villain.

His handball meant that Defoe stepped up (84), to score his and Sunderland's second from the spot to ensure a share of the spoils.

Sunderland Looking For Revenge

David Moyes will be targeting a much-needed win in this fixture, with Sunderland in desperate need of momentum.

The Black Cats will be looking to avenge the recent 4-1 defeat at Turf Moor, with Moyes men looking to make amends.

Andre Gray who was the hero of the Middlesbrough match, returned to score a maiden Premier League hat-trick.

The Burnley forward, who had scored just two Premier League goals prior to that match, netted in the 31st, 51st and 53rd minute.

Black Cats Favourites

Sunderland come into this match as favourites, with Burnley's poor away form informing those odds.

This will be a tough fixture for the Black Cats, with Sean Dyche's men giving Sunderland a lesson recently.

David Moyes' side will be looking to draw inspiration from the Liverpool draw, with his depleted squad putting in an excellent performance.

Sunderland are 13/10 with Jermain Defoe at 9/2 to score first.

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Clement Starts

Sean Dyche's side come into this match on the back of another away defeat, this time a 2-1 loss against Manchester City.

Another red card was awarded in this game, with Fernandinho sent off for the third time in six matches for a two-footed lunge.

Sergio Aguero and David Silva were on the bench for the first half, but were summoned to help struggling City in the second half.

Gael Clichy (58) was the unlikely scorer for City, with Sergio Aguero (62) helping ten men City to a 2-0 lead.

Ben Mee (70) scored Burnley's only goal to halve the deficit, Pep Guardiola's post match interview soon took centre stage.

Clarets In Mixed Form

Burnley come into this match in excellent recent form, they are still yet to exercise their away demons though.

Their win against Sunderland will be an experience Dyche will be keen to capitalise on, with Dyche's men destroying the Black Cats.

Dyche's men will be looking to make it a fourth win in seven matches, they also welcome back Joey Barton.

Burnley Underdogs

The Clarets excellent home record continues, they are one of the only sides in the football league yet to win away from home though.

They will be looking to register their ninth win of the season, they will also be looking to register a fourth win in seven matches.

Sean Dyche's men will be looking to draw on their overall form against Sunderland, with Burnley winning 28, drawing 19 and losing 27 of 74 meetings.

Burnley are 21/10 with Andre Gray at 6/1 to open the scoring.

 

The final match sees an intriguing fixture between one of the form sides in the Premier League in West Brom, face in form Championship outfit Derby County.

West Brom vs Derby – Saturday 7th January 2017 – 15:00 

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West Brom welcome Derby to the Hawthorns in the third round of the FA Cup, with the big boys now entering proceedings.

Tony Pulis' side come into this match in great form, with another win against Hull City, 3-1 also at home.

Robert Snodgrass (21) continued his excellent season and finished where he left off, scoring the opening goal for the Tigers.

That was as good as it got for Hull though, with Chris Brunt (49), Gareth McAuley (62) and James Morrison (73) scoring three second half goals.

It's another excellent result for Tony Pulis' side, who have now risen up to 8th in the Premier League table.

West Brom Looking Forward

West Brom have been in excellent recent form, they have had a poor run of fixtures, facing United, Chelsea and Arsenal in their last six matches.

The results against Chelsea, Arsenal and United won't have hampered them too much, with a win against Southampton an excellent marker for them.

They will be looking to build on their excellent season, with a cup run another excellent incentive for Pulis and his side.

Baggies Favourites

West Brom do come into this match as the favourites, with Derby coming into this match on the back of a hefty defeat.

This will be another tough fixture for Tony Pulis's side, with Derby in excellent overall form under Steve McClaren.

West Brom will be looking to continue their recent record against Derby, they are unbeaten in their last three meetings.

West Brom are 5/6 with Salomon Rondon at 4/1 to score first.

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Rams In Great Form

Steve McClaren's side come into this match on the back of a hefty defeat, with a 3-0 defeat away at Norwich.

Nelson Oliveria was the hero, with the forward easing the mounting pressure on manager Alex Neil with a stellar hat-trick.

The forward scored goals in the 15th, 78th and 80th minute to give the Canaries a much-needed win after dropping all the way to 9th in the table.

It's a defeat that sees the Rams remain outside of the top six, trailing Sheffield Wednesday by two points.

Rams In Good Form

Burnley come into this match in excellent recent form, despite the loss they have remained unbeaten in the previous five.

They had completed wins against Birmingham, QPR and bitter rivals Nottingham Forest, with draws against Wigan and Fulham.

Steve McClaren has done an excellent job since returning back to the club, restoring the Rams to the verge of the play offs.

Derby Underdogs

Derby come into the match as underdogs, with the leagues difference and home advantage counting against the Rams.

They will be looking to register their fourth win in seven matches, this Premier League scalp would be huge for McClaren.

McClaren's side will be looking to improve their recent and overall records against West Brom, with the Rams struggling of late against the Baggies.

Derby are 18/5 with Thomas Ince and Darren Bent at 7/1 to open the scoring.

 

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Sigurdsson to score first @ 11/2 and Swansea to win 2-1 @ 9/1

Tip 2 – Defoe to score first @ 9/2 and Sunderland to win 2-1 @ 8/1

Tip 3 – Rondon to score first @ 4/1 and Derby to win 2-1 @ 14/1

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