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talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent ALEX CROOK solves the puzzle of two FA Cup third round ties…

🟣 CRYSTAL PALACE V EVERTON 🔵
Thursday, 8pm

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In a break from tradition, the FA Cup third round gets underway on Thursday night with the glamour tie the TV companies were battling it out for – Everton’s trip to Crystal Palace!

While it may not be a tie for the purists, both teams should take it seriously, especially as they only have two Premier League games each in January due to the winter break.

Palace picked up a crucial 3-1 win at home to Brentford at the weekend to ease the pressure on veteran manager Roy Hodgson and move six points clear of the relegation zone.

Everton’s top-flight status is back in the balance after a run of three successive defeats which leaves them just a point above the dreaded dotted line.

Hodgson has been visibly stung by recent speculation Palace are lining up sacked Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper to replace him and may see this as an opportunity to further strengthen his position. Palace are 6/4 with starsports.bet to win the game.

The absence of star man Michael Olise weakens Palace’s chances, so I am looking to Eberechi Eze to provide the attacking inspiration.

Eze was amongst the goals against Brentford and has already netted against Everton this season. The England international is 13/5 with starsports.bet to score at any time.

Neither manager will want to add a replay to their fixture list as it could get in the way of any warm-weather training camps so I am expecting both teams to go for the win in a fixture that usually guarantees goals. A build-a-bet on my two previous selections coupled with both teams to score returns 9.65/1 with starsports.bet

⚪️ TOTTENHAM V BURNLEY 🟣
Friday, 8pm

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You have to go back to 1991 for the last time Tottenham lifted the FA Cup.

The eight-time winners kick off their quest for a first trophy since 2008 with an all-Premier League affair at home to Burnley on Friday night.

I’d like to think manager Ange Postecoglou has learned his lesson after naming a weakened team against Fulham in the second round of the League Cup and being dumped out by Fulham, arguably the only negative in what’s been a serene introduction to the Spurs dugout.

Postecoglou’s hands are slightly tied with key trio Cristian Romero, James Maddison and Micky van de Ven still sidelined and captain Son and midfield duo Pape Sarr and Yves Bissouma away on international duty. It is unlikely Rodrigo Bentancur will be risked after only recently returning from injury.

I still think roared on by a home crowd desperate for a prolonged run in this competition Spurs, who thumped Burnley 5-2 when these two met at Turf Moor in September, will have too much for Vincent Kompany’s Clarets.

Giovani Lo Celso is a player who has quietly impressed me coming off the bench in recent matches and should get the chance from the start in this one. He has also weighed in with a couple of goals and Lo Celso to score at any time is a very generous 12/5 with starsports.bet

We know Tottenham is a team that gives away chances under Postecoglou while Burnley has the second leakiest defence in the Premier League so I really fancy there to be over 3.5 goals at 5/4 with starsports.bet

ALEX CROOK

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Author: Eugene Morris