An FA Cup Third Round prediction competition

There are 25 FA Cup Third Round ties this weekend involving Football League clubs playing against teams from a different division.

But where will the upsets be found?

There are no prizes, it’s just for fun, but have a look at the fixtures listed below and pick FIVE teams from those in bold who you think may spring a surprise.

There are different numbers of points awarded for how difficult each club’s tie is, ranging from the most difficult (Peterborough away at Fulham, Charlton away at Tottenham and Notts County away at Sunderland – 16 points up for grabs) to the easiest (Torquay United at home to Carlisle United – 2 points available).

Points will be halved in the case of draws.

This points system has been devised based on the division a club is in, the division their opponents are in and whether the tie is home or away.

Please add your teams to the Comments section of this article. Comments from new users require approval so please do not post your comment more than once.

The winner is the person with the biggest number of points for correct predictions.


Full list of fixtures:

Arsenal v Leeds United – Result: 6 points

Blackburn Rovers v QPR – Result: 0 points

Brighton and Hove Albion v Portsmouth – Result: 4 points

Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday – Result: 8 points

Burnley v Port Vale – Result: 0 points

Burton Albion v Middlesbrough – Result: 6 points

Chelsea v Ipswich Town – Result: 0 points

Doncaster Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Result: 3 points

Fulham v Peterborough United – Result: 0 points

Hull City v Wigan Athletic – Result: 0 points

Leicester City v Manchester City – Result: 3 points

Millwall v Birmingham City – Result: 0 points

Norwich City v Leyton Orient – Result: 8 points

Reading v West Bromwich Albion – Result: 6 points

Scunthorpe United v Everton – Result: 0 points

Sheffield United v Aston Villa – Result: 0 points

Southampton v Blackpool – Result: 8 points

Stevenage v Newcastle United – Result: 10 points

Stoke City v Cardiff City – Result: 6 points

Sunderland v Notts County – Result: 16 points

Swansea City v Colchester United – Result: 0 points

Torquay United v Carlisle United – Result: 2 points

Tottenham Hotspur v Charlton Athletic – Result: 0 points

Watford v Hartlepool United – Result: 0 points

West Ham United v Barnsley – Result: 0 points


The Seventy Two
The Seventy Two published an outstanding series of articles about the Football League between 2010-12 and was the brainchild of Leicester City fan, David Bevan. As well as collaborating with The Two Unfortunates on the Football League Blog Network and a mammoth 2011-12 season preview, the site featured a host of leading bloggers and David was rewarded with a nomination in the 2011 Football Supporters’ Federation awards. Latterly, he was joined as co-editor by Joe Harrison and TTU is happy to present this archive of the site’s output.

37 Comments

  1. NarrowTheAngle
    January 7, 2011

    QPR, Brighton, Reading, Millwall, Southampton.

    Good idea, this. Nice one.

    Reply
    • thecoldend
      January 7, 2011

      QPR,
      BRIGHTON,
      READING,
      SOUTHAMPTON,
      CARDIFF.

      Reply
  2. James Dixon
    January 7, 2011

    Cardiff – 12 points
    Southampton – 8 points
    Reading – 6 points
    Millwall – 6 points
    Hull – 6 points

    Reply
  3. epouvantail
    January 7, 2011

    Port Vale, Donny, Southampton, Colchester and (much to my own chagrin) Torquay – it’s almost a banker.

    Reply
  4. Ben Bedford
    January 7, 2011

    QPR
    Sheffield United
    Barnsley
    Reading
    Hull

    Reply
  5. urzz1871
    January 7, 2011

    QPR
    Brighton and Hove Albion
    Doncaster Rovers
    Millwall
    Barnsley

    Reply
  6. Lily
    January 7, 2011

    QPR
    Brighton & Hove
    Donny
    Barnsley
    Southampton

    Reply
  7. lincoln daniel
    January 7, 2011

    Reading, Doncaster Rover, Sheffield
    Wednesday, QPR, Cardiff City.

    Reply
  8. Matt C.
    January 7, 2011

    Brighton, Cardiff, Barnsley, Leyton Orient, Reading.

    Close to taking Peterborough, though.

    Reply
  9. Lloyd
    January 7, 2011

    Come on, David. Give us your predictions as well!

    QPR, Port Vale, Millwall, Reading (I’ll be at the game) and Leeds United.

    Reply
    • theseventytwo
      January 7, 2011

      I’m giving it careful consideration!!

      Cheers Lloyd, loved that Argyle comeback the other night after you logged off at 2-0 down after about 15 minutes!

      Reply
      • Lloyd
        January 7, 2011

        You’re telling me. I was too embarrassed to go back on twitter that evening. Red-faced after throwing my toys after 11 minutes!

        Reply
  10. Rob Hartnett
    January 7, 2011

    Not sure there will be many upsets and sadly cannot see QPR doing it but nothing like a free competition…
    Millwall, Brighton, Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading

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    • theseventytwo
      January 7, 2011

      Cheers Rob, hope you enjoyed the Warnock calendar!

      Happy New Year!

      Reply
      • Rob Hartnett
        January 10, 2011

        Shame you didn’t hold off until this weekend and the ‘sewer rat’ comments. Surely the binoculars to the official would have been December though the water bottle was pretty good as well. Hopefully it will be very calm now to the end of the season. Pretty chuffed to get four right here!!

        Reply
  11. Damon
    January 7, 2011

    Notoriously awful at predictions but I’d go for:

    Brighton
    Ipswich
    Doncater
    Millwall
    Barnsley

    Reply
  12. Duncan
    January 7, 2011

    cool, I’m up for this sort of thing.

    I’ll go with:
    Brighton
    Sheffield Wednesday
    Barnsley,
    Southampton,
    Notts County.

    aplogies ahead of time to fans of those teams.

    Reply
  13. JamieCutteridge
    January 7, 2011

    Sheffield United, Barnsley, Southampton, Cardiff, Millwall

    Reply
  14. Ethan
    January 7, 2011

    I predict a riot.

    Reply
  15. Jim
    January 7, 2011

    QPR
    Brighton
    Doncaster
    Southampton
    Barnsley

    Reply
  16. Tangerine Dreaming
    January 7, 2011

    Hmmm, let me see……
    Southampton
    Torquay
    Reading
    Hull City
    Peterborough

    Reply
  17. theseventytwo
    January 7, 2011

    GUEST PREDICTION VIA TWITTER:

    Kevin Davies (Bolton Wanderers) picks:

    Hull City
    Sheffield United
    Scunthorpe United
    Stevenage
    Preston North End – who, of course, are playing another Championship team, but we’ll let him off…

    Reply
  18. Neil Sherwin
    January 7, 2011

    Sheffield Wednesday
    Sheffield United
    Southampton
    Barnsley
    QPR

    Reply
  19. Duncan
    January 7, 2011

    Now that Kevin Davies is involved, can we get a wild card option of York beating Bolton? I’d take them for 20 points.

    Reply
    • theseventytwo
      January 7, 2011

      haha that’s going to complicate things!

      Reply
  20. Joel Murray
    January 7, 2011

    QPR
    Sheffield Wednesday
    Doncaster Rovers
    Barnsley
    Cardiff City

    Great stuff!

    Reply
  21. ke4no
    January 7, 2011

    QPR
    Reading
    Sheffield United
    Torquay United
    Barnsley

    Reply
  22. theseventytwo
    January 7, 2011

    Another one via Twitter from @davesargent

    Brighton, Burnley (assume he means Port Vale), Reading, Southampton, Barnsley

    Reply
  23. Tom H
    January 7, 2011

    QPR
    Leicester
    Cardiff
    Hull
    Brighton

    Reply
  24. Karl | footysphere
    January 7, 2011

    QPR -12
    BHA – 4
    Burton A – 6
    Donny – 6
    Barnsley -12

    Reply
  25. Linhem
    January 7, 2011

    QPR, Reading, Barnsley, Southampton & P’Boro.

    Having a contest on our own at – http://hyllman.fotbollskanalen.se/2011/01/07/cup-magic/ (Swedish site)

    Not trying to lure people away just appreciating your competition even though i think Boro’s being underestimated.

    Reply
    • theseventytwo
      January 7, 2011

      No problem! Glad you like the idea.

      I am very grateful for all the traffic you send my way from Scandinavia :-)

      Reply
      • Linhem
        January 7, 2011

        Hehe, i shouldn’t take credit for the idea as it is my “boss” whom came up with it, with boss i mean it’s his blog, i only contribute weekly about The Football League.

        But splendid idea and i often recommend your site.

        Reply
  26. John Verrall
    January 7, 2011

    Great idea… I’ll go for:

    Posh (because I’ve got to!)
    Hull
    Millwall
    Brighton
    Doncaster

    Reply
  27. Michael
    January 8, 2011

    QPR – 12 points
    Brighton – 4
    Reading – 6
    Southampton – 8
    Sheff Utd – 6

    Reply
  28. unitedite
    January 8, 2011

    QPR, Cardiff, Doncaster, Brighton , Southampton

    Definitely not the Blades!

    Reply
  29. theseventytwo
    January 8, 2011

    Right, mine are:

    Leeds
    Peterborough
    Port Vale
    QPR
    Sheffield United

    Reply

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