The draw for the Third Round of this season’s FA Cup was made on Monday evening with a number of fascinating ties being produced.
The remaining clubs from SkyBet Leagues One and Two and non league were met in the draw by 44 clubs from the Premier League and the SkyBet Championship.
The72 takes a look at the draw to identify three of the most likely upsets from the Third Round ties which will be played on the weekend of 6-9 January 2017.
Millwall v AFC Bournemouth
SkyBet League One outfit Millwall will have no fears when they welcome the Premier League Cherries to The New Den. The Lions are in the hunt for promotion back to the second tier and the home fans can certainly produce a fiery atmosphere to help roar their side on to victory.
Visitors AFC Bournemouth’s main aim is a further extended spell in the top flight and this may mean that manager Eddie Howe will rest some of his first team stars for the trip to South London. Millwall are unbeaten in five matches on home soil and will fancy their chances of making the Fourth Round.
Barrow v Rochdale
National League side Barrow have been handed the perfect opportunity to reach the next round of the competition with a home fixture against Rochdale. Their open Holker Street ground can be wet, windy and freezing cold in winter and will provide the perfect stage for an upset.
The Bluebirds are enjoying an excellent run of form which has seen Paul Cox’s side avoid defeat in their last 21 matches in all competitions. Opponents Rochdale are flying high themselves in SkyBet League One but nobody wants to play Barrow at the minute and this could be a difficult fixture for The Dale.
Sutton United v AFC Wimbledon
Two of the FA Cup’s most famous names go head-to-head in a local derby at Gander Green Lane when Sutton United of The National League host SkyBet League One outfit AFC Wimbledon.
The Dons needed four late goals at National League North outfit Curzon Ashton on Sunday to avoid an upset in the Second Round and a Third Round tie on an artificial surface could prove even tougher for Neil Ardley’s side.
Sutton United’s victory over Cheltenham Town on Saturday brought back memories of a famous giant-killing against Coventry City and The U’s are ready to write cup history again.
AFC Wimbledon have recovered well following a slow start to the season but the formbook counts for nothing in this Third Round tie with derby bragging rights being top of the agenda.