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King of Stats: HRH lends his magic touch to the FA Cup third round

| 02.01.2014

Loyal subjects, it’s time to welcome back that most jumpers-for-goalposts haven of cliché-tastic football folklore, the FA Cup third round.

Myth and legend are two of the King of Stats’ very favourite things, but as a man who understands his populace he’d rather save you the purple prose, bestowing instead the gift of punting pointers.

15 – Fulham’s politeness has no little bounds this term, with the Cottagers saying “after you” in the goalscoring stakes in all but five of their 20 league games.

Hosts Norwich City are 7/10 to rustle the onion bag first.

14 – Ross McCormack has notched 14 goals in his last 15 outings for Leeds United.

He’s as short as 7/2 to open the scoring when the Whites play Rochdale at Spotland.

12 – A dozen goals were scored without reply by Manchester City in FA Cup action against Championship outfits in three matches last season.

The Citizens are 10/11 to register over 2.5 goals against Blackburn.

5 – Oldham have met Liverpool and their Merseyside rivals Everton five times in the FA Cup over the last two seasons.

The total match goals have topped 3.5 on every occasion and it’s 10/11 that they do once more when the Latics visit Anfield.

3 – Barnsley have won just three of their 27 matches in all competitions this term and they’ve lost three of their last four at Oakwell.

Coventry are 2/1 to rep their League One endz with an upset victory.

2 – Emmanuel Adebayor has notched on both his returns to the Emirates as a Tottenham player.

The Tim Sherwood-rejuvenated Togolese is 5/2 to add to a haul of four goals in his last five games at any time against Arsenal.

1 – Just one of the past six seasons have seen West Ham earn a fourth round spot in the FA Cup.

Nottingham Forest are their hosts this year and they must justify 13/10 favouritism to dispose of the Hammers.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Thomas Reynolds