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Newcastle United v Rochdale


Aaron Wilbraham’s late equaliser at the Crown Oli Arena gained Rochdale a draw and a second bite at a giant-killing act at St James’ Park, but I expect to see Newcastle make it through to the 4th round without too much fuss.

The Magpies picked up a good point at Wolves at the weekend with Miguel Almiron finding the back of the net for the second game in a row.

The Paraguayan looks to be finally fulfilling the promise he showed in the MLS with Atlanta United and with his national side. The goal at Molineux was his third in his last six games in all competitions.

Dale beat Bolton at home at the weekend to give them a much-needed three points, and I feel they will be able to concentrate on maintaining their League One status after their visit to the north east.

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Spurs to win and both teams to score

Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough

Spurs did have their late opportunities to salvage a point against Liverpool on Saturday evening, but they were outplayed for long periods of the game and the Reds could, and probably should, have been out of sight at halftime at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

I don’t expect this current Spurs side to just roll over a Boro side who are unbeaten in a month and won at Championship leaders West Brom in the period.

Boro were travelling down to London on Monday and staying in the capital until the weekend, given they face a massive game in the Championship against Fulham on Friday evening.

Manager Jonathan Woodgate and all at the Riverside know that a good second half of the campaign could still see them make the playoffs and the league is their priority, but former Spurs players Woodgate and his assistant Robbie Keane will make sure their side give a good account of themselves back in north London.

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Manchester United to win

Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers


Manchester United have scored four times in their last two home league games, but I feel two might be enough to see them through to the 4th Round against a Wolves side who have gone a bit cold in front of goal in recent weeks – just two scored in their last four winless games.

The original tie 10 days ago at Molineux was a disappointing affair, but I would be surprised if we saw a similar game at Old Trafford.

When they are on song, United have pace and quality in abundance, although they remain light on numbers and class in midfield. I expect United to win a cracking Cup tie and go into the weekend game at Anfield on the front foot.

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