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David versus Goliath FA Cup match-ups

AAP logoAAP 5/01/2017

EPL TEAMS AGAINST LOWER-LEAGUE RIVALS IN THE FA CUP

MANCHESTER UNITED-READING

United's cup defence begins with a reunion as former defender Jaap Stam returns to Old Trafford. The Dutchman won the cup in United's 1998-99 treble-winning season along with the Premier League and Champions League.

"I'm not going to make a big thing of it because I'm not going to be waving," Stam said.

That's because the next time he returns to United he hopes it is because Reading, currently third in the Championship, is back in the Premier League.

TOTTENHAM-ASTON VILLA

Steve Bruce, whose Hull side lost the 2014 final to Arsenal, is midway through his first season at Aston Villa. There's little doubt his main task is returning the team to the Premier League but it is a place below Preston in 12th place and seven points from the playoff spots.

Tottenham is likely to use the cup on Sunday as a chance to rest the key players behind the five-match league winning run, crowned by the victory over Chelsea on Wednesday that lifted Mauricio Pochettino's side to third.

LIVERPOOL-PLYMOUTH

It's second in the Premier League versus second in the fourth tier at Anfield on Sunday. And it's Juergen Klopp's first taste of the FA Cup, but the Liverpool manager is likely to use the game to test the depth of his squad and give game time to youngsters.

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