You may have noticed a distinct lack of that MAGIC (as in Magic of the Cup) lacking in this year's FA Cup. What are we to do?! Maybe we just need to realize that magic is supposed to be rare, not something expected. Here's Andi Thomas on that topic, and you should read it.
"Most football games are okay. Quite a lot are rubbish. A few are great. Some are surprising, though not many, for such is the nature of surprise. Approach a slate of games with this in mind and things will be okay. Approach it in a frothing state of manic magiclust and there's no way to be satisfied. The BBC and BT Sport spent a couple of weeks talking themselves into a situation where, essentially, one of Yeovil, Blyth Spartans and AFC Wimbledon had to beat, respectively, Manchester United, Birmingham City and Liverpool, otherwise everything would feel like a let down."
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FOOTBALL (all times GMT):
14.00: Serie A, 7th vs. 12th: AC Milan vs. Sassuolo
17.00: Serie A, 19th vs. 4th: Cesena vs. Napoli
19.45: FA Cup, third round: Everton vs. West Ham United
19.45: FA Cup, third round: Scunthorpe United vs. Chesterfield
20.00: Serie A, 1st vs. 11th: Juventus vs. Internazionale