The FA Cup third round is always one of the most highly anticipated weekends in the footballing calendar.
The first week back at work in the New Year can often be a slow affair as people work their way back up from the Christmas break. There is no such warming up period in the Premier League though as Arsenal and Chelsea will find out on Wednesday night.
There were very few highlights for Slaven Bilic in 2017. A culmination of poor performances from his West Ham side saw him relieved of his duties as the club’s manager but amongst all the tough days he could at least enjoy the Irons’ comeback win against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
The New Year is a time of reflection. For everybody involved with Brighton and Bournemouth there is certainly a huge number of recent positives on which to reflect.
Jose Mourinho’s team were the clear favourites to beat the Clarets at Old Trafford but had to rely on a very late Jesse Lingard goal to salvage a point.