How to watch FA Cup 3rd round - kick-off times, TV channel and live streams
Thr FA Cup third round gets underway this weekend with six fixtures televised live on the BBC and ITV.
Teams from the top two tiers of English football are entering this year’s competition for the first time, with 11 of the 12 televised clubs playing their first FA Cup matches of the season.
No non-league clubs are being shown live on terrestrial television, a decision that has provoked anger in some quarters, and each televised club will receive an £85,000 fee.
Saturday’s matches between Yeovil Town vs Bournemouth, Swansea vs Southampton and Chelsea vs Chesterfield – all of which kick off at 5.30pm – are being shown on BBC iPlayer and the red button.
The first match of the round sees Premier League leader Manchester City travel to League Two Swindon Town.
The match will go ahead despite 21 members of City’s first-team bubble going in self-isolation, including head coach Pep Guardiola and assistant Juanma Lillo.
Swindon are flying high in 5th in the fourth tier and, following financial issues in the summer, have established a strong bond under new manager Ben Garner.
They are the only televised club to have played in a previous round, defeating Crewe Alexandra 3-0 in the first round and Walsall 2-1 in the second.
This south London derby offers a tantalising lunchtime prospect, with a baying home crowd guaranteed as two sides who have struggled to establish consistent runs of good form going head to head.
Despite the absence of Wilfried Zaha, Cheikhou Kouyate and Jordan Ayew on Africa Cup of Nations duty, Crystal Palace have been boosted by the return of Conor Gallagher ahead of their trip to the Den.
A five-time winner as a player, Patrick Vieira is managing his first FA Cup match as a manager.
It has now been five years since Hull City were in the Premier League and Grant McCann’s side are only just keeping their heads above the Championship drop zone, having won promotion from League One as champions last season.
Defeat would only add to the pressure on Everton boss Rafa Benitez, whose side have won just once in their last 10, with newly signed full-backs Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson both in the running to make their debuts.
Leeds and the FA Cup have not gone well together in recent seasons. They have not won a single match in the competition under Marcelo Bielsa and ignominiously lost 3-0 to Crawley Town last season.
Their opponents, 5th-placed West Ham, will be starting their last campaign in the competition under the captaincy of Mark Noble, who has spoken of his desire to win the cup.
He said: “That would certainly be a memorable end to an unforgettable career, and a special moment not just for me but for everyone associated with our great football club.”
Nottingham Forest and Arsenal have been fairly frequent opponents in cup competitions in recent years, meeting three times in the past six seasons.
Forest were unbeaten in nine but have since suffered back-to-back defeats ahead of the visit of Mikel Arteta’s resurgent Arsenal side.
Sunday’s tea-time fixture will see the Gunners wear a special all-white kit as part of an initiative to target youth knife crime in London.
Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho are in for a vocal reception when they return to Old Trafford on Monday night.
After an initial strong start under Gerrard, Villa’s form has slipped ever so slightly, while United’s unbeaten start under Ralf Rangnick came to an end on Monday with defeat to Wolves.
The FA Cup is perhaps the most realistic chance United have of winning some silverware this season, with captain Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof possible returnees to a strengthened backline.