Stoke City launch their FA Cup campaign this weekend when they host Premier League high fliers Leicester at the bet365 Stadium.
There are 64 sides remaining in the draw, with 32 ties to be played between Friday (January 8) and Monday (January 11).
The third round gets under way with two all-Premier League clashes – Aston Villa v Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace – and will be concluded with Stockport County taking on West Ham United.
There have been a few changes to the format and rules of the FA Cup this season, partly due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s all you need to know…
Stoke City v Leicester pre-match trivia
- Stoke City last faced Leicester City in the FA Cup in the third round in 2013/14, winning 2-1 under Mark Hughes.
- The last three meetings between Stoke and Leicester at the bet365 Stadium have all ended 2-2, all in Premier League meetings between September 2015 and November 2017.
- After a run in which they progressed from seven consecutive FA Cup third round ties between 2009/10 and 2015/16, Stoke have been eliminated from their last four third round ties.
- Leicester have progressed from all five of their FA Cup ties against Championship opposition since they won promotion to the Premier League in 2014.
With a new national lockdown announced amid a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, football clubs are not immune and some ties could be at risk of postponement.
Derby County’s trip to Ollie Shenton’s Chorley is expected to go ahead, however, despite an outbreak ruling out a host of first teamers – with Academy director Darren Wassell expected to take under-23 and under-18s players.
If clubs do not have enough players available to fulfil a fixture, it will have to be called off.
Some reports suggest that if postponed matches cannot be rearranged before the fourth round, the affected team will have to forfeit, giving their opponent a bye.
Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that no club will automatically have to forfeit a game if they are hit by coronavirus, with each case to be assessed by the FA on its individual circumstances.
Clubs can name a maximum of nine substitutes for their ties, with teams permitted a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions during the match.
However, if a player suffers a concussion (or potential concussion), clubs shall be permitted to use an additional two substitutions.
There will be no replays in this season’s competition.
The FA introduced the measure “to assist in easing pressure on the football schedule and to ensure that domestic competitions can still be delivered”.
That means if the scores are level after 90 minutes, a period of 30 minutes extra time will be played.
If the sides still cannot be separated, the outcome will be determined by a penalty shoot-out.
Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will only be used in nine of the 32 third round ties.
They are the ones taking place at Premier League stadiums.
TV and live streaming
Fans in the UK will be able to watch all 32 ties, either on BBC and BT Sport and their digital channels or through The FA Player.
Eight fixtures will be live across the BBC’s platforms, 16 across BT Sport’s digital channels and the remaining eight fixtures broadcast free to supporters on the FA Player.
Here are the full details…
Friday 8 January 2021
Aston Villa v Liverpool (7.45pm) – BT Sport 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace (7.45pm) – BT Sport Extra 2
Saturday 9 January 2021
Boreham Wood v Millwall (12pm) – BT Sport Extra 3
Everton v Rotherham United (12pm) – BT Sport Extra 2
Norwich City v Coventry City (12pm) – BT Sport Extra 5
Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City (12pm) – BT Sport Extra 4
Luton Town v Reading (12pm) – BT Sport Extra 6
Chorley v Derby County (12.15pm) – BT Sport 1
Blackburn Rovers v Doncaster Rovers (3pm) – FA Player
Burnley v Milton Keynes Dons (3pm) – FA Player
Wycombe Wanderers v Preston North End (3pm) – FA Player
Stevenage v Swansea City (3pm) – BBC digital platforms
Queens Park Rangers v Fulham (3pm) – BBC digital platforms
Stoke City v Leicester City (3pm) – BBC digital platforms
Blackpool v West Bromwich Albion (3pm) – BT Sport Extra 3
Bristol Rovers v Sheffield United (3pm) – BT Sport Extra 4
Exeter City v Sheffield Wednesday (3pm) – BT Sport Extra 5
Oldham Athletic v AFC Bournemouth (3pm) – BT Sport Extra 6
Arsenal v Newcastle United (5.30pm) – BBC One
Huddersfield Town v Plymouth Argyle (6pm) – FA Player
Brentford v Middlesbrough (6pm) – FA Player
Manchester United v Watford (8pm) – BT Sport 1
Southampton v Shrewsbury Town (8pm) – BT Sport Extra 2
Sunday 10 January 2021
Chelsea v Morecambe (1.30pm) – BBC digital platforms
Manchester City v Birmingham City (1.30pm) – BBC digital platforms
Bristol City v Portsmouth (1.30pm) – FA Player
Cheltenham Town v Mansfield Town (1.30pm) – FA Player
Barnsley v Tranmere Rovers (1.30pm) – FA Player
Crawley Town v Leeds United (1.30pm) – BBC One
Marine v Tottenham Hotspur (5pm) – BBC One
Newport County v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm) – BT Sport 1
Monday 11 January 2021
Stockport County v West Ham United (8pm) – BT Sport 1
Third round draw in full
Huddersfield Town v Plymouth Argyle
Southampton v Shrewsbury Town
Chorley v Derby County
Marine v Tottenham Hotspur
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace
Stockport County v West Ham United
Oldham Athletic v Bournemouth
Manchester United v Watford
Stevenage v Swansea
Everton v Rotherham
Nottingham Forest v Cardiff
Arsenal v Newcastle
Barnsley v Tranmere Rovers
Bristol Rovers v Sheffield United
Boreham Wood v Millwall
Blackburn Rovers v Doncaster
Stoke City v Leicester
Wycombe v Preston
Crawley v Leeds
Burnley v MK Dons
Bristol City v Portsmouth
QPR v Fulham
Aston Villa v Liverpool
Brentford v Middlesbrough
Manchester City v Birmingham
Luton v Reading
Chelsea v Morecambe
Exeter v Sheffield Wednesday
Norwich v Coventry
Blackpool v West Brom
Newport County v Brighton
Cheltenham v Mansfield
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Fourth round proper: Saturday 23 January 2021
Fifth round proper: Wednesday 10 February 2021
Quarter-finals: Saturday 20 March 2021
Semi-finals: Saturday 17 April 2021
The final: Saturday 15 May 2021
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