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FA Cup third round matches: how to watch and broadcast the EPL teams playing in 2021-2022

FA Cup third round matches: how to watch and broadcast the EPL teams playing in 2021-2022

The Premier League will take a short hiatus to allow top clubs to begin their journey in the 2021-22 FA Cup with the aim of reaching the final at Wembley Stadium on May 14.

The tournament has reached the third round, the point when all Premier League and Championship clubs enter the competition. Matches that end in a draw after 90 minutes will end with extra time and penalties if necessary.

The full schedule for the third round follows below. Three of the 32 players on the line have duels in the Premier League: Manchester United host Aston Villa at Old Trafford, Leicester City host Watford at King Power Stadium and West Ham take on Leeds United.

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How to watch FA Cup third round matches

  • Appointment: From Friday January 7 to Monday January 10
  • TV channels: Nothing
  • Diffusion: ESPN + (subscription required)

The entire FA Cup third round will be worn by ESPN + throughout the weekend. The ESPN streaming platform owns the exclusive rights to the competition in the United States as well as the other England National Cup competition, the Carabao Cup or the League Cup.

The 32-game roster includes 21 games over an eight-hour window on Saturday, January 8. The flagship match between Manchester United and Aston Villa wraps up the round on Monday 10 January.

And there’s a bonus for fans in the midst of all the action: Sunday, January 9, will also see the Fourth Round draw broadcast live at 11:50 a.m. ET, also on ESPN +.

FA Cup third round matches (January 7-10, 2022)

Sixty-four teams are in action in the FA Cup third round, most of them coming from the top two divisions of English football:

  • English Premier League (first level): 20 clubs
  • English Championship (second level): 24 clubs
  • Ligue 1 (third level): 8 clubs
  • League two (fourth level): 8 clubs
  • National League (fifth level): 3 clubs (Boreham Wood, Chesterfield, Yeovil Town)
  • National League North / South (sixth level): 1 club (Kidderminster Harriers)

The lower division teams are noted in brackets in the schedule below: CH = Championship (second level); L1 = Ligue 1 (third level); L2 = League Two (fourth level); NL = National League (fifth level), NLNS = National League North / South (sixth level).

Dated Match Time (ET) Flux
Fri Jan 7 Town of Swindon (L2) 1, Manchester city 4
Sat 8 Jan Mansfield Town (L2) v Middlesbrough (CH) 7:15 a.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Hartlepool United (L2) v Blackpool (CH) 7:30 ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Bristol City (CH) v Fulham (CH) 7:30 ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Burnley v Huddersfield Town (CH) 7:30 ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Coventry City (CH) v Derby County (CH) 7:30 ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Millwall (CH) v Crystal Palace 7:45 a.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Newcastle United v Cambridge United (L1) 10:00 a.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Peterborough United (CH) v Bristol Rovers (L2) 10:00 a.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Barnsley (CH) v Barrow AFC (L2) 10:00 a.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan West Brom (CH) v Brighton & Hove Albion 10:00 a.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Leicester City v Watford 10:00 a.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Kidderminster Harriers (NLNS) v Reading (CH) 10:00 a.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Port Vale (L2) v Brentford 10:00 a.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Wigan Athletic (L1) vs. Blackburn Rovers (CH) 10:00 a.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Queens Park Rangers (CH) v Rotherham (L1) 10:00 a.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Boreham Wood (NL) v AFC Wimbledon (L1) 10:00 a.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Hull City (CH) v Everton 12:30 p.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Chelsea v Chesterfield (NL) 12:30 p.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Birmingham City (CH) v Plymouth Argyle (L1) 12:30 p.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Swansea City (CH) v Southampton 12:30 p.m. ESPN +
Sat 8 Jan Yeovil Town (NL) v AFC Bournemouth (CH) 12:45 p.m. ESPN +
Sun Jan 9 Luton Town (CH) v Harrogate Town (L2) 7:30 ESPN +
Sun Jan 9 Stoke City (CH) v Leyton Orient (L2) 9h00 ESPN +
Sun Jan 9 Cardiff City (CH) v Preston North End (CH) 9h00 ESPN +
Sun Jan 9 Charlton Athletic (L1) v Norwich City 9h00 ESPN +
Sun Jan 9 Wolverhampton v Sheffield United (CH) 9h00 ESPN +
Sun Jan 9 West Ham United v Leeds United 9h00 ESPN +
Sun Jan 9 Tottenham Hotspur v Morecambe (L1) 9h00 ESPN +
Sun Jan 9 Liverpool v Shrewsbury Town (L1) 9h00 ESPN +
Sun Jan 9 Nottingham Forest (CH) v Arsenal 12:10 ESPN +
Mon Jan 10 Manchester United v Aston Villa 2:55 p.m. ESPN +

When is the FA Cup fourth round draw?

  • Dated: Sunday January 9
  • Time: 11:50 a.m. ET
  • TV channel: Nothing
  • Flux: ESPN +

By the time the final results of the FA Cup third round are known, the draw for the fourth round will have already taken place. The 16 games for the weekend of February 5-6 will be determined.

  • Fourth round: Saturday-Sunday, February 5 and 6
  • round of 16 (fifth round): Wednesday March 2
  • Quarter-finals: Saturday-Sunday March 19-20
  • Semi-finals: Saturday April 16
  • Final: saturday 14 may

The fourth round draw will start at 11:50 a.m. ET on Sunday, ahead of the Nottingham Forest game against Arsenal. The draw will also leave a place for the winner of the Aston Villa game against Manchester United which will take place a day later.

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