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Fixtures schedule, dates, TV coverage and standout ties to look out for


Non-league Chesterfield head to Chelsea and Manchester City travel to Swindon Town in the pick of FA Cup third-round ties.

Liverpool host Shrewsbury Town, holders Leicester are at home to Watford, while another all-Premier League tie sees Manchester United welcome Aston Villa to Old Trafford.

Chesterfield are currently top of the National League, and the trip to Stamford Bridge is a reward for their 2-0 victory over Salford City in the second round on Sunday.

It will be a big cash boost for Chesterfield, as clubs outside the Premier League or English Football League receive 55 per cent of gate receipts.

A number of EFL clubs will also benefit from their away days next month, with the ties taking place from 7-10 January.

That is the case for a trio of League One clubs in particular. On top of Shrewsbury heading to Anfield, Morecambe go to Tottenham, while Cambridge United travel to Newcastle United. Clubs in the top four tiers take home a 45 per cent share of net gate receipts.

Elsewhere, Arsenal are away to Nottingham Forest, while West Ham face Leeds United in a third all-Premier League match.

National League North side Kidderminster Harriers have a home tie against Reading. Ipswich Town and Barrow will play their second-round replay next Tuesday.

How to watch FA Cup this season

The FA Cup will be entirely free-to-air for viewers in the UK this season, with ITV signing a four-year broadcast deal to share coverage with the BBC.

When is the FA Cup third round?

The fixtures will take place from 7 to 10 January, with at least one tie typically chosen for television coverage on both the Friday and Monday.

FA Cup third round fixtures on TV

The following matches will be shown on live TV, subject to change.

Friday 7 January:

  • Swindon vs Man City, ITV (8pm)

Saturday 8 January:

  • Millwall vs Crystal Palace, ITV (12.45pm)
  • Hull vs Everton, BBC One (5.30pm)

Sunday 9 January:

  • West Ham vs Leeds, ITV (2.15pm)
  • Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal, (ITV, 5.30pm)

Monday 10 January:

  • Man Utd vs Aston Villa, BBC One (7.55pm)

The remaining schedule for the other third round matches taking place will be announced in due course, but all games are to be played over the weekend of Saturday 8 January.

FA Cup third round draw in full

  • Boreham Wood or St Albans City vs AFC Wimbledon
  • Yeovil Town vs Bournemouth
  • Stoke City vs Leyton Orient
  • Swansea City vs Southampton
  • Chelsea vs Chesterfield
  • Liverpool vs Shrewsbury Town
  • Cardiff City vs Preston North End
  • Coventry City vs Derby County
  • Burnley vs Huddersfield Town
  • West Bromwich Albion vs Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Kidderminster Harriers vs Reading
  • Leicester City vs Watford
  • Mansfield Town vs Middlesbrough
  • Hartlepool United vs Blackpool
  • Hull City vs Everton
  • Bristol City vs Fulham
  • Tottenham Hotspur vs Morecambe
  • Millwall vs Crystal Palace
  • Port Vale vs Brentford
  • Swindon Town vs Manchester City
  • Wigan Athletic vs Blackburn Rovers
  • Luton Town vs Harrogate Town
  • Birmingham City vs Plymouth Argyle
  • Manchester United vs Aston Villa
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Sheffield United
  • Newcastle United vs Cambridge United
  • Barnsley vs Ipswich Town or Barrow
  • Peterborough United vs Bristol Rovers
  • West Ham United vs Leeds United
  • Queens Park Rangers vs Rotherham United
  • Charlton Athletic vs Norwich City
  • Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal

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