World football’s most prestigious domestic cup competition reaches the third round stage as the journey to Wembley continues towards FA Cup glory.
As the big guns from the Premier League and the Championship enter the fray, ITV and ESPN will screen five Third Round ties between them over the first weekend of January 2013.
The draw for the Fourth Round will take place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, January 6 and will be broadcast live on ITV1 and ESPN.
Full details the live FA Cup 3rd Round ties on TV below:
Sat 5 Jan – BRIGHTON v NEWCASTLE UTD - 12:30 - ITV1 Sat 5 Jan - WEST HAM v MANCHESTER UTD - 17:15 – ITV1
ITV presents live action from the Third Round of the FA Cup with a double-header on Saturday, January 5, as Premier League teams play their first games in the competition.
Gus Poyet’s Championship contenders Brighton and Hove Albion will play host to Premier League side Newcastle United in the first live FA Cup third-round tie on ITV1 in the New Year (kick-off 12.30pm).
The Seagulls will entertain Alan Pardew’s north-east outfit in a repeat of last year’s fourth-round tie that the south coast team edged 1-0.
Matt Smith presents live coverage from the Amex Stadium with Gordon Strachan on hand to provide analysis on the game’s key moments, Peter Drury and Jim Beglin will be in the commentary box and Ned Boulting will be the pitchside reporter.
Following that will be the all-Premier League clash between West Ham United and Manchester United from Upton Park (kick-off 5.15pm).
The two sides last met in the world’s most famous club cup competition in January 2003 when United thumped the Hammers 6-0 in revenge for a 1-0 defeat two years prior.
The Red Devils have won the FA Cup more times than anyone else – 11 times in the tournament’s history – but have not won it since 2004.
Adrian Chiles presents the game at Upton Park alongside pundits Lee Dixon and Gareth Southgate. Clive Tyldesley is joined by Andy Townsend in the commentary box, with pitchside reports and interviews from Gabriel Clarke.
Both matches will be screened live and exclusively on ITV1 and online via itv.com/football.
In addition to its two live ties, ITV will also screen comprehensive highlights of all the Third Round ties on Saturday evening, and a further highlights programme on Sunday.
Sun 6 Jan - SWANSEA CITY v ARSENAL - 13:30 – ESPN Sun 6 Jan - MANSFIELD TOWN v LIVERPOOL - 16:00 – ESPN Mon 7 Jan - CHELTENHAM TOWN v EVERTON - 19:45 – ESPN
ESPN will have live coverage of three games from FA Cup Third Round as the nation’s biggest teams enter the knock-out competition.
A double-header on Sunday, January 6, sees Swansea City host Arsenal, followed by a line-up of two potential giantkillings as Lincoln or Mansfield take on Liverpool, then on Monday, January 7, Cheltenham Town welcome Everton.
Swansea welcome the Gunners to the Liberty Stadium (kick-off 1.30pm) just over a month after handing them a shock 2-0 home defeat in the Premier League.
The Gunners have lifted the FA Cup 10 times, and four times in Arsene Wenger’s reign, but haven’t reached the final since 2005.
Brian Laudrup’s Swans are currently riding higher in the league than Arsenal and will be looking to continue their impressive form over the north Londoners, having beaten them in two out of three meetings since their return to the top flight.
This will be the sides’ first meeting in the FA Cup since 1968, a game which Arsenal won 1-0.
That game is followed by Liverpool’s tricky third round trip to Blue Square Bet Premier side Mansfield Town (kick-off 4.00pm).
Mansfield reached the Third Round after beating fellow conference side Lincoln City 2-1 in a replay, having played out a 3-3 draw in the original tie.
The Stags now face a visit from the Premier League giants and seven-time cup winners, who reached the final of last year’s competition, where they lost 2-1 to Chelsea.
Brendan Rodgers will be keen to add to the club’s illustrious history in his first season in charge at Anfield.
The live action on ESPN closes out on Monday, January 7, when 1995 FA Cup winners Everton travel to face Cheltenham Town as they also look to avoid a potential giantkilling (kick-off 7.45pm).
David Moyes’ men last reached the final in 2009, losing 2-1 to Chelsea, while they progressed to the semi-finals last season, losing a Merseyside derby at Wembley to Liverpool.
Cheltenham, who currently sit in the automatic promotion places in League Two, made it to the Third Round of the tournament last season, where they lost to Spurs.
They progressed through into the Third Round after beating Hereford United in a replay 2-1 after extra time.
Simon Potter, head of programming and production, ESPN, EMEA, said: “The Third Round of The FA Cup is one of the most highly anticipated weekends of the British football calendar and we’re delighted to be able to share that with our viewers.
“The draw has thrown up some outstanding fixtures that highlight how truly unique and diverse the FA Cup is.
“In one weekend, ESPN will bring fans some true David versus Goliath match-ups, as well as an all-Premier League clash with a recent history for shock results.”
Saturday 5th January Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United - 3rd Round Kick-off: 12:30 | LIVE: 12.00pm-3.00pm – ITV1 West Ham United v Manchester United - 3rd Round Kick-off: 17:15 | LIVE: 4.30pm-7.15pm – ITV1 FA Cup 3rd Round Highlights Featured games: Macclesfield v Cardiff City Southampton v Chelsea Peterborough United v Norwich City 11.00pm-12.30am - ITV1 Sunday 6th January Swansea City v Arsenal - 3rd Round Kick-off: 13:30 | LIVE: 12.30pm-3.45pm - ESPN FA Cup 4th Round Draw LIVE: 3.30pm-3.45pm – ITV1 CLICK HERE for Draw Numbers Mansfield Town v Liverpool - 3rd Round Kick-off: 16:00 | LIVE: 3.45pm-6.30pm - ESPN Includes 4th Round Draw (6.00pm approx) FA Cup 3rd Round Highlights 10.45pm-11.45pm - ITV1 Monday 7th January Cheltenham Town v Everton - 3rd Round Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.00pm-10.15pm - ESPN CLICK HERE for full FA Cup Third Round fixture list . .
ITV′s live FA Cup coverage, as well additional video clips, interviews and analysis, is available to watch for free via the ITV football website - CLICK HERE
There is no live online streaming of ESPN’s live games, but users can read the latest reports and follow all the action via live text commentaries at ESPN.co.uk.. .
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ITV will broadcast the pick of the first and second round games, with subscription channel ESPN screening at least two live matches per round, as well as replays if required.
From rounds three to six, ITV1 will show the 1st and 4th pick games, and ESPN will have 2nd and 3rd picks, with a fifth choice match also available (except round six).
The first pick of the replays during this phase of the competition will be shown on ITV1, with additional matches on ESPN.
ITV also has first pick of the semi-finals with the other screened by ESPN.
Both channels will share live coverage of the 2013 FA Cup Final at Wembley next May.
Selected matches featuring Welsh clubs will be shown live on Welsh-language channel S4C.
BBC Radio 5 live and new FA Cup radio rights holders talkSPORT will broadcast selected live commentaries from the competition throughout the season.