FA Cup third round LIVE: Stream, scores, TV channel, updates from Millwall vs Crystal Palace & Leicester vs Watford

THE FA Cup third round is here!

The first two rounds of the competition have been and gone, and now the big boys have joined the party.

Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Man City all enter at this stage, as do the rest of the Premier League clubs.

City got their campaign underway on Friday night with a 4-1 win over Swindon Town.

And today there are 21 more fixtures on tap for fans to enjoy.


Follow ALL the action with our live blog below…

  • Nyle Smith

    Only the fools and horses

    Got to give credit to each and every supporter turning up to cheer on their beloved club this afternoon because it is freezing out there.

    It’s also good to see clubs all over the countries playing their part in keeping everyone safe by following health protocols.

  • Nyle Smith

    Leicester v Watford head to head

    Leicester last took on the Hornets in the FA Cup way back in February 1982 where a 2-0 victory made it four wins on the spin in the competition against Watford.

    However, Watford did get the better of the Foxes in most recent years during a Premier League clash but Leicester are leading the race in terms of overall wins which includes the 4-2 victory earlier on the campaign.

    Below is a snapshot of both teams stats against one another in the league which is still in the midlands sides favour of course but it reads a little better than the comparison of the stats for their FA Cup bouts if you are in the Watford corner.

  • Nyle Smith

    A stormy claud for Ranieri

    Claudio Ranieri has been dealt a huge blow ahead of his second return back to his former stomping ground King Power Stadium with Watford marksman Emmanuel Dennis sustaining a slight knock in the last match against Spurs.

    Fortunately for all Hornet supporters, the Watford gaffer confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Friday that: “It’s not too serious, I just want to preserve.”

    Ranieri has lost Ismaalia Sarr, Imran Louza, William Troost-Ekong and Adam Masina who have all gone to join up with their countries for the African Cup Of Nations. The Watford boss will also be without Peter Etebo whose quad is still troubling him and Kwadwo Baah because of an ankle issue.

    Looking further back on the field, defensive duo Kiko Femenia and Christian Kabasele are both struggling with leg problems whilst there are no further updates on Cameroon international Nicolas Nkoulo.

    As for Ben Foster, the Englishman will not be back on time for the match having picked up a groin injury towards the end of last year. However, fresh faces Hassane Kamara and Samir were assessed on Friday which could mean some game time for the defensive pair.

  • Nyle Smith

    No party for Jamie Vardy

    If Brendan Rodgers’ men are to progress in the FA Cup, they will have to do it without a number of their marquee members.

    Summer signing Patson Daka has been absent from the squad since the Carabao Cup Quarter-final loss to Leicester before Christmas, Kelechi Iheanacho is off on international duties with Nigeria at the African Cup Of Nations and Jonny Evans is still suffering with a foot issue.

    But the biggest blow to the Leicester boss is that he will be without his talisman Jamie Vardy for a minimum of eight weeks. Rodgers stated in his pre-match press conference that: “Jamie will be out for a number of weeks. It’s been unfortunate for him but we’re looking at up to eight weeks. He’ll be out for a period of time.

    “His [injury] is the higher end of the hamstring. You are looking into March. He doesn’t need an operation and that was the only good news from it.”

    On a brighter note, full-back Timothy Castagne could be handed a few minutes if the Belgium international can shake off his unsettling hamstring uncertainties.

  • Nyle Smith

    Early bird gets the worm

    Nice and punctual, things you love to see.

  • Nyle Smith

    This afternoons stand out tie

    Leicester would have probably hoped for a lesser opponent to kick-start their hunt in retaining the FA Cup this season but instead, Brendan Rodgers’ men have been paired with Premier League rivals Watford right from the off.

    The Hornets haven’t had a particularly good return to England’s top division which is evident in their chart positioning of 17th spot.

    However, the magic of the FA Cup produces a lot of upsets and the Foxes will be well aware of that because many wouldn’t have expected them to beat Manchester United on the way to pinching Chelsea to the big prize last season.

    Will the 2015 Premier League champions cruise through to the next round or will they be dethroned at the first hurdle?

    Stay alert for the updates on this fixture which is scheduled to take place at 15:00pm UK time.

  • Nyle Smith

    All fixtures across the board

    • Millwall v Crystal Palace – 12.45pm (ITV, ITV Hub)
    • Bristol City v Fulham – 12.30pm
    • Burnley v Huddersfield Town – 12.30pm
    • Coventry City v Derby County – 12.30pm
    • Hartlepool United v Blackpool – 12.30pm
    • Mansfield Town v Middlesbrough – 12.30pm
    • Barnsley v Ipswich Town/Barrow – 3pm
    • Birmingham City v Plymouth Argyle – 3pm
    • Boreham Wood v AFC Wimbledon – 3pm
    • Kidderminster Harriers v Reading – 3pm
    • Leicester City v Watford – 3pm
    • Newcastle United v Cambridge United – 3pm
    • Peterborough United v Bristol Rovers – 3pm
    • Port Vale v Brentford – 3pm
    • Queens Park Rangers v Rotherham United – 3pm
    • West Bromwich Albion v Brighton – 3pm
    • Wigan v Blackburn Rovers – 3pm
    • Hull City v Everton – 5.30pm (BBC ONE, BBC iPlayer)
    • Swansea City v Southampton – 5.30pm (BBC ONE Wales, BBC iPlayer)
    • Chelsea v Chesterfield – 5.30pm (BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer)
    • Yeovil Town v Bournemouth – 5.30pm (BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer)

    Welcome to the FA Cup third round

    Good morning SunSport community and welcome to our FA Cup third round live blog coverage where we will be bringing you ALL of the action from today’s encounters.

    This is the part where some extra spice is added to the competition because the Premier League teams have now entered the mix. Manchester City showed the gulf in class between the top tier sides and the lower league outfits when the champions of England turned up to Swindon and gave them a 4-1 drubbing on their own turf.

    It really was a lesson for the Robins who gave it their all and even managed to get themselves on the scoresheet but in truth, the tie was over within 30 minutes when City went 2-0 up.

    However, what has made footballs oldest competition so exciting since it was first premiered in 1871, is that nothing is guaranteed which is why as fans of this fantastic sport, we have witnessed plenty of upsets in years gone by.

    Championship club Millwall have an opportunity to emphasise on that point when they welcome Crystal Palace to The Den; likewise with National League side Chesterfield who will be travelling west of the capital to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    Those are just two of the many fixtures that we will be keeping tabs on this afternoon so make sure to stay tuned for some huge talking points, team news and of course, the live score-lines.

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