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FA Cup 3rd Round matches: How to watch & stream EPL teams playing in 2021-2022

The Premier League will be taking a short hiatus to allow top flight clubs to begin their journeys in the 2021-22 FA Cup with the goal of reaching the final at Wembley Stadium on May 14.

The tournament has reached the Third Round, the juncture when all Premier League and Championship clubs enter the competition. Matches that end in a draw after 90 minutes will head to extra time and a penalty-kick shootout if necessary.

The complete Third Round schedule follows below. There are three matches of the 32 on tap which feature Premier League head-to-heads: Manchester United hosts Aston Villa at Old Trafford, while Leicester City welcomes Watford to the King Power Stadium and West Ham faces Leeds United.

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How to watch FA Cup 3rd Round matches

  • Dates: Friday, Jan. 7 through Monday, Jan. 10
  • TV Channels: None
  • Streaming: ESPN+ (subscription required)

The entirety of the FA Cup 3rd Round will be carried by ESPN+ throughout the weekend. The ESPN streaming platform has exclusive rights to the competition in the USA as well as England’s other domestic cup competition, the Carabao Cup or League Cup

The 32-match slate begins with Swindon Town vs. Manchester City on Friday, Jan. 7, while the marquee match between Manchester United and Aston Villa closes out the round. There will be 21 matches available during an eight-hour window on Saturday, Jan. 8.

And there’s a bonus for fans amid all the action: Sunday, Jan. 9 will also see the 4th Round draw streamed live at 11:50 a.m. ET, also on ESPN+.

FA Cup 3rd round matches (Jan. 7-10, 2022)

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

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

Lower-division teams are noted in parentheses in the schedule below: CH = Championship (second tier); L1 = League One (third tier); L2 = League Two (fourth tier); NL = National League (fifth tier), NLNS = National League North/South (sixth tier).

DateMatchTime (ET)Stream
Fri., Jan. 7Swindon Town (L2) vs. Manchester City3 p.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Mansfield Town (L2) vs. Middlesbrough (CH)7:15 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Hartlepool United (L2) vs. Blackpool (CH)7:30 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Bristol City (CH) vs. Fulham (CH)7:30 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Burnley vs. Huddersfield Town (CH)7:30 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Coventry City (CH) vs. Derby County (CH)7:30 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Millwall (CH) vs. Crystal Palace7:45 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Newcastle United vs Cambridge United (L1)10 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Peterborough United (CH) vs. Bristol Rovers (L2)10 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Barnsley (CH) vs. Barrow AFC (L2)10 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8West Brom (CH) vs. Brighton & Hove Albion10 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Leicester City vs. Watford10 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Kidderminster Harriers (NLNS) vs. Reading (CH)10 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Port Vale (L2) vs. Brentford10 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Wigan Athletic (L1) vs. Blackburn Rovers (CH)10 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Queens Park Rangers (CH) vs. Rotherham (L1)10 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Boreham Wood (NL) vs. AFC Wimbledon (L1)10 a.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Hull City (CH) vs. Everton12:30 p.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Chelsea vs. Chesterfield (NL)12:30 p.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Birmingham City (CH) vs. Plymouth Argyle (L1)12:30 p.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Swansea City (CH) vs. Southampton12:30 p.m.ESPN+
Sat., Jan. 8Yeovil Town (NL) vs. AFC Bournemouth (CH)12:45 p.m.ESPN+
Sun., Jan. 9Luton Town (CH) vs. Harrogate Town (L2)7:30 a.m.ESPN+
Sun., Jan. 9Stoke City (CH) vs. Leyton Orient (L2)9 a.m.ESPN+
Sun., Jan. 9Cardiff City (CH) vs. Preston North End (CH)9 a.m.ESPN+
Sun., Jan. 9Charlton Athletic (L1) vs. Norwich City9 a.m.ESPN+
Sun., Jan. 9Wolverhampton vs. Sheffield United (CH)9 a.m.ESPN+
Sun., Jan. 9West Ham United vs. Leeds United9 a.m.ESPN+
Sun., Jan. 9Tottenham Hotspur vs. Morecambe (L1)9 a.m.ESPN+
Sun., Jan. 9Liverpool vs. Shrewsbury Town (L1)9 a.m.ESPN+
Sun., Jan. 9Nottingham Forest (CH) vs. Arsenal12:10 p.m.ESPN+
Mon., Jan. 10Manchester United vs. Aston Villa2:55 p.m.ESPN+

When is the FA Cup 4th Round draw?

  • Date: Sunday, Jan. 9
  • Time: 11:50 a.m. ET
  • TV channel: None
  • Stream: ESPN+

Before the final results of the FA Cup third round are all in, the fourth-round draw will have already taken place. All 16 matchups for the weekend of Feb. 5-6 will be determined.

  • Fourth round: Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 5-6
  • Round of 16 (fifth round): Wednesday, March 2
  • Quarterfinals: Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20
  • Semifinals: Saturday, April 16
  • Final: Saturday, May 14

The Fourth Round draw will begin at 11:50 a.m. ET Sunday, prior to the Nottingham Forest vs. Arsenal match. The draw will also allow for a slot for the winner of the Aston Villa vs. Manchester United match that takes place a day later. 

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