FA Cup trophy
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The FA Cup third round draw has been announced after the second round matches were concluded over the past weekend and now the big boys will be entering the scene.

The Premier League and the Championship sides were part of the draw for the third round proper and the fixture list has already put forward some major encounters.

When will the FA Cup third round be played?

The FA Cup third round will be played on(as of now) the 8th of January 2022 at all the matches will kick off at the same time i.e 15:00 BST.

The dates and the timings of some of the games could change depending on replays and broadcast schedules.

FA Cup third round fixtures:

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

Matches to look out for:

The FA Cup third round has some really interesting games to watch out for and perhaps two of the most competitive games will West Ham United vs Leeds and Leicester City vs Watford.

Both these sides are from the top tier of English football so they are pretty evenly matched. And in terms of the second game, Claudio Ranieri will have the chance to upset his former employers.

Liverpool and Chelsea should have fairly routine nights playing Chesterfield and Shrewsbury Town but Manchester United will take on Steven Gerrard’s Aston Vila – a game which could have a few sparks.

Full fixture list courtesy FA’s official website.