FA Cup third round LIVE: Team news and goal updates with Chelsea, Newcastle and holders Leicester in action today


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The FA Cup third round takes centre stage on Saturday, with top-flight sides entering the competition from this point and several fixtures looking to have giant-killing potential across the weekend. Manchester City have already safely navigated their first hurdle, beating Swindon on Friday night, but the likes of Chelsea, Newcastle United and current holders Leicester City are all in action today.

Premier League managers look set to take very different paths in naming their teams for this weekend’s games, with some eyeing up a cup run and others prepared to rotate – sometimes out of necessity with Covid and injury absences hampering some teams. Antonio Conte has already suggested Tanguy Ndombele is likely to be handed an opportunity for Tottenham against Morecambe. “Tanguy is showing a good commitment, a good attitude in training sessions,” Conte said. “Probably he could play on Sunday in the FA Cup. I think every game is a good opportunity for every player that is not playing so much in the last period to show me that they deserve more consideration.”

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira on the other hand says he’ll name a full-strenght team for their game against Millwall, as they look to go deep in the competition. Follow all the team news, goals and updates from the FA Cup third round below:

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FA Cup latest – Burnley and Millwall take the lead

Jay Rodriguez is on the scoresheet and Premier League Burnly are in front after 28 minutes against Huddersfield.

It’s a fifth goal of the season for the 32-year-old, with all of his strikes coming in the domestic cup competitions so far.

Palace had been on top in their game at Millwall, but a facial injury to Conor Gallagher briefly halted their flow – and the home side have taken advantage to net through Benik Afobe just 18 minutes in after a terrible error by stand-in goalkeeper Jack Butland.

An awful touch and attempt to dribble between two forwards from the ‘keeper, giving Afobe an easy finish from seven yards out.

Half-time in the earliest start: Mansfield 0-2 Middlesbrough.

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FA Cup latest

Derby continue to push forward in search of the opener at Coventry; no goals there or between Bristol City and Fulham, Burnley and Huddersfield and, finally, Millwall against Palace, which is only 10 minutes in.

There were more disappointing boos from Millwall fans as players took a pre-match knee.

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Blackpool have taken the lead at Hartlepool! Keshi Anderson has them ahead just eight minutes in.

Derby have started in very positive fashion at Coventry but no goals as yet between the two Championship sides.

Millwall vs Crystal Palace will be underway in just a few minutes, the sixth of the early kick-offs.

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Kick-off in four FA Cup fixtures

We are underway at Bristol City, Burnley, Coventry and Hartlepool.

No Sean Dyche for the Clarets in the dugout after a positive Covid test, but they have gone with a full-strength line-up against Huddersfield.

Meanwhile it’s another goal and already 2-0 to Middlesbrough as a cut-back is swept home by Caolan Boyd-Munce after 14 minutes – they are well in control against Mansfield Town.

Karl Matchett8 January 2022 12:32

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Kick-off in four FA Cup fixtures

We are underway at Bristol City, Burnley, Coventry and Hartlepool.

No Sean Dyche for the Clarets in the dugout after a positive Covid test, but they have gone with a full-strength line-up against Huddersfield.

Meanwhile it’s another goal and already 2-0 to Middlesbrough as a cut-back is swept home by Caolan Boyd-Munce after 14 minutes – they are well in control against Mansfield Town.

Karl Matchett8 January 2022 12:32

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Goal! Mansfield 0-1 Middlesbrough

The first goal of the day comes for Uche Ikpeazu as he lashes in from distance to put Middlesbrough ahead at Mansfield!

Just four minutes on the clock at the Venue One Call Stadium.

Karl Matchett8 January 2022 12:23

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Why the FA Cup third round has never been more important

At Chesterfield’s Warminster Road training ground, they’ve been extra careful with the pitches over a chaotic Christmas period because they know the Stamford Bridge grass on Saturday will be so much better than what they’re used to, and the players need to adjust. Even in the modern game, such differences do still persist. So do traditional feelings about the FA Cup. The Chesterfield squad are giddy at the prospect of going to the home of the European champions.

“It sounds a bit surreal,” manager James Rowe said this week about his team’s trip to Chelsea. “We are back on the map, that is the most important thing.”

They’re also back on primetime TV, as are Swindon Town. Staff at the County Ground have been ensuring every corner of the stadium is spotless.

Miguel Delaney our Chief Football Writer explains why this year’s FA Cup is even more vital than usual to some sides.

Karl Matchett8 January 2022 12:22

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Full list of early FA Cup third round matches

Starting in a few minutes, it’s a full day of action across the country in the FA Cup. Here are the early kick-offs:

Mansfield Town vs Middlesbrough – 12:15pmBristol City vs Fulham – 12:30pmBurnley vs Huddersfield – 12:30pmCoventry City vs Derby County – 12:30pmHartlepool vs Blackpool – 12:30pmMillwall vs Crystal Palace – 12:45pm

Our main focus here will be on the latter game, a London derby, but we’ll keep you right up to date with every goal going in everywhere.

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Arsenal to wear special all-white kit for FA Cup tie in stand against teen violence

Arsenal will wear special all-white shirts this weekend as the Premier League club takes a stand against youth violence in London.

The stabbing of a 16-year-old boy at the end of last year was the 30th teenage murder in 2021 and came just as Arsenal was preparing to roll out its “No More Red” campaign.

The north London club’s players will wear all-white Adidas jerseys – drained of the club’s traditional red colors – for Sunday’s FA Cup match against Nottingham Forest.

“The white shirt is a symbol that can stand against knife crime,” said Jack Ironside, who has worked on Arsenal’s schemes in London communities for 15 years. “It’s devastating for individuals, it’s devastating for families and devastating for the communities that they live in.

“That trauma is lived by their friends and their families that live on. But what we’ve got an opportunity to do here is raise awareness and look at solutions – not answers. We don’t have the answer but positive contributions.”

Karl Matchett8 January 2022 12:05

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Crystal Palace going strong against Millwall

The Eagles will be missing three key players in Cheikhou Kouyate, Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha due to their Africa Cup of Nations commitments, but the Premier League club have no plans to rotate against the Sky Bet Championship outfit.

Vieira won the FA Cup five times as a player and is aware of how important the tournament is to Palace, who finished runners-up in 1990 and 2016.

“For me, it was always clear to put the best team on the field to compete,” the 45-year-old said. “It is a derby, it is the FA Cup and it will be challenging. We will need our best starting XI to compete and to try to win the game.

“This competition means a lot to the football club. We want to do well and obviously I am part of this football club, so we want to compete and we want to do well in the competition.

Full report ahead of kick-off:

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