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Now more than ever, pubs and clubs across the UK will be looking forward to a new year and the opportunities it can bring.
And there are few days in the sporting calendar that offer as much optimism as the FA Cup Third Round.
The giants from the Premier League and Championship join the fray and give non-league clubs and journeymen pros the chance to take on greats of the game. And we will be bringing you more live action than ever before from one of the most frenzied football days of the year.
We’ll be screening five live games across the weekend on our main channels with a further 11 available to pubs via the red button.
This means you can pick and choose the games that you think will be the best for your business. And with no replays scheduled it means the drama of shocks and penalty shoot outs are even more likely to take place.
Here’s what’s on our FA Cup menu…
Friday January 8
Aston Villa vs Liverpool, 7.45pm, BT Sport 1
Wolves vs Crystal Palace, 7.45pm, BT Sport Extra
We kick off with two all Premier League clashes.
Our first tie sees two of the competition’s most successful clubs – with seven wins apiece – go head to head.
Seven is a magic number for Villa as that was how many they incredibly put past the champions in the league earlier in the season. Liverpool may be out to avenge that humiliation.
Meanwhile, you can also opt to see if Wolves can get the better of the Eagles. The home side have won the competition four times, but their most recent triumph was 60 years ago.
Saturday January 9 – lunchtime
Chorley vs Derby County, 12.15pm, BT Sport 1
Everton vs Rotherham, 12pm, BT Sport Extra
Boreham Wood vs Millwall, 12pm, BT Sport Extra
Nottingham Forest vs Cardiff City, 12pm, BT Sport Extra
Norwich City vs Coventry City, 12pm, BT Sport Extra
Luton Town vs Reading, 12pm BT Sport Extra
Just the six games for you to choose from this Saturday lunchtime then… The pick of the bunch sees Chorley take on Derby County.
Up to now, the Lancashire town is probably better known for the fictional radio station Chorley FM that appeared on Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights – but this is a chance to put Chorley FC on the map.
Derby’s interim manager Wayne Rooney is an FA Cup winner and has achieved more than most could dream of in the game, but a trip to Chorley’s Victory Park is likely to be a new experience for England’s record goal scorer.
Saturday January 9 – afternoon
Blackpool vs West Brom, 3pm, BT Sport Extra
Bristol Rovers vs Sheffield United, 3pm BT Sport Extra
Exeter City vs Sheffield Wednesday, 3pm, BT Sport Extra
Oldham Athletic vs Bournemouth, 3pm BT Sport Extra
Keep on top of the traditional 3pm kick offs with games available on the red button. The two Sheffield teams have endured a tough season so far and will be looking to avoid an early FA Cup departure to lower league sides.
Saturday January 9 – evening
Man Utd vs Watford, 8pm, BT Sport 1
Southampton vs Shrewsbury, 8pm, BT Sport Extra
Our epic FA Cup Saturday concludes with the final two games of a day that features no fewer than 12 live broadcasts.
Manchester United will be hoping to add to their 12 FA Cup triumphs when they start the road to Wembley against Watford.
Over on the red button Southampton host Shrewsbury.
Sunday January 10
Newport County vs Brighton & Hove Albion, BT Sport 1, 7.45pm
The last place any Premier League side is likely to want to go to is Newport. Leicester came a cropper there a few years back and 12 months later Spurs were forced to a replay. Brighton, with troubles of their own in the league, could be forgiven for heading to this clash with a sense of trepidation.
Monday January 11
Stockport County vs West Ham, BT Sport 1, 8pm
What better way to end our Third Round coverage than with a Premier League side facing a non-league team under the lights? Stockport will be looking to pull off one of the shocks of the round by bursting the bubble of the in-form Hammers.
- Let your customers know about all of the live football coming up in your venue by making the most of our point of sale and this season we have revamped our portal so you can create your own posters and assets and order extra items from our new Point of Sale shop. Take a look here: www.btsporthub.co.uk . Plus,