It’s time for the giants to enter the FA Cup fray

We look forward to watching the drama unfold in a host of live Round Three games on BT Sport

 

It’s always one the most exciting football weekends of the year.

And this year’s FA Cup Third Round is no different with the Premier League sides hoping to avoid the embarrassment of being on the end of an FA Cup shock.

There is plenty of action across the weekend and you can catch the best of it on BT Sport with four big games coming your way.

Here’s what we have in store

Tranmere Rovers or Southport v Tottenham

Before we get to the Third Round there are still a few outstanding matters to settle. On Monday December 17, National League North’s Southport host Tranmere in a tantalising replay in the North West (live on BT Sport 1). The prize for the winner will be a home clash in front of the BT Sport cameras against eight-time winners Tottenham. And Spurs will be well prepared for a trip to lower ranked opposition. Last year they were taken to replays by Newport and Rochdale. Both Tranmere and Southport could be dreaming of a draw and a possible trip to Wembley.

Pub Trivia: Since last holding the famous trophy aloft in 1991, Spurs have lost a record seven FA Cup semi-finals.

Friday January 4, 7.45pm, BT Sport 2

Manchester United v Reading

Despite their well-documented ups and downs this season, a trip to Old Trafford still holds great allure for a cup opponent. And after Derby succeeded there in the Carabao Cup earlier this season, perhaps Championship strugglers Reading will fancy their chances. United fans will probably see the FA Cup as their most realistic chance of picking up a pot this season as they attempt to go one step further than last year, when they were beaten in the final by Chelsea.

Pub Trivia: Man Utd have won the FA Cup 12 times, only Arsenal (13) have won it more.

Saturday January 5, 12.30pm BT Sport 2

Solihull Moors or Blackpool v Arsenal

A Second Round replay on Tuesday December 18 (live on BT Sport 1) will decide who welcomes Arsenal to their home ground. Either way it is a huge tie and a true baptism of fire for Unai Emery as he embarks on his first FA Cup campaign with the Gunners. Whether he takes his new charges to Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road or Solihull’s Damson Park he will know exactly what the FA Cup is all about after his first 90 minutes in the competition.

Pub Trivia: Solihull Moors formed in 2007 when Solihull Borough and Moor Green merged. They are now managed by former England stopper Tim Flowers.

Saturday January 5, 5.30pm, BT Sport 2

Woking v Watford

National League South side Woking are already familiar with the magic of the FA Cup after knocking out League Two side Swindon in the Second Round. The 1-0 win in Wiltshire set up the chance to welcome Premier League opposition to their Surrey home. It’s only a 35-mile drive from Watford to the Kingfield Stadium but the Hornets will be desperate that they don’t have to head home with their tail between their legs.

Will Watford’s Troy Deeney get his hands on another cup this season? Pub Trivia:  Woking striker Tim Buzaglo made a name for himself the Third Round of the FA Cup in 1991 when he scored a second half hat-trick to lead his side to a 4-2 win against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Sunday January 6, 2pm, BT Sport 2

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