Tottenham: Marine tie shows magic of FA Cup
The third round of the FA Cup takes place this weekend as Premier League and Championship clubs enter the fray. Arsenal are the defending champions after their 2-1 over Chelsea in last year’s final as Mikel Arteta claimed his first managerial piece of silverware. The Gunners face Premier League rivals Newcastle in the third round.
In other all-Premier League ties, Aston Villa host Liverpool while Crystal Palace head to Wolves.
Elsewhere, eighth-tier Marine, the lowest-ranked club left in the competition, had hoped to welcome fans to their ground for the visit of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.
Their plans were dashed when the Merseyside region was placed into Tier 3 of Britain’s coronavirus restrictions but former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has agreed to sponsor the cash-strapped side.
“We are indebted to Jamie and the JC23 Foundation for their support in this magical game for Marine,” club chairman Paul Leary said in a statement.
“The JC23 Foundation do magnificent work in helping young people not just in Liverpool but right across the world. We are proud to partner with them on this special occasion.”
Several Premier League and EFL fixtures have been postponed due to recent Covid outbreaks, with a number of FA Cup ties also in doubt.
Southampton and Shrewsbury’s clash looks unlikely to go ahead after several Shrews players and staff tested positive for coronavirus, with Derby County in a similar position ahead of their meeting with Chorley.
Ahead of the FA Cup third-round, the rules were updated to permit clubs to name up to nine substitutes for their matches.
When is the FA Cup draw?
According to talkSPORT’s Jason Bourne, the fourth and firth round draws will be conducted on Monday, January 11.
The draws will be done together so clubs have a better understanding of their fixture schedules.
Bourne wrote on Twitter: “It’s understood that both the FA Cup 4th and 5th round draws will take place on Monday. @talkSPORT.”
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He added: “I’m told it’s so all parties can get a better idea about the fixture schedule for all competitions.
“As it’s pretty packed as it is…”
The FA is yet to confirm details for the fourth and fifth round draws.
Express Sport will update this article when more information becomes available.
When is the FA Cup fourth round?
The FA Cup fourth round is scheduled to take place across the weekend of January 23-24.
When is the FA Cup fifth round?
The fifth round of the FA Cup is currently scheduled for February 10.
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