Teams from the top two tiers of English football are entering this year’s competition for the first time, with 11 of the 12 televised clubs playing their first FA Cup matches of the season.
No non-league clubs are being shown live on terrestrial television, a decision that has provoked anger in some quarters, and each televised club will receive an £85,000 fee.
FA Cup third round fixtures on TV
Friday 7 January:
- Swindon vs Man City, ITV1 (8pm)
Saturday 8 January:
- Millwall vs Crystal Palace, ITV1 (12.45pm)
- Hull vs Everton, BBC One (5.30pm)
- Yeovil vs Bournemouth, BBC red button and iPlayer (5.30pm)
- Swansea vs Southampton, BBC red button and iPlayer (5.30pm)
- Chelsea vs Chesterfield, BBC red button and iPlayer (5.30pm)
Sunday 9 January:
- West Ham vs Leeds, ITV1 (2.15pm)
- Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal, (ITV1, 5.30pm)
Monday 10 January:
- Man Utd vs Aston Villa, BBC One (7.55pm)
Swindon Town vs Man City
- Fri 7 Jan, 8pm on ITV1
The first match of the round sees Premier League leader Manchester City travel to League Two Swindon Town.
The match will go ahead despite 21 members of City’s first-team bubble going in self-isolation, including head coach Pep Guardiola and assistant Juanma Lillo.
Swindon are flying high in 5th in the fourth tier and, following financial issues in the summer, have established a strong bond under new manager Ben Garner.
They are the only televised club to have played in a previous round, defeating Crewe Alexandra 3-0 in the first round and Walsall 2-1 in the second.
Millwall vs Crystal Palace
- Sat 8 Jan, 12.45pm on ITV1
This south London derby offers a tantalising lunchtime prospect, with a baying home crowd guaranteed as two sides who have struggled to establish consistent runs of good form going head to head.
A five-time winner as a player, Patrick Vieira is managing his first FA Cup match as a manager.
Hull City vs Everton
- Sat 8 Jan, 5.30pm on BBC One
It has now been five years since Hull City were in the Premier League and Grant McCann’s side are only just keeping their heads above the Championship drop zone, having won promotion from League One as champions last season.
Defeat would only add to the pressure on Everton boss Rafa Benitez, whose side have won just once in their last 10, with newly signed full-backs Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson both in the running to make their debuts.
West Ham vs Leeds United
- Sun 9 Jan, 2.15pm on ITV1
Leeds and the FA Cup have not gone well together in recent seasons. They have not won a single match in the competition under Marcelo Bielsa and ignominiously lost 3-0 to Crawley Town last season.
Their opponents, 5th-placed West Ham, will be starting their last campaign in the competition under the captaincy of Mark Noble, who has spoken of his desire to win the cup.
He said: “That would certainly be a memorable end to an unforgettable career, and a special moment not just for me but for everyone associated with our great football club.”
Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal
- Sun 9 Jan, 5.15pm on ITV1
Nottingham Forest and Arsenal have been fairly frequent opponents in cup competitions in recent years, meeting three times in the past six seasons.
Forest were unbeaten in nine but have since suffered back-to-back defeats ahead of the visit of Mikel Arteta’s resurgent Arsenal side.
Sunday’s tea-time fixture will see the Gunners wear a special all-white kit as part of an initiative to target youth knife crime in London.
Man Utd vs Aston Villa
- Mon 10 Jan, 7.55pm on BBC One
The FA Cup is perhaps the most realistic chance United have of winning some silverware this season, with captain Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof possible returnees to a strengthened backline.