All you need to know about the FA Cup third round TV picks
Manchester City and Chelsea’s blockbuster clash is one of six games to be televised on FA Cup third round weekend.
We have all the information you need ahead of one of the most enjoyable periods in the English football calendar.
When is the FA Cup third round?
The 2022-23 campaign’s FA Cup third round ties will be played between Friday, January 6 and Monday, January 9, 2023.
A total of 64 teams are taking part, with the 20 Premier League sides and 24 Championship clubs joining the 20 who have progressed through the competition’s earlier stages.
Which FA Cup third round games are being televised?
Six matches have been selected for TV coverage this season, including the standout tie between Manchester City and Chelsea.
Manchester United and Liverpool’s games with fellow top-tier opposition have made the cut, as has Arsenal’s trip to League One outfit Oxford.
EFL duo Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff's clashes with Newcastle and Leeds were also selected.
Friday, January 6, 2023
Manchester United vs Everton (8pm, ITV1 and ITVX)
Saturday, January 7, 2023
Sheffield Wednesday vs Newcastle (6pm, BBC One and BBC iPlayer)
Liverpool vs Wolves (8pm, ITV4 and ITVX)
Sunday, January 8, 2023
Cardiff vs Leeds (2pm, ITV1 and ITVX)
Manchester City vs Chelsea (4.30pm, BBC One and BBC iPlayer)
Monday, January 9, 2023
Oxford vs Arsenal (8pm, ITV1 and ITVX)
What are the big stories to look out for in the FA Cup third round?
While plenty of Premier League sides will fancy their chances of lifting the trophy this season, the traditional theme of the FA Cup third round is giant-killings.
Early Premier League leaders Arsenal will have to be on red alert, with the Gunners facing a tricky trip to the Kassam Stadium to take on Oxford.
Meanwhile, their North London rivals Tottenham do at least have home advantage to help them past third-tier Portsmouth as they hunt to end a painful 14-year trophy drought.
Another League One side, Wednesday, will be hoping to roll back the years when they welcome high-flying Newcastle to Hillsborough, while Aston Villa host League Two outfit Stevenage.
Three non-league sides will also test their luck against EFL opposition as Boreham Wood take on Accrington, Chesterfield host West Brom and Hollywood-owned Wrexham head to Coventry.
How much do clubs get paid for appearing in the FA Cup third round?
All winners in the FA Cup third round will net a cool £105,000.
That amount is particularly significant to the lower-ranked sides, who also enjoy a precious equal share of ticket sales from their respective tie.
The financial prize awaiting the club that lifts the trophy at Wembley on June 3 will be a hefty £2million.