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FA Cup Third Round: How to watch Man Utd vs. Aston Villa and the other 31 fixtures

January 7, 2022 By Juan Aguerrevere
The 2021/22 FA Cup 3rd Round kicks off Friday, Jan. 7, and people around the world are ready to get their new year started with action from the oldest national football competition in the world.

FA Cup 3rd Round headlines

There are three headlines that stand out ahead of the 32 matches in the FA Cup 3rd Round, ranging from online coaching and the use of VAR in select matches.

Pep will have a say in Man City’s game against Swindon despite his absence  

Pep Guardiola is out for Manchester City’s game against Swindon Town on Friday, Jan. 7, at 3 p.m. ET. The Spaniard and his assistant Juanma Lillo both tested positive for Covid-19, meaning that former academy coach Rodolfo Borrel will take charge of the Citizens on Friday. However, Guardiola will have a say during the game as he will be “connected” with Borrel throughout the game.

Burnley’s head coach Sean Dyche is another manager that will miss the upcoming FA Cup fixture. But there is no word whether he will connect with assistant Ian Woan during their match against Huddersfield on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 a.m. ET. 

Premier League teams told they must play despite Covid 19 outbreaks

The Football Association made it clear to Premier League clubs that they must play their FA Cup third round matches regardless of their Covid-19 situations. Liverpool seems to be in the direst situation out of the 20 Premier league sides in the competition. 

The Reds’ Carabao Cup semi-final first leg tie against Arsenal scheduled for Thursday was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in Liverpool’s squad. However, the FA told teams to use academy players to make up for the first-team absences. Therefore, Liverpool’s under 18 FA Youth Cup match against Burnley scheduled for Friday was postponed so that some of the players join the senior team in their game against Shrewsbury on Sunday, Jan. 9. 

VAR in nine of the 32 third round FA Cup ties

The Football Association will use VAR at nine of 32 FA Cup third-round fixtures. The competition is not licensed to use VAR across all its fixtures, meaning that only matches played at Premier League stadiums will have video refereeing. This means that West Brom’s game against Brighton on Saturday will not use VAR despite the technology being installed at the Hawthorns. 

FA Cup 3rd Round top games to watch 

As seen in the title of the article, a clash between Manchester United and Aston Villa headlines the FA Cup Round-of-32. Both Premier League sides look to better their form in the second half of the season after poor first halves. The game will close the third round of play on Monday, Jan. 10, at 2:55 p.m. ET. 

The two clubs recycled managers at the end of 2021, with Ralf Rangnick replacing former Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Aston Villa parting ways with Dean Smith to bring on ex-Rangers boss Steven Gerrard aboard. The two coaches are still in the process of getting their squads to their full potential. 

Both sides are currently dealing with a slew of absences ahead of the clash on Saturday. Manchester United’s injury list has Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof missing the game due to injury and Eric Baily on international duty as he will be representing Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations. As for Aston Villa, Trezeguet and Bertrand Traore are on international duty ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, and Ollie Watkins, Marvelous Nakamba and Leon Bailey are out with injuries. 

Two other must-watch games are Leicester City-Watford and West Ham United-Leeds United. These are the only other two third round fixtures that involve two Premier League sides.

Full list of games for FA Cup third round 

Friday, 7 January 2022
Live
+3:00pm
Swindon Town 1 - 4 Manchester City
Saturday, 8 January 2022
Live
+7:15am
Mansfield Town 2 - 3 Middlesbrough
Live
+7:30am
Bristol City 0 - 1 Fulham
Live
+7:30am
Burnley 1 - 2 Huddersfield Town
Live
+7:30am
Coventry City 1 - 0 Derby County
Live
+7:30am
Hartlepool United 2 - 1 Blackpool
Live
+7:45am
Millwall 1 - 2 Crystal Palace
Live
+10:00am
Barnsley 5 - 4 Barrow
Live
+10:00am
Boreham Wood 2 - 0 AFC Wimbledon
Live
+10:00am
Kidderminster Harriers 2 - 1 Reading
Live
+10:00am
Leicester City 4 - 1 Watford
Live
+10:00am
Newcastle United 0 - 1 Cambridge United
Live
+10:00am
Peterborough United 2 - 1 Bristol Rovers
Live
+10:00am
Port Vale 1 - 4 Brentford
Live
+10:00am
Queens Park Rangers P0 - 0 Rotherham United
Live
+10:00am
West Bromwich Albion 1 - 2 Brighton & Hove Albion
Live
+10:00am
Wigan Athletic 3 - 2 Blackburn Rovers
Live
+12:30pm
Birmingham City 0 - 1 Plymouth Argyle
Live
+12:30pm
Chelsea 5 - 1 Chesterfield
Live
+12:30pm
Hull City 2 - 3 Everton
Live
+12:30pm
Swansea City 2 - 3 Southampton
Live
+12:45pm
Yeovil Town 1 - 3 AFC Bournemouth
Sunday, 9 January 2022
Live
+7:30am
Luton Town 4 - 0 Harrogate Town
Live
+9:00am
Cardiff City 2 - 1 Preston North End
Live
+9:00am
Charlton Athletic 0 - 1 Norwich City
Live
+9:00am
Liverpool 4 - 1 Shrewsbury Town
Live
+9:00am
Stoke City 2 - 0 Leyton Orient
Live
+9:00am
Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 1 Morecambe
Live
+9:00am
West Ham United 2 - 0 Leeds United
Live
+9:00am
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 - 0 Sheffield United
Live
+12:10pm
Nottingham Forest 1 - 0 Arsenal
Monday, 10 January 2022
Live
+2:55pm
Manchester United 1 - 0 Aston Villa


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