Exclusively on ESPN+: 2018-19 Emirates FA Cup Third Round, Starting Today

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Exclusively on ESPN+: 2018-19 Emirates FA Cup Third Round, Starting Today

  • For the first time, all 32 matches of FA Cup third round will stream live in the U.S.
  • Ancillary content on ESPNFC.com and ESPN FC

ESPN+ will continue its exclusive presentation of the 2018-19 Emirates FA Cup season – the world’s most famous knockout competition in domestic soccer – with all 32 matches of the third round beginning today (Friday) through Monday. This weekend marks the first time all 32 matches of the FA Cup third round will be carried live in the United States.

The first match features League Two Tranmere Rovers vs. eight-time FA Cup winner Tottenham Hotspur, live from Prenton Park in North West England’s metropolitan county of Merseyside at 2:40 p.m. ET.

Highlights of FA Cup third round matches:

  • Premier League (20) and English Football League Championship (24) teams join the competition in this round, setting up the “Magic of the FA Cup,” where lower division teams get the chance to upset higher-ranked teams;
  • Lowest-ranked teams in the competition: Semi-professional Woking F.C.; National League sides Barnet F.C. and Oxford City F.C.; League Two – Lincoln City, Grimsby Town, Newport County, Oldham Athletic and Tranmere Rovers
  • Key matchups: matches between Premier League teams – Bournemouth vs. Brighton & Hove Albion (Saturday, 7:25 a.m.) and Wolves vs. Liverpool (Monday, 2:40 p.m.)
  • David vs. Goliath: Semi-professional Woking F.C. vs. Premier League’s Watford F.C. (Sunday, 8:55 a.m.), Tranmere Rovers vs. Premier League’s No. 2 Tottenham Hotspur (Friday, 2:40 p.m.), Manchester United vs. Reading (Saturday, 7:25 a.m.), Everton vs. League Two’s Lincoln City (Saturday, 9:55 a.m.), Crystal Palace vs. League Two’s Grimsby Town (Saturday, 12:25 p.m.), and Premier League champion Manchester City vs. Rotherham United (Sunday, 8:55 a.m.), League Two side Newport County vs Leicester City (Sunday, 11:25 a.m.) and more.

In addition to live matches, ESPN+, the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer & International (DTCI) segment and ESPN, will feature FA Cup programs including FA Cup Round 3 Preview Show and the FA Cup Round 3 Highlight Show (Monday).

Ancillary 2018-19 FA Cup Content:

In addition to the unprecedented number of FA Cup matches exclusive to ESPN+ in the third round, additional content will be available across ESPN soccer platforms. Highlights:

  • ESPNFC.com features writer Nick Miller’s primer – Upsets, tiny stadiums and 500-mile trips: What to watch in the FA Cup – for the third round;
  • com correspondents on site for key matches: Mark Ogden at Blackpool vs. Arsenal, Liam Twoney at Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest, Rob Dawson at Manchester United vs. Reading, Glenn Price at Wolves vs. Liverpool and Jon Smith at Manchester City vs. Rotherham;
  • ESPNFC Social will curate and share content – top goals, major upsets, hot takes on the matches by studio pundits, and more – across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ESPN FC, the daily soccer news highlights, analysis and information program exclusively on ESPN+, will provide extensive coverage via highlights, analysis and hard-hitting opinion. Each match-day, host Dan Thomas and a rotating panel of pundits – former FA Cup winners Craig Burley, Steve Nicol, Paul Mariner, and 2006 FA Cup finalist Shaka Hislop, Alejandro Moreno and others – will discuss the matches.

  • ESPN FC: That FA Cup Podcast (available on espnfc.com) – Dan Thomas will host as Burley, Mariner, Nicol and Hislop share their most memorable FA Cup moments.

 The schedule:

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Fri, Jan 4  2:40 p.m. Tranmere Rovers vs. Tottenham Hotspur ESPN+
Sat, Jan 5  7:25 a.m. AFC Bournemouth vs. Brighton & Hove Albion ESPN+
  7:25 a.m. West Ham United vs. Birmingham City ESPN+
  7:25 a.m. Burnley vs. Barnsley ESPN+
  7:25 a.m. West Bromwich Albion vs. Wigan Athletic ESPN+
  7:25 a.m. Sheffield Wednesday vs. Luton Town ESPN+
  7:25 a.m. Manchester United vs. Reading ESPN+
  7:25 a.m. Shrewsbury Town vs. Stoke City ESPN+
  9:55 a.m. Fleetwood Town vs. AFC Wimbledon ESPN+
  9:55 a.m. Aston Villa vs. Swansea City ESPN+
  9:55 a.m. Bolton Wanderers vs. Walsall ESPN+
  9:55 a.m. Derby County vs. Southampton ESPN+
  9:55 a.m. Middlesbrough vs. Petersborough ESPN+
  9:55 a.m. Brentford vs. Oxford City ESPN+
  9:55 a.m. Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest ESPN+
  9:55 a.m. Gillingham vs. Cardiff City ESPN+
  9:55 a.m. Accrington Stanley vs. Ipswich Town ESPN+
  9:55 a.m. Everton vs. Lincoln City ESPN+
  12:25 p.m. Crystal Palace vs. Grimsby Town ESPN+
  12:25 p.m. Bristol City vs. Huddersfield Town ESPN+
  12:25 p.m. Norwich City vs. Portsmouth ESPN+
  12:25 p.m. Newcastle United vs. Blackburn Rovers ESPN+
  12:25 p.m. Blackpool vs. Arsenal ESPN+
Sun, Jan 6  8:55 a.m. Millwall vs. Hull City ESPN+
  8:55 a.m. Manchester City vs. Rotherham United ESPN+
  8:55 a.m. Woking vs. Watford ESPN+
  8:55 a.m. Preston North End vs. Doncaster Rovers ESPN+
  8:55 a.m. Fulham vs. Oldham Athletic ESPN+
  8:55 a.m. Sheffield United vs. Barnet ESPN+
  8:55 a.m. Queens Park Rangers vs. Leeds United ESPN+
  11:25 a.m. Newport County vs. Leicester City ESPN+
Mon, Jan 7 2:40 p.m. Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Liverpool ESPN+


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I joined ESPN in 1998 and since then, it's been a great experience managing PR and communications for a range of ESPN initiatives and properties over the years. I am currently focused on soccer and The Undefeated, ESPN’s site focusing on sports, race and urban culture and how they intersect.
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