The third round of the FA Cup will begin on Saturday.
In the United States, you can watch every FA Cup match live on ESPN+:
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ESPN+ is the digital streaming service from ESPN that has exclusive coverage of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup (this is the only place to watch the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in the US), plus other international soccer, other live sports every day, all the 30-for-30 documentaries, and additional original content (both video and written) all for $4.99 per month.
Or, if you also want the new Disney+ streaming service and Hulu, you can get all three for $12.99 per month, which works out to 25 percent savings:
Once signed up for ESPN+, you can then watch FA Cup matches live on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the ESPN app.
FA Cup 3rd Round Preview
Three matches will kick off the third round at 7:31 a.m. ET on Saturday: Rochdale will host Newcastle United, Millwall will host Newport County, and Birmingham City will host Blackburn Rovers.
Newcastle, the only Premier League club in this opening slate of games, have lost three straight, all in league play.
During their 3-0 New Year’s Day defeat to Leicester City, manager Steve Bruce saw four of his players leave the pitch with muscle injures: Jetro Willems (groin), Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring), Javier Manquillo (hamstring), and Fabian Schar (hamstring).
American defender DeAndre Yedlin, who came on for Willems, suffered an injured hand but remained in the match with his side already limited to 10 men.
“We lost four players to injury and might be without a fifth now because we think that Yedlin has broken his hand,” Bruce said, according to ESPN. “He played on manfully for the rest of the game, but I don’t know how long he will be out for.
“We need to get him X-rayed, maybe also a scan, but it’s a mess.
“In all the years I have been involved in the game, I have not known a crazy 15 minutes like that. From the goals we gave away to the four players going off injured — it was ridiculous.”
In the first round, Rochdale — who sit in 18th place in League One — played to a scoreless draw on the road against Wrexham before winning the replay 1-0 at home. They again engaged in a goalless match in the second round before besting Boston United 2-1 on the road.
Midfielder Aaron Morley notched the game-winner from the penalty spot in the 79th minute of the second tie with Boston.
“I am ecstatic for the players to get that win,” Rochdale manager Brian Barry-Murphy said, according to Chronicle Live.
“Strangely enough, we haven’t played that well in the FA Cup. We have had two tough games against Wrexham and Boston but the players have really stuck in there and we are hopeful we can play a bit better against Newcastle.
“It was a huge motivation for us to win knowing we would be playing Newcastle but we have a lot of young players who have played at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup, and big cup ties in the last couple of years.
“So to come here and watch them in a different environment against Boston — who caused us a lot of problems in the first game — was really pleasing.”
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