The ultimate guide to ALL of this weekend’s FA Cup third round fixtures
It may only be the start of January but the weekend of the FA Cup third round remains one of the most famous occasions in the football calendar.
The world’s oldest football competition often offers lowly minnows a chance to fight with some of the biggest teams in the game and this weekend is no different with a number of eye-catching ties.
With 32 matches to be played, Sportsmail has teamed up with statistic giants Opta to bring you the ultimate guide to all of this weekend’s fixtures.
FA Cup » Macclesfield – Cardiff
pick: Macclesfield +1 @ 2,05
Macclesfield Town v Cardiff City: Bluebirds set to rest entire first-team
Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay is set to rest every single one of his front-line stars for Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Macclesfield Town.
None of the Bluebirds’ first-team squad is expected to travel to their non-league opponents, with a host of youngsters and fringe players ready to be drafted in.
True, Macclesfield is from Conference but they dont have problems, just is Ryan Jackson (df 18/1) out. They will play with best posible squad. I will give chance to them, Cardiff has much more quality but when they play with best team. This are all youngsters adn players which didnt played so i dont see why hosts wouldnt make suprise. Remember Arsenal before few weeks, they are eliminated from league Cup by Bradford which is also 3 league above them (like in this game). And there is one difference, Arsenal played with best squad..
Likely line-upsMacclesfield Town: Cronin, Martin, Brown (capt), Diagne, Braham-Barrett, Mackreth, Murtagh, Wedgbury, Kissock, arnes-Homer, Holroyd
Subs: Amari Morgan-Smith, Peter Winn, Pablo Mills, Waide Fairhurst.
Cardiff City: Lewis (0/0), Coulson, Nugent (3/1), Oshilaja (0/0), John (0/0), Harris (0/0), Kiss (3/1), McPhail (0/0), Ralls (4/0), Velikonja (2/0), Jarvis
Subs: Elliot Parish (gk, 0/0), Ronnie Hawkins (0/0), Anthony Bell (0/0), Tommy O’Sullivan (0/0), Theo Wharton (0/0), Jaye Bowen (0/0), Jesse Darko (0/0)
Road to Wembley: The FA Cup third round sees teams from the Premier League and the Championship enter the competition
Brighton v Newcastle (Saturday 12.30pm – live on ITV1)
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be without Papiss Cisse and Fabricio Coloccini for tomorrow’s clash with Brighton after both picked up slight knocks.
Midfielder Cheick Tiote is also unavailable, as the Ivory Coast international left for the African Nations Cup after Wednesday night’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat by Everton. Potential replacement Gael Bigirimana is battling a dead leg.
Striker Demba Ba’s transfer to Chelsea has left a vacancy in attack, and while central defender Steven Taylor (hamstring) and midfielder Yohan Cabaye (groin) are back in training, they remain unavailable.
Full-back Ryan Taylor (knee) and midfielders Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Jonas Gutierrez, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic (all knee) are also out.
Brighton may be tempted to start Kazenga Lua Lua for the third consecutive game against his former club.
The winger spent five years at St James’ Park before leaving in November 2011 having made 15 appearances.
Will Buckley’s deflected strike helped the Seagulls to a win against Newcastle last season in the FA Cup, but the winger is likely to be ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Full-back Bruno is likely to miss out with an achilles injury, while winger Vicente is also out with a thigh injury.
Will history repeat? Will Buckley celebrates Mike Williamson’s own goal that helped Brighton defeat Newcastle 1-0 in the FA Cup fourth round last season
Brighton and Newcastle have met four times before in the FA Cup; the Magpies progressed in the first meeting in 1930, but the Seagulls have since won the last three ties including in Round 4 last season.
Brighton have won three of their last five FA Cup games against higher-ranked sides, including that victory over the Magpies last term.
The Seagulls have only lost one of their last 12 FA Cup games on home soil, and have not been eliminated from the competition at home since 2008.
Newcastle have not won an away game in the FA Cup since January 2006, when they won 2-0 at fourth tier Cheltenham Town.
Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Harper, Santon, Ferguson, Tavernier, Williamson, Perch, Streete, Bigirimana, Anita, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Obertan, Abeid, Shola Ameobi, Ranger.
Aldershot v Rotherham (Saturday, 3pm)
Aldershot captain Ben Herd is set to return for the clash against Rotherham after serving a three-game ban.
Loan signings Danny Rose, Michael Hector and Sonny Bradley are likely to feature with Danny Hylton also passed fit.
Striker Adam Morgan is expected to make his Rotherham debut after completing a loan switch from Liverpool on Thursday.
Lionel Ainsworth, David Noble and Dale Tonge could be on the bench and goalkeeper Scott Shearer is passed fit.
Aldershot Town have met Rotherham once before in the FA Cup since their reformation in 1992, winning 3-0 away from home in a replay after a 1-1 draw in Round 1 of the 2009 competition.
Rotherham have not made the fourth round of the FA Cup since 2002, when they eliminated top-flight Southampton at this stage before losing to Crewe.
This is Aldershot’s first appearance in Round 3 since 2007; the Shots have not made the fourth round since 1987, when they lost to Barnsley.
Aldershot have won their last three home games in this competition, and have only lost one of their last eight.
Aston Villa v Ipswich (Saturday, 3pm)
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hoping to have a trio of players – including Darren Bent – back in contention for tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round clash with Ipswich.
Bent (hamstring), fellow striker Gabriel Agbonlahor (thigh) and winger Charles N’Zogbia (knee) are all poised to return to training today and will then be assessed by Lambert.
Midfielder Ashley Westwood has been ruled out after suffering an ankle injury during the 2-2 draw at Swansea. Defenders Ron Vlaar (calf), Nathan Baker (hamstring) and Richard Dunne (knee) remain sidelined.
Back in business: Villa striker Darren Bent could return to face his former side, Ipswich at Villa Park
Mick McCarthy has just 16 players with significant Championship experience to call upon tomorrow when his side travel to Villa.
The likes of Stephen Henderson, Bradley Orr (ineligible due to loans), Tyrone Mings (cup-tied) and Andy Drury (illness) are unavailable, while Danny Higginbotham and DJ Campbell have seen their loan deals expire.
In addition, McCarthy wants to rest a number of his players who have featured during a spell of four games in 11 over the Christmas period.
Patrick Kisnorbo is available for the Tractor Boys though, with the defender having completed his one-month loan deal from Leeds on Thursday.
Villa and Ipswich have met four times before in the FA Cup, winning two ties apiece with the Villans winning the last clash back in 1996.
Aston Villa have won their last five FA Cup games at Villa Park, scoring exactly three times in each one.
The Midlands side have progressed through each of their last nine ties against lower ranked sides, with Sheffield United the last to eliminated them back in 2005.
Ipswich have lost their last 10 FA Cup games against teams from a higher division, and have only won one of their last 25 (23 ties).
Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Herd, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Bennett, Ireland, N’Zogbia, Bannan, Delph, Albrighton, Holman, Benteke, Bent, Agbonlahor, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams, Carruthers.
Barnsley v Burnley (Saturday, 3pm)
Managerless Barnsley have no new concerns as Reuben Noble-Lazarus and Marlon Harewood push for recalls
The Tykes are without Jonathan Greening after the midfielder returned to Nottingham Forest following a loan spell.
Burnley will have to make do without top scorer Charlie Austin (hamstring).
New signing Dane Richards may be involved providing international clearance comes through following his move from the Vancouver Whitecaps.
This will be the first FA Cup meeting between Barnsley and Burnley since 1911, when the Clarets won a Round 2 match 2-0 on home soil.
Barnsley have lost their last four FA Cup round 3 games and haven’t picked up a victory since their run to the semi-finals back in 2008.
Burnley have only won one of their last 11 away FA Cup games, conceding nine in total in their last two.
The Clarets have only mustered one clean sheet in their last 15 outings in the FA Cup (conceding 30 in total).
Macclesfield v Cardiff (Saturday, 3pm)
Macclesfield will be without defender Ryan Jackson, who starts a three-game ban after being picking up a red card in the 2-2 draw against Southport on New Year’s Day.
Matthew Barnes-Homer is a doubt with Amari Morgan-Smith and Peter Winn vying to replace him in attack.
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay looks set to make changes and could leave out goalkeeper David Marshall, striker Craig Bellamy and captain Mark Hudson.
Midfielder Stephen McPhail has not played since the opening day of the season and could return to the side.
Rested? Craig Bellamy (left) may sit out of the FA Cup tie
This will be the first meeting between these sides in the FA Cup, though their most recent meeting came in the League Cup in 2005, when the Welsh side prevailed 2-1.
Cardiff have won 11 and drawn three of their last of their last 14 FA Cup games against lower ranked sides, and have not lost against a team from a lower league since 1995, when they eliminated by Enfield.
After three away wins on the way to the final in 2008, Cardiff have failed to win any of their ensuing five on the road in the FA Cup, drawing two and losing three.
The Silkmen have only lost one of their last 11 on home soil in the FA Cup proper, and that was against Everton in 2009.
Blackburn v Bristol City (Saturday, 3pm)
Youngsters Hugo Fernandez and Tim Payne could feature in the Blackburn starting XI as Rovers remain under the guidance of Caretaker manager, Gary Bowyer.
David Dunn will miss out through a recurrence of a calf problem, but Simon Vukcevic could feature having recovered from a leg injury.
Bristol City boss Derek McInnes will be without Neil Danns, loanee Stephen McManus and Albert Adomah.
Stephen Pearson is also out so Marvin Elliott, Neil Kilkenny and Bobby Reid are all pushing for starts.
This will only be the second FA Cup meeting between Blackburn and Bristol City; the Robins won the first back at this stage of the 1951 competition (2-1).
Rovers have won 12 and lost just one of their last 16 FA Cup games at Ewood Park, scoring at least once in each of their last 14.
The Robins have only made it past the third round once in the last 10 years, reaching Round 4 back in 2007.
City have only scored one goal in their last six FA Cup games combined.
Bolton v Sunderland (Saturday, 3pm)
Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill will make changes to his side for the third-round tie at Bolton.
O’Neill felt Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield was a ‘game too far’ for his small squad and is looking to add players in the transfer window.
The likes of David Vaughan, Fraizer Campbell, Connor Wickham and Titus Bramble are all in contention tomorrow but John O’Shea (hamstring) skipper Lee Cattermole and central defender Wes Brown (both knee) remain sidelined and striker Ji Dong-won joined Augsburg on loan for the rest of the season this week.
Familiar foes: Sunderland and Bolton last met in the FA Cup in a 2009 third round clash, where Djibril Cisse (left) helped secure a 2-1 for the Black Cats
Bolton manager Dougie Freedman has close to a fully fit squad with only Josh Vela (knee) unavailable.
Midfielder Jacob Butterfield has returned to parent club Barnsley following a loan spell.
Bolton have won just one of their six previous FA Cup ties against Sunderland, with that win coming at this stage of the 1980 competition.
Interestingly, five of the previous six FA Cup ties between the Trotters and the Black Cats have come in Round 3, with Sunderland winning the last 2-1 in 2009.
This will be Bolton’s first FA Cup game against a team from a higher division since the 2000 Final against Aston Villa, where they lost on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
The Black Cats are unbeaten in three FA Cup away games after a run of five consecutive defeats on the road between 2005 and 2010.
Sunderland squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Rose, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Bramble, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Saha, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Fletcher.
Charlton v Huddersfield (Saturday, 3pm)
Charlton defender Leon Cort (hamstring) and full-back Lawrie Wilson (broken nose) are major doubts for the clash against Huddersfield.
The Addicks are also without loanees Dan Seabourne, Rob Hulse and Emmanuel Frimpong who have returned to their clubs.
Jermaine Beckford is available again for Huddersfield after the striker was ineligible for the 6-1 loss at parent club Leicester.
Beckford has scored six goals in his last four FA Cup appearances.
Winger Adam Hammill has not been given permission to play by his club Wolves, but James Vaughan is available.
Charlton and Huddersfield have an equal head-to-head record in the FA Cup; Huddersfield eliminated Charlton from the 1926 competition before the Addicks got revenge in 1958 after a replay.
The Addicks have only lost one of their last 12 FA Cup games at the Valley, winning seven and drawing four.
Huddersfield have scored exactly once in 14 of their last 19 FA Cup away games, though they have netted more than once on only one occasion in this run.
The Terriers are without a win in 10 games in all competitions, drawing five and losing five.
Crawley v Reading (Saturday, 3pm)
Reading manager Brian McDermott has indicated that new signing Daniel Carrico is unlikely to make his debut in tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Crawley.
Jason Roberts has returned to training after recovering from a hip problem while Nicky Shorey has overcome a virus.
McDermott is likely to make several changes after playing three Barclays Premier League matches in a week.
On the mend: Jason Roberts (left) is pushing for his first Reading appearance in over a month ahead of the Royal’s trip to Crawley
Crawley manager Richie Barker could include Lateef Elford-Alliyu in his squad after he joined from Bury.
Claude Davis (knee) is set to miss out while fellow defender Kyle McFadzean (virus) remains absent.
This will be the first competitive meeting between Crawley and Reading.
Crawley Town have lost both of their previous FA Cup meetings with top flight opponents.
Reading have won four of their last five FA Cup ties against sides from lower divisions. However, they were eliminated in the third round last season by third-tier Stevenage.
The Red Devils have won four and lost just one of their last six home games in the FA Cup.
Reading squad: Federici, Taylor, Gunter, Cummings, Gorkss, Pearce, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Tabb, Karacan, Kebe, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, Hunt, Roberts, Pogrebnyak.
Crystal Palace v Stoke (Saturday, 3pm)
Stoke boss Tony Pulis will make changes for tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round clash with Crystal Palace, which could include a first start in the club’s colours for Michael Owen.
The former England striker has made four substitute appearances since joining the Potters in September, the last coming in October before he suffered a hamstring injury.
Midfielder Steven Nzonzi is available after the red card he received in last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Southampton was rescinded while full-back Marc Wilson could return in a fortnight from a broken leg.
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Crystal Palace have Damien Delaney available after the defender completed a three-game ban, and he could come in for Danny Gabbidon who has a hamstring complaint.
Kagisho Dikgacoi is away at the Africa Cup of Nations, but Jonathan Williams and Jermaine Easter may start.
The one previous FA Cup clash between the Eagles and the Potters saw Stoke claim a 1-0 home win in Round 3 in 1989.
Crystal Palace have won just one of their last six FA Cup games, including suffering defeat in each of the last three.
After progressing beyond the third round just once from 1995-2005, Stoke City have gone beyond this stage five times in the last seven years.
The Potters have conceded just three goals in their last six away matches in the FA Cup, keeping four clean sheets in that time.
Stoke squad: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Cameron, Huth, Upson, Wilkinson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Kightly, Etherington, Jones, Sorensen, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome, Adam, Palacios, Owen.
Derby v Tranmere (Saturday, 3pm)
Derby will hand fitness tests to Craig Bryson (knee), Gareth Roberts (calf) and Jamie Ward (hamstring).
Nathan Tyson, Theo Robinson, Conor Doyle and defender James O’Connor are options for the Rams should they wish to make changes to the starting XI.
Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore has no new concerns with James Wallace (knee) still unavailable.
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (broken metatarsal) and Abdulai Bell-Baggie (knee) remain out.
The last nine meetings between Derby and Tranmere, all in the Football League, have seen 44 goals scored – an average of 4.89 per game.
Derby County have managed just nine goals in their last nine home games in the FA Cup, scoring exactly one goal on seven occasions.
Rovers have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight FA Cup clashes with opponents from higher divisions.
The Rams have won just one of their last seven FA Cup matches (W1 D4 L2) against teams from lower divisions.
Fulham v Blackpool (Saturday, 3pm)
Martin Jol plans to name a strong Fulham line-up in tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round tie with Blackpool, but will have to do without several key players.
Mladen Petric, Damien Duff and Mahamadou Diarra are still injured so will be unable to feature for the west Londoners.
Mark Schwarzer is also sidelined due to a neck problem, while Stephen Kelly (knee) and John Arne Riise (shin) are also missing.
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Blackpool will hope to include Tom Ince and Alex Baptiste in their squad despite both being linked with moves away from Bloomfield Road.
Striker Nouha Dicko and Wes Thomas have returned to their parent clubs after finishing their loan spells.
After winning their first ever FA Cup tie against Blackpool in 1936, the Whites have lost their ensuing three against the Tangerines, with the latest coming back in 1957.
Fulham have lost just three of one last 15 matches in the FA Cup third round (W9 D5 L1). They have won their last four in a row.
Blackpool have progressed past the third round just twice in their last 13 appearances at this stage of the FA Cup.
The Whites have kept five clean sheets in their last seven home games in the FA Cup.
Fulham squad: Stockdale, Somogyi, Etheridge, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Briggs, Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Frei, Richardson, Kasami, Ruiz, Rodallega, Berbatov.
Hull v Leyton Orient (Saturday, 3pm)
Hull will be without full-back Ahmed Elmohamady who has a calf injury, while centre-back Alex Bruce is pushing for a recall.
Jay Simpson and Nick Proschwitz are in contention to start with manager Steve Bruce poised to rest Sone Aluko.
Leyton Orient will hand Kevin Lisbie a late fitness test after the striker missed the 3-0 defeat at Yeovil with a shoulder injury.
Goalkeeper Ryan Allsop has turned down a new contract and is likely to be dropped from the side again.
Hull and Leyton Orient have met once before in the FA Cup, at this stage of the 1963 competition; The O’s progressed after a replay thanks to a 2-0 away win.
Hull City have won five and lost one of their last six FA Cup ties with lower-league opposition.
Leyton Orient have won seven and lost just two of their last 12 games in the FA Cup.
The O’s have progressed on three of the last four occasions they have reached the FA Cup third round.
Leeds United v Birmingham (Saturday, 3pm)
Leeds will have defender Aidy White available after the defender missed their New Year’s Day win over Bolton through suspension.
Jerome Thomas has returned to West Brom following his loan spell but Tom Lees and Adam Drury are fit again.
Magic moments: But Leeds have failed to win an FA Cup game since Jermaine Beckford’s strike handed them a famous 1-0 over Manchester United in 2010
Birmingham will be without Robert Hall after the on-loan winger was denied permission by West Ham to feature.
Boss Lee Clark also has a spate of casualties to contend with after Marlon King (knee), Peter Lovenkrands (calf), Akwasi Asante (hamstring) and Nikola Zigic were ruled out.
This will be the fifth FA Cup meeting between Leeds and Birmingham; Leeds have won three of the previous four, including the 1972 semi-final, but did lose the last clash (0-3 in 2005).
Birmingham have already won at Elland Road this season in the league. Leroy Lita scored the only game of the game back in October.
Birmingham have lost five and won just one of their last six FA Cup clashes with sides in the same division.
Since beating Manchester United 1-0 at this stage of the competition in 2010, Leeds have won none of their FA Cup games (D2 L3).
Leicester v Burton Albion (Saturday, 3pm)
Leicester will give a late check to Ben Marshall after the winger picked up a knock from a heavy challenge in the 6-1 win over Huddersfield.
Defender Zak Whitbread (calf) and striker Jamie Vardy (heel) face fitness tests ahead of the game.
Burton’s Anthony O’Connor is a doubt with the defender feeling the affects of a hamstring injury.
Captain Zander Diamond recovers from illness and Nathan Stanton returns after serving a ban.
Both previous clashes (all competitions) between these midlands rivals have been won by the away team, with the Foxes winning the one FA Cup clash 1-0 in 1985.
The Brewers have already eliminated Leicester from the Capital One Cup this term, winning 4-2 at the King Power Stadium back in August.
Burton Albion have won two and lost five of their last nine FA Cup clashes with teams from higher divisions.
The Foxes have progressed in each of their last five FA Cup ties against lower league opposition, conceding just four goals in six games.
Luton v Wolves (Saturday, 3pm)
Luton are without defender Simon Ainge and winger Scott Neilson who are cup-tied .
Jonathan Smith and Lathaniel Rowe-Turner are likely to come into the side to deputise for the missing duo.
Wolves winger Bakary Sako looks set to miss out with a hamstring injury. midfielders Tongo Doumbia (hamstring) and Bjorn Sigurdarson (thigh) face late fitness tests while winger Slawomir Peszko is close to returning after three months out.
Wolves have won both of their previous two FA Cup ties against Luton, winning 2-1 in Round 3 in 1932 and 4-1 in Round 5 in 1960.
Wolves have won both of their FA Cup matches against non-league opponents since November 1986 when they were eliminated by Chorley thanks to a second replay.
Luton have won just three of their last 14 games against teams from a higher division in the FA Cup (W3 D4 L7).
Both teams have scored in six of Luton’s last eight home FA Cup games; with 31 goals being scored in those eight matches.
Manchester City v Watford (Saturday, 3pm)
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (hamstring) will miss this weekend’s FA Cup third-round tie against Watford but controversial forward Mario Balotelli is available after recovering from a virus.
Manager Roberto Mancini, who has been pictured grappling with Balotelli in a training-ground bust-up, has said the 22-year-old could be on the bench but forward Samir Nasri is suspended and Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and Abdul Razak are on international duty.
Defenders Aleksandar Kolarov and Maicon (both knee) are not yet ready to return while right-back Micah Richards (knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) are longer-term casualties.
Water under the bridge: Despite being involved in a training ground bust-up on Thursday, Mario Balotelli is set to be included in the Manchester City squad
Watford are likely to be without key players ahead of their trip to the Etihad Stadium.
Defender Fitz Hall, Manuel Almunia (both hamstring) and Almen Abdi (pelvic) are all doubts.
The Citizens and the Hornets have met twice before in the FA Cup; Watford progressed after two replays in 1986 while City won a fourth round game 4-1 at home back in 1997.
Manchester City have won 13 and lost just two of their last 19 FA Cup clashes with sides from the second tier of English football.
Matej Vydra has scored four goals in his last two starts for Watford in all competitions.
Yaya Toure has scored three goals in his last four FA Cup appearances, including the winner in 2011 FA Cup final.
Manchester City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Rekik, Milner, Sinclair, Barry, Garcia, Silva, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli, Evans, Suarez.
Middlesbrough v Hastings Utd (Saturday, 3pm)
Middlesbrough are without eight players ahead of their third round clash with Hastings, including Jonathan Woodgate (calf) and striker Scott McDonald (hamstring.)
Strikers Emmanuel Ledesma (knee) and Marvin Emnes (hamstring) and defenders Justin Hoyte (hip), Seb Hines, Andre Bikey and George Friend (all hamstring) are also ruled out.
Hastings keeper Matt Armstrong-Ford, who has been struggling with a persistent knee problem, is a doubt.
Player-manager, Sean Ray has turned his attention to bringing in Jak Alnwick on loan from Newcastle as a possible replacement.
Otherwise, Ray has no other fitness concerns heading into the game.
No show: Jonathan Woodgate (left) is out of Middlesbrough’s FA Cup clash against Hastings
Hastings United are making their third appearance in the FA Cup third round but are yet to make it to the next stage; they lost 0-3 to Norwich in a replay in 1954 and 1-2 against Sheffield Wednesday in 1955.
Hastings have never kept a clean sheet against a league side in the FA Cup.
Middlesbrough have not lost to non-league opposition in the FA Cup since February 1912 when they were beaten by West Ham United. In that time, they have won 12 matches and drawn six.
Boro have won three and lost three of their last six home games in the FA Cup.
Millwall v Preston (Saturday, 3pm)
Danny Shittu and Adam Smith are set to return for Millwall ahead of their FA Cup clash against Preston.
Midfielder Tamika Mkandawire has returned from loan but striker Andy Keogh (broken toe) and winger Chris Taylor (knee) are out.
Preston could be without a trio of key players who will undergo late fitness tests before the game.
Nicky Wroe (knee) is expected to return, with Bailey Wright (head) and Jack King also hoping to make the squad.
Milwall and Preston have met twice before in the FA Cup, but not since 1948. Preston won that third round tie 2-1 after the Lions had won in Round 2 in the 1903 competition.
The Lions have won their last 12 clashes against opponents from lower divisions, although the last two have gone to replays.
Preston have won three of their last four away games in the FA Cup.
Darius Henderson has struck four times in his last three FA Cup games for Millwall.
Nottingham Forest v Oldham (Saturday, 3pm)
Nottingham Forest midfielder Jonathan Greening is available after returning to the City Ground following a loan spell with Barnsley.
Striker Matt Derbyshire is ineligible to play while forward Marcus Tudgay is out with a broken collarbone.
Oldham are without James Wesolowski, who begins a three game ban, and winger Cristian Montano who has been ruled out for the long term with a torn thigh muscle.
Midfielder Robbie Simpson is available after returning from a ban.
Oldham won their one previous FA Cup clash with Forest 5-1 back in 1913, only in four different FA Cup games have the Latics scored more goals.
Nottingham Forest haven’t scored against Oldham in any of their last five meetings in all competitions.
Oldham have won four and lost just one of their last six FA Cup matches.
Three of Forest’s last five FA Cup ties have gone to replays, winning one and losing one of the other two.
Oxford Utd v Sheff Utd (Saturday, 3pm)
Oxford United are without striker James Constable who is out with a three-game ban following his sending off in the 3-0 win at Wimbledon.
Loanees Jake Forster-Caskey and Lee Cox have returned to their clubs while Michael Raynes is back from illness.
Sheffield United could give a debut to new signing Jamie Murphy and defender Harry Maguire is available after returning from suspension.
However, Neill Collins is out with a fractured cheekbone and goalkeeper Mark Howard (thigh) is doubtful.
Oxford United and Sheffield United are meeting for the second successive FA Cup competition; last season, the Blades won 3-0 on home soil in Round 1.
Oxford have won just one of their last seven FA Cup clashes against teams from higher divisions (W1 D1 L5).
Sheffield United have won their last six games in the FA Cup when the higher ranked team.
The Blades have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 FA Cup matches.
Back between the sticks: Declan Rudd is poised to make just his second Norwich appearance this season
Peterborough v Norwich (Saturday, 3pm)
Declan Rudd is set to get his chance in goal as Norwich manager Chris Hughton prepares to ring the changes in the FA Cup third-round tie with Peterborough.
Norwich are without injured strikers Grant Holt (hamstring) and Steve Morison (thigh), plus defender Steven Whittaker (hip).
Midfielder Andrew Surman (knee) is back training but unlikely to feature, while Jonny Howson has recovered from a knock suffered against West Ham.
Elliott Ward, Simon Lappin and Jacob Butterfield have all returned from loan spells.
Peterborough are without cup-tied striker Dwight Gayle, while Kgosi Ntlhe and Peter Grant are out.
Forward Lee Tomlin starts a three game ban while defender Gabriel Zakuani has left for the Africa Cup of Nations.
These sides have only met in the League Cup in 1986, when the Canaries advanced in a tight two-legged tie.
Posh have won two and lost four of their last eight FA Cup games.
The Canaries have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 FA Cup games.
Norwich squad: Rudd, R Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido, Howson, Snodgrass, Johnson, E Bennett, Kane, Bunn, Turner, Jackson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Fox, Tierney, Tettey, R Bennett, Ward, Lappin, Smith, Butterfield, Steer.
QPR v West Brom (Saturday, 3pm)
QPR striker DJ Campbell has returned from his loan spell at Ipswich and will feature in tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against West Brom.
Midfielder Samba Diakite has departed for African Nations Cup duty with Mali and forward Junior Hoilett is out with a hamstring problem.
Strikers Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) are sidelined with long-term injuries.
Rare sight: DJ Campbell has scored just one goal since joining QPR from Blackpool in the summer of 2011
West Brom head coach Steve Clarke will check on the fitness of five players ahead of the Loftus Road trip.
Clarke confirmed defenders Jonas Olsson (groin), Steven Reid (ankle) and Goran Popov (hamstring) plus midfielder Claudio Yacob (hamstring) are again ruled out.
But he said five other unnamed players were rated doubtful. Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will play his final game before linking up with DR Congo for the African Nations Cup.
QPR and West Brom have an even head-to-head in the FA Cup; the R’s won a semi-final clash in 1982 before the Baggies won a third round game a year later.
QPR have won none of their last 13 matches in the FA Cup third round (excluding replays) (W0 D8 L5).
When drawn against teams from the same division in the FA Cup, QPR have been eliminated on each of the last nine occasions.
West Brom have won six and lost just two of their last 11 away matches in the FA Cup.
QPR squad: Green, Cesar, Murphy, Cerny, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Mbia, Park, Fabio, Traore, Derry, Granero, Taarabt, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Ephraim, Mackie, Cisse, Campbell.
West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Jones, Jara Reyes, McAuley, Tamas, Dawson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Thorne, Brunt, Morrison, Gera, Odemwingie, Fortune, Long, Lukaku, Rosenberg, El Ghanassy.
Sheff Wed v MK Dons (Saturday, 3pm)
Sheffield Wednesday will be without on-loan midfielder Jeremy Helan who is serving a one-game ban.
Instead, manager Dave Jones may include Jermaine Johnson, Paul Corry or Chris Lines.
MK Dons striker Dean Bowditch is unavailable after picking up a groin strain.
Right-back Jon Otsemobor (groin), and midfielders Stephen Gleeson (broken foot) and Luke Chadwick (knee) are out.
Both sides have found the net in all six previous clashes between Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons.
MK Dons have never beaten Sheffield Wednesday in all competitions (D4 L2).
Sheffield Wednesday have won their last five FA Cup matches against lower league opposition, scoring 15 goals along the way.
The Owls have reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in the last two years, after failing to get beyond the Third Round at any time from 2002-2010.
Southampton v Chelsea (Saturday, 3pm)
Demba Ba is poised to make his Chelsea debut in tomorrow’s third-round tie at Southampton after completing his move from Newcastle.
Ba could replace Fernando Torres up front, with interim manager Rafael Benitez keen to rest his fellow Spaniard at times during the second half of the season.
Nigeria stars John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses will be available before jetting off to Portugal for a pre-African Nations Cup training camp, but John Terry (knee) and Petr Cech (groin) remain out.
Set for a rest? Fernando Torres may make way in attack for new Chelsea signing, Demba Ba
Adam Lallana will again miss out for Southampton. The Saints captain is unavailable with a knee injury, although right-back Nathaniel Clyne could feature at St Mary’s after a knee complaint of his own.
Gaston Ramirez is available to feature despite sustaining a dead leg against Arsenal on New Year’s Day.
Zambia international Emmanuel Mayuka leaves for the African Nations Cup after the game.
Three of the four previous FA Cup clashes between the Saints and the Blues have gone to a replay, with Southampton winning all four ties including a Round 3 victory in 1981.
Southampton have lost 14 of their last 18 FA Cup matches against sides in the top flight.
Juan Mata scored four and assisted four goals for Chelsea in the FA Cup last year (from seven appearances).
Frank Lampard has been involved in nine goals (scored five, assisted four) in his last eight FA Cup appearances for Chelsea.
Southampton squad: K Davis, Gazzaniga, Boruc, Richardson, Stephens, Clyne, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Reeves, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Cork, Chaplow, De Ridder, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Puncheon, Lee, Lambert, Rodriguez, Mayuka.
Chelsea squad: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Moses, Marin, Piazon, Torres, Ba, Hilario.
Southend v Brentford (Saturday, 3pm)
Southend hope to extend midfielder Marc Laird’s loan spell but are waiting for new terms to be agreed with parent club Leyton Orient.
Mark Phillips (knee) is hoping for a recall but striker Neil Harris (knee) is not expected to return to the side.
Brentford boss Uwe Rosler will be without defender Rob Kiernan who has returned to Wigan after a loan spell.
Fellow loanees Marcello Trotta, Jake Bidwell and Tom Adeyemi are available but Kevin O’Connor (ankle) is ruled out.
The one previous FA Cup clash between the Shrimpers and the Bees came back in 1929, when Southend won a first round game 1-0 on home soil.
Southend have already eliminated Brentford from the JP Trophy this season; winning 2-1 on December 4th 2012.
Five of Southend’s last seven FA Cup ties have gone to a replay.
Brentford have conceded just two goals in their last three FA Cup games away from home.
Long time coming: Benoit Assou-Ekotto hasn’t featured for Tottenham since the start of September
Tottenham v Coventry (Saturday, 3pm)
Left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto has overcome his knee injury and looks set to make his first Tottenham appearance in four months tomorrow against Coventry in the FA Cup.
Midfielder Scott Parker is likely to make his first start of the season and goalkeeper Brad Friedel could play as manager Andre Villas-Boas looks to rotate his squad following a tiring festive period.
Winger Gareth Bale is available following his one-match suspension but defender William Gallas (calf) is unlikely to feature and Younes Kaboul is out until mid-to-late February with his knee problem.
Coventry City have lost 18-goal top scorer David McGoldrick, who has moved on to Ipswich Town for the rest of the campaign following his successful half-season loan from Nottingham Forest.
The Sky Blues hope loan signing Leon Clarke is cleared to come in up front.
This will only be the second FA Cup meeting between Tottenham and Coventry since the famous 1987 Final, when Gary Mabbutt’s own goal earned the Sky Blues a dramatic extra-time win.
Spurs have won both of the other FA Cup ties between these sides, winning 3-1 in 1981 and 2-0 in 2002.
Coventry City have lost eight and won just two of their 13 clashes with top flight sides in the FA Cup.
Jermain Defoe has scored five times in his last six starts in the FA Cup.
Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Gomes, Walker, Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Caulker, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Falque, Townsend, Livermore, Carroll, Mason, Huddlestone, Parker, Sandro, Dembele, Bale, Defoe, Adebayor.
Wigan v Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm)
Roger Espinoza and Angelo Henriquez are both expected to make their Wigan debuts in tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round tie with Bournemouth at the DW Stadium.
Espinoza completed his move from American Major League Soccer this lunchtime whilst Henriquez has joined on loan from Manchester United for the remainder of the campaign.
Manager Roberto Martinez is expected to make a number of changes, with Callum McManaman amongst those tipped for a rare start, while Arouna Kone is available before heading off on African Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast.
Set to depart: Arouna Kone (left) is posied to depart for the African Nations Cup
Bournemouth have little to worry about on the injury front ahead of their trip to Wigan.
The only real selection dilemma for boss Eddie Howe is which goalkeeper he will select.
Former Peterborough keeper Shwan Jalal played in their victories over Dagenham and Carlisle in the earlier rounds, but has played second fiddle to the Cherries’ current number one David James in the League.
The one previous FA Cup game between Wigan and Bournemouth was at this stage of the 1986 competition and ended 3-0 to the Latics.
Bournemouth have qualified for the fourth round on three of the last four occasions that they have reached this stage of the competition. However, this is their first appearance in the Third Round since 2005.
Wigan haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last six games against lower league opposition in the FA Cup.
Matt Tubbs has scored five goals in his last three FA Cup appearances.
Wigan squad: Al Habsi, Pollitt, Boyce, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Beausejour, Jones, Maloney, Espinoza, McCarthy, McArthur, Stam, McManaman, Di Santo, Henriquez, Boselli, Fyvie, Redmond, Mustoe, Orsula, Morris.
West Ham v Man Utd (Saturday, 5.15pm – live on ITV1)
Sam Allardyce could be tempted to start Joe Cole for tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester United at Upton Park after the midfielder rejoined West Ham from Liverpool on a free transfer on Friday.
Captain Kevin Nolan and defender James Collins are back from a one-match suspension.
Defender Joey O’Brien is a doubt with a hamstring problem while striker Andy Carroll (knee) and midfielder Mohamed Diame (hamstring) continue their rehabilitation.
Running riot: Ruud van Nistelrooy scores Manchester United’s fifth goal in a 6-0 win over West Ham when the sides last met in the FA Cup 10 years ago
Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic are set to bolster Manchester United’s defence.
Jones has missed three games with a minor injury while Vidic was rested for the New Year’s Day trip to Wigan.
Wayne Rooney (knee) has been ruled out for a further two weeks while Nani (hamstring) will not be considered despite returning to training this morning.
This will be the eighth FA Cup tie between West Ham United and Manchester United, who met in the 1964 semi-finals. West Ham lead the head-to-head 4-3.
The last FA Cup clash between these sides in 2003, however, saw the Red Devils win 6-0 at Old Trafford.
West Ham have won eight and lost just two of their last 13 home games in the FA Cup.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have won four of their last six matches in the FA Cup when away to fellow Premier League teams.
West Ham squad: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O’Brien, O’Neil, Reid, Tomkins, Vaz Te, Maiga, Noble, Jarvis, Spence, Joe Cole, Taylor, Collison, Carlton Cole, Lletget, Diarra, Spiegel, Lee.
Manchester United squad: Lindegaard, De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner, Evra, Cleverley, Giggs, Fletcher, Scholes, Carrick, Kagawa, Young, Hernandez, Welbeck, Van Persie.
Swansea v Arsenal (Sunday, 1.30pm – live on ESPN)
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has a fully-fit squad to select from for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round clash with Arsenal.
Top scorer Michu played 90 minutes as he returned from an ankle injury against Aston Villa, while Angel Rangel has also recently returned from a calf problem.
But Laudrup may opt to make changes against the Gunners, with the Swans facing the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday.
Arsenal reported no fresh injury problems. Reserve goalkeeper Vito Mannone has been struggling with a virus, as has midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, back from his loan spell at Charlton.
Midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) and defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) are back in training, but not yet match fit.
Form man: Danny Graham (left) has scored in his last two games for Swansea
This will be the fourth FA Cup tie between Swansea and Arsenal, but the first since 1968.
Swansea won the first meeting between the sides in 1926 but have since lost the last two.
The Jacks have won their last two Premier League matches against Arsenal, 2-0 at the Emirates in December and 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium last January.
In 19 previous FA Cup ties with teams from the same division, Swansea have progressed just four times and on neither occasion in the last three years.
Arsenal haven’t failed to make the Fourth Round of the FA Cup since 1996.
Swansea squad: Vorm, Bartley, Flores, Williams, Britton, Lita, Michu, Graham, Hernandez, Dyer, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Ki, Tremmel, Agustien, Gower, Richards, Davies.
Arsenal Squad: Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Podolski, Cazorla, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta, Walcott, Mannone, Giroud, Ramsey, Gervinho, Koscielny, Rosicky, Coquelin, Martinez, Arshavin, Jenkinson.
Mansfield v Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm – live on ESPN)
Striker Luis Suarez looks like getting a rest as Liverpool head to Mansfield in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
New signing Daniel Sturridge will be included in the visitors’ squad but may not be match-fit enough to start.
Defender Jose Enrique has been ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring problem so Glen Johnson may have to continue to fill in at left-back.
New kid on the block: Daniel Sturridge could make his Liverpool debut
Stags manager Paul Cox is expected to name a strong side as he bids to cause a huge upset, and he will be able to call on the services of top scorers Jake Speight and Matt Green. Both have scored eight goals this season.
This is only the second time Liverpool and Mansfield have been drawn together in any competition; Liverpool eliminated Mansfield from the 1970/71 League Cup in the other.
Liverpool last faced non-league opposition in this tournament in 2008, when the Reds were forced to come from behind twice in a 5-2 defeat of Havant & Waterlooville.
The Stags have lost just one game in their last 12 in all competitions, winning five and drawing six.
In Daniel Sturridge’s last seven starts in the FA Cup for Chelsea, the forward bagged himself seven goals.
Liverpool squad: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Johnson, Henderson, Allen, Lucas, Downing, Shelvey, Suso, Reina, Skrtel, Gerrard, Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling, Sahin, Robinson, Coady.
The future: Young Everton prospect, Ross Barkley may be given a chance to impress at Cheltenham
Cheltenham v Everton
(Monday, 7.45pm – live on ESPN)
Everton manager David Moyes will try to freshen up his side for Monday’s FA Cup third-round tie at npower League Two club Cheltenham.
Left-back Leighton Baines could be in line for a rest as Bryan Oviedo may be given a run out while midfielders Thomas Hitzlsperger and Ross Barkley may come into contention for a start.
Forward Kevin Mirallas and defender Seamus Coleman (both hamstring) are still sidelined, as are Tony Hibbert (calf) and Darron Gibson (thigh).
Cheltenham will be without Chris Zebroski after the club terminated his contract following the striker’s absence in a match against Oxford.
The Robins have though extended the loan spell of midfielder Jake Taylor for a further month.
This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Cheltenham and Everton.
Everton have won three and lost none of their last five FA Cup games on the road.
Cheltenham have progressed just once in their last eight draws against teams from higher divisions; and never against a top flight side (from three ties).
Only once since 1912 have Everton been eliminated by a team from the fourth tier or below. It was by Shrewsbury in 2003 at this stage of the competition.
Everton squad: Howard, Jagielka, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Duffy, Barkley, Neville, Anichebe, Vellios, Francisco.