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  1. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte news conference
  2. Blues expected to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley
  3. FA Cup third round news conferences
  4. Rafael Benitez on Newcastle v Luton
  5. Pep Guardiola on Man City v Burnley
  6. Get involved: #bbcfootball

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

Enjoy the BBC's FA Cup coverage this weekend and if your team is competing then good luck.

A Merseyside cup classic

Liverpool v Everton (19:55 GMT)

‘You’ll never see a better match’ – Liverpool v Everton 1991

Remember you can watch this FA Cup third-round tie from 19:30 GMT on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and on the BBC Sport website.

What is the price of a phone call these days?

Brighton v Crystal Palace (Mon, 19:45 GMT)

Crystal Palace

Hodgson - once again - on possible offers from winger Wilfried Zaha: "It's not a case of me expecting or not expecting offers for Zaha, all I've said is I can understand him catching the eye. We have no interest in selling him, so I'd advise those thinking of making offers to not waste the price of a phone call."

Just an illusion

Man City v Burnley (Sat, 15:00GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Pep Guardiola is sticking with his mantra that winning all four trophies is impossible - whilst stating he is not going to abandon trying to win any of them.

'An illusion' were Guardiola's precise words, although he did say he might revise that opinion in March or April, by which time the EFL Cup will already have been decided.

'I don't know what the budget is'

Newcastle v Luton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Newcastle United

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez on team selection for the FA Cup tie: "We will have a strong team... I will try to play a strong team to make sure that we put everything in and try to win."

On the January transfer window: "I don’t know exactly what is our budget, so I don’t have any news. We have to keep working, make sure we have our targets, but all I can is prepare for the game. We had a meeting last week but I am waiting for an answer)."

On facing Luton: "We approach this year with the same idea - one game at a time. We know Luton are doing well in the league and will bring a lot of fans."

Vardy returns to Fleetwood

Jamie Vardy: the Fleetwood Town story

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is expected to return to his former club Fleetwood Town for this weekend's FA Cup third-round tie.

Watch the vid and read Simon Stone's piece.

'Coleman will start tomorrow'

Bolton v Huddersfield (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Huddersfield Town

Here's Huddersfield manager David Wagner speaking before Saturday's FA Cup tie at Bolton.

Team news: "Terence Kongolo will be involved tomorrow but I will decide my starting line-up after training. He looked good in his first two training sessions and I think he will help us for sure.

"The only position I can confirm is that Joel Coleman will start tomorrow if everything goes well in training. Chris Lowe isn’t involved tomorrow, he is rested in a minute. He is a doubt for the West Ham game.

"Everyone else is in training; Phil Billing may be in the squad and Jon Stankovic is also back on the grass."

On playing Bolton: "There will be a different starting XI to the last one but how many times do we have the same starting XI two games in a row? So this shouldn’t be a surprise.

"There’s no doubt we will have to be at our very best to go through. We have a lot of respect for Championship teams and we know how good and intense the matches are but we want to be successful."


Brighton v Crystal Palace (Mon, 19:45 GMT)

Crystal Palace

Hodgson on hopes in the FA Cup:

"We're not in a position yet where we can put all our eggs in that basket [trying to reach the FA Cup Final]. We've got a lot of broken eggs, so have to balance these things across two competitions."

On the January transfer window: "The thing you don't know is how fit your players are going to stay, so we all want extra cover. If you had a crystal ball telling you everyone would stay fit, the list of players needed would be relatively small."

Here's Roy...

Brighton v Crystal Palace (Mon, 19:45 GMT)

Crystal Palace

Hodgson on team news: "Not certain that Jason [Puncheon] will need surgery, but he'll need his knee in a brace for several months. We're waiting for the swelling to go down on his and Scott Dann's knees.

"None of Ruben Loftius-Cheek, Joel Ward, Mamadou Sakho will be available for Monday's game, along with a few other knocks in the squad. I don't know how many changes I would have made without these injuries, squad is thin on the ground. We'll have a strong, competitive team v Brighton."

'We will try to play the best team as possible'

Man City v Burnley (15:00 GMT)

Manchester City

On the January transfer window: "The tough experience is to buy players now because teams want to keep their players. If it doesn't happen then we'll cope with the players we have.

On Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "He deserves a lot of credit. What he has done so far is amazing. Out of the five or six contenders to win the Premier League it's Burnley.

On whether he will play younger players against Burnley:

"No way. We will try to play the best team as possible. I start to watch Bristol City [against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup and play City in the last four] and impressed how tough. The schedule is what it is. All the doctors and physios say less than 48 hours the body hasn't recovered, but we have to adapt. It is what it is."

On if he still thinks it's impossible to win all four competitions:

"Maybe that question if we are in all the four competitions then I will talk it up. But tomorrow is the first round for us. But at the moment the four competitions is not realistic - you need 34 players."

'David Luiz is ready'

Norwich v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


Conte on striker Alvaro Morata missing one-on-ones in recent games: "If he scored we would have won the game again Arsenal. The striker's job is to score but they also make mistakes. Last two games Morata is unlucky but I was pleased of his work for the team.

On his squad for the game against Norwich: "When you play every two days. You have to make many rotations. My idea is to continue like the past and make rotations. I believe in my players. We want to try to get to the next round. David Luiz is ready and will be in contention. Only problem we have is with Eden Hazard who had a kick in his calf."

'Maybe Jose was speaking about himself'

Norwich v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on reports that he will leave the club: "We are reading a lot of stories about myself. This is the history here. You have to try to work and do your best. If you remember the first game after Burnley. The rumour was that Chelsea was trying to replace me. There are a lot of rumours."

On Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggesting that Blues midfielder Eden Hazard was diving:

"If Arsene watches the game again, he was very lucky with the referee decisions."

On Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho on talking about managers acting like clowns on the sidelines:

"He has to see himself in the past. Maybe he was speaking about himself in the past. Sometimes someone forgot what someone said in the past."

'Barkley is a good prospect for Chelsea'


Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: "I think if there is news the club will inform you. This is the right way. We are talking about an English player and young player - he is a good prospect for Chelsea. Good opportunity for the club to buy this player. For sure he's a good prospect for Chelsea. For news, the club will inform you

"He's very young. I think he has a lot of space for improvement. Room for improvement. He's strong physically and had good technique.

"It's important to understand about when he can recover from his injury. This player has not played for seven months. If this player signs for the club we must have patience and help him recover quickly."

On wanting West Ham striker Andy Carroll?

"In the transfer market, I don't know. I gave my opinion to the club. The club decide the players we can buy and sell.

"We have just started to listen. The club decide on the transfers."

Conte set to speak - Barkley update?

Norwich v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


The Everton midfielder is expected to seal a £15m move today!

Pep's problem

Man City v Burnley (Sat, 15:00GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester City's bid for an unprecedented clean sweep of all four major trophies continues tomorrow when they entertain Burnley in the FA Cup.

Is it possible?

Manager Pep Guardiola thinks not - and looking at the fixture list, it is easy to see why.

Tomorrow's tie is followed by a League Cup semi-final first leg with Bristol City, either side of that are Premier League games with Watford and Liverpool.

In February and March, City could be playing Chelsea in the Premier League and EFL Cup final, Basel in the Champions League and an FA Cup fifth round tie over the space of three weeks, and have a league game to rearrange.

No wonder the four-timer has never been done before.

Guardiola speaks at 13:30GMT.

England trio challenge you to sign up!


Consider yourself a great five-a-side footballer or willing to give it a go?

Fancy something fun to get 2018 off to a great start?

Want a chance to play at St George's Park and go to the FA Cup final?

Sign up is now available for the FA People's Cup - the free five-a-side competition that's back and even bigger than before. Don't take our word for it, listen to these three......

FA People's Cup 2018: England trio Lingard, Butland, Maguire challenge you to play

Find out all the details about the competition here - and you'll be able to see Jesse Lingard, Jack Butland and Harry Maguire try our five-a-side challenge on the BBC Sport website on Saturday.

Tune in tomorrow, sing and dance to it

We celebrate the iconic Sports Report which turns 70 this week.

If you do end up dancing to it then post the video on #bbcfootball so we can all laugh at, and along with, you.

Do you like video quizzes?

Well, play this special FA Cup third round one which we've produced with the third round in mind.

Here's the link because if you try to click on that image below you'll look stupid.


FA Cup predictions: Khan v Lawro

FA Cup: Comedian Guz Khan predicts third-round scores

Guz Khan, star of BBC Three's comedy series 'Man Like Mobeen', predicts a selection of scores for this weekend's FA Cup third-round matches, including a big win for his beloved Manchester United.

Is this Jose at his hotel?

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Manchester United play Derby at 20:00 GMT in their FA Cup third-round tie.

BBC's FA Cup coverage

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"Is that the Merseyside derby on TV?"

The BBC is all over the FA Cup third round like Donald Trump is with that new book.

Here are the games the Corp will be televising:

Friday, 5 January:

Liverpool v Everton, BBC One, kick-off 19:55 GMT.

Saturday, 6 January:

Fleetwood v Leicester, BBC One, 12:45 GMT.

Sunday, 7 January:

Newport v Leeds, BBC One Wales, 12:00 GMT.

Shrewsbury v West Ham, BBC One, 14:00 GMT.

You can obviously watch these games on this website. There are also highlights shows on BBC One on Saturday and Sunday (22:30 GMT).

BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra will, as per usual, provide comprehensive coverage.

We will have a live Football Focus previewing the third-round matches on Saturday at 12:15 GMT on BBC One, followed by FA Cup Final Score.

Rounding off four days of Match of the Day, there will be a special edition for the live fourth-round draw on Monday, 8 January (19.00 GMT, BBC Two).

Barkley's banked?

Ross Barkley

Hello all.

We have coming up a handful of conferences where Premier League managers will talk all things FA Cup third round, but perhaps the one that will garner the most focus is at 13:15 GMT when Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will no doubt be asked about the imminent £15m signing of Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

His side face Champ side Norwich City at 17:30 GMT on Saturday.

Our other speakers include Man City's Josep Guardiola Sala (13:30-ish) and Newcastle Rafael Benitez Maudes (13:30-ish).