Manchester United and Arsenal are the most successful clubs in FA Cup history – and they will both hope to regain the outright record for the highest number of victories in 2016-17 as the third round begins this weekend. Arsenal triumphed in 2014 and 2015 to overhaul United’s total of successes by raising their own tally to 12, but they were denied the chance to become only the third ever club to complete a successive FA Cup hat-trick – and the first for 130 years – when they lost their quarter-final at home to Watford.
Instead, it was United who went on to draw level again at the top of the chart when, in manager Louis van Gaal’s last match in charge before being replaced by Jose Mourinho, they triumphed 2-1 after extra time in the final against Crystal Palace at Wembley.
The 2016-17 edition of the world’s oldest recognised football competition will be the 136th in its illustrious history and began with the Extra Preliminary Round on August 6, with the final scheduled for Saturday May 27. One significant difference for this season is that quarter-final replays have been scrapped to reduce fixture congestion and so the four matches between the final eight teams will be settled on the day, via extra time or penalties if required.
The winners of the 2016-17 FA Cup stand to collect £1.8million in prize money, with the runners-up receiving exactly half of that amount and the two losing semi-finalists a quarter, i.e. £450,000 each.
In the finalized third-round draw of the cup, the defending champions, Manchester United will be at home to Reading while Arsenal will travel to Preston North End. West Ham United hosts Manchester City in one of four all-Premier League ties.
Check out the full fixtures below.
Friday January 6
19:55 West Ham United v Manchester City
Saturday January 7
12:30 Manchester United v Reading
15:00 Accrington Stanley v Luton Town
15:00 Barrow v Rochdale
15:00 Birmingham City v Newcastle United
15:00 Blackpool v Barnsley
15:00 Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace
15:00 Brentford v Eastleigh
15:00 Brighton v MK Dons
15:00 Bristol City v Fleetwood Town
15:00 Everton v Leicester City
15:00 Huddersfield Town v Port Vale
15:00 Hull City v Swansea City
15:00 Ipswich Town v Lincoln City
15:00 Millwall v Bournemouth
15:00 Norwich City v Southampton
15:00 QPR v Blackburn Rovers
15:00 Rotherham United v Oxford United
15:00 Stoke City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
15:00 Sunderland v Burnley
15:00 Sutton United v AFC Wimbledon
15:00 Watford v Burton Albion
15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Derby County
15:00 Wigan v Nottingham Forest
15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Stourbridge
17:30 Preston North End v Arsenal
Sunday January 8
11:30 Cardiff City v Fulham
13:30 Liverpool v Plymouth Argyle
15:00 Chelsea v Peterborough United
15:00 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday
16:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Monday January 9
19:45 Cambridge United v Leeds United