FA Cup LIVE: Chelsea vs Morecambe and Manchester City vs Birmingham

FA Cup LIVE: Under-fire Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hoping for big win as Blues welcome League Two outfit Morecambe to Stamford Bridge while Pep Guardiola’s Man City face off against Birmingham… plus the rest of the third round action

  • Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will welcome League Two Morecambe to the Bridge
  • Manchester City are up against Championship side Birmingham in the FA Cup
  • Sportsmail will provide the latest third round updates with Leeds facing Crawley 
  • Latest FA Cup news, live action and results can be found here 

The FA Cup third round is up and running and after watching some giant killing unfold already in this special competition, there is excitement ramping up for Sunday’s games. 

Chelsea and Manchester City are both in action in the early fixtures, with Frank Lampard’s men hosting League Two minnows Morecambe – a team that sit 66 places  below them in the Football League. The Blues boss is under pressure following their 3-1 defeat to City and will be aware this is a game he simply must win.

Pep Guardiola’s City are already in one final – booking their place in the Carabao Cup Wembley showpiece against Tottenham on April 25 – and will be eyeing up another trophy as they welcome Championship side Birmingham to the Etihad.  

Leeds and Brighton are the other two Premier League teams in action this afternoon as they face Crawley and Newport respectively, before Marine’s fairytale clash against Tottenham later on. 

Follow Sportmail’s OLLIE LEWIS for live FA Cup third round coverage including score, lineups and build-up with full commentary of Chelsea vs Morecambe.

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It won’t be the first time Aitor Karanka is in the opposing dugout to Pep Guardiola. The Birmingham boss was Jose Mourinho’s assistant during the fierce El Clasico battles between the clubs.

The former Boro boss thinks Guardiola is a more complete manager at Man City than he was with that great Barcelona side.

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He’s been shunted out since the arrival of Eduoard Mendy, but with Chelsea leaky at the back, and the new goalkeeper making a handful of errors, could we see Kepa force his way back between the sticks for Frank Lampard’s side?

Barnsley vs Tranmere

Barnsley XI: Andersen, Brittain, Chaplin, Collins, Frieser, Helik, Kane, Mowatt, Solbauer, Styles, Woodrow

Tranmere XI: Davies, Ferrier, Khan, Lewis, Monthe, O’Connor, Ray, Ridehalgh, Spearing, Vaughan, Woolery

Bristol City vs Portsmouth

Bristol City XI: Bentley, Mariappa, Kalas, Mawson, Rowe, Semenyo, Nagy, Bakinson, Adelakun, Martin, Diedhiou

Portsmouth XI: MacGillivray, Johnson, Raggett, Nicolaisen, Brown, Naylor, Cannon, Harness. Williams, Jacobs, Marquis

Cheltenham vs Mansfield

Cheltenham XI: Griffiths, Raglan, Tozer, Boyle, Blair, Hussey, Thomas, Chapman, May, Lloyd, Williams 

Mansfield XI: Stech, O’Keefe, Rawson, Sweeney, Benning, Lapslie, Maris, Charsley, McLaughlin, Reid, Bowery

There had been hopes of a starting place for Mark Wright against Leeds, but the TOWIE star has to settle for a place on the bench for this afternoon’s game.

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, Emerson, Gilmour, Mount, Havertz, Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi, Werner

Morecambe XI: Halstead, Hendrie, Knight-Percival, Davis, Slew, Stockton, Wildig, Mendes Gomes, Phillips, Cooney, Songo’o

Man City XI: Steffen, Cancelo, Dias, Walker, Mendy, Rodrigo, Mahrez, De Bruyne (C), Foden, Bernardo, Jesus

Birmingham City XI: Prieto, Colin, Clarke-Salter, San Jose, Friend, Sunjic, Kieftenbeld, Sanchez, Toral, Leko, Hogan

Crawley XI: Morris, Francomb, Craig, Tunnicliffe, Dallison, Tsaroulla, Powell, Hessenthaler, Matthews, Nadesan, Nichols.

Leeds XI: Casilla, Davis, Struijk, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Shackleton, Hernandez, Poveda, Costa, Rodrigo.

Good afternoon and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of more third round action from this season’s FA Cup.

It’s good to have the cup back, isn’t it? We’ve been treated to some exciting games so far, with the likes of non-league Chorley booking their place in the next round while West Bromwich Albion suffered a shock defeat to League One’s Blackpool Town.

There are plenty of games to come today, starting with no fewer than six 1.30pm kick offs. Chelsea, Manchester City and Leeds United take on lower league opposition, with all hoping to avoid any embarrassing slip ups that the cup can conjure up on occasion.

Stay tuned as we provide full commentary of Chelsea vs Morecambe, as well as score updates from around the grounds. Team news to come shortly. 

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