FA Cup 2016: Live Stream, Predictions for Sunday's 3rd-Round Fixtures

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03:  Guus Hiddink, manager of Chelsea looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on January 3, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Ian Walton/Getty Images

The pressure is on Chelsea to save their season with a successful run in the FA Cup, and the Premier League champions begin their quest in the third round against Scunthorpe United on Sunday.

New interim coach Guus Hiddink will have to win silverware to be in with a shout of a permanent switch to Stamford Bridge, but their League One opposition will be a difficult challenge.

In Sunday's other matches, there's an all-Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City, who have both shown exceptional form this term.

Also, Cardiff City welcome Shrewsbury Town in the day's late match, as Yeovil Town travel to Carlisle United.

Here is a look at Sunday's fixtures, including live streaming information and scoreline prediction: 

FA Cup 2016: Sunday's Fixtures, Live Streams And Predictions
Time (GMT)Time (ET)Homevs.AwayLive StreamPrediction
12 p.m.7 a.m.Oxford Unitedvs.Swansea CityiPlayer (UK only); Fox Soccer 2Go (US only)3-1
2 p.m.9 a.m.Carlisle Unitedvs.Yeovil Town/1-1
2 p.m.9 a.m.Chelseavs.Scunthorpe UnitedBT Sport App (UK only); Fox Soccer 2Go (US only)1-1
4 p.m.11 a.m.Tottenham Hotspurvs.Leicester CityiPlayer (UK only); Fox Soccer 2Go (US only)3-1
6 p.m.1 p.m.Cardiff Cityvs.Shrewsbury/2-0
BBC Sport

To access the BT Sport app, click here. For Fox Soccer 2Go, click here. For BBC iPlayer, click here.


Chelsea Face Tricky Tie In 3rd Round

The romance of the FA Cup attracts football fans who are young and old each January, as teams from the lower leagues get to battle the big guns of English football.

The tournament saw the minnows of the game fare well against Premier League opposition on Friday and Saturday, as Exeter City almost dumped Liverpool out, claiming a 2-2 draw against the Reds.

Aston Villa were also held to a 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers on their travels, proving the tournament is not for the faint hearted. 

Scunthorpe will certainly fancy their chances on they journey to Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea remain inconsistent.

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park in south London on January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS


The Premier League champions have not got to grips with the defence of their title this term, ending ex-boss Jose Mourinho's second stint in charge of the Blues, despite credible success last season.

As reported by BBC Sport, Chelsea go into the game with only one fit striker, with Diego Costa searching for his best form once again.

The 27-year-old struggled under Mourinho during the current campaign, and he has just seven goals to his name this year in the league and Europe, according to WhoScored.com.

Eden Hazard is likely to miss the visit with injury, joining Radamel Falcao (groin) and Loic Remy (calf) on the sidelines at the Bridge, per BBC Sport.

Top scorer Paddy Madden is ready to return for Scunthorpe, despite a tight hamstring, and Tom Hopper and Gary McSheffrey should also be available for selection after injury. 

SCUNTHORPE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17:  Paddy Madden of Scunthrope United during the Sky Bet League One match between Scunthorpe United and Shrewsbury Town  at Glanford Park on October 17, 2015 in Scunthorpe, England.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Imag
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Despite the likelihood of Scunthorpe sitting back and soaking up pressure, Mark Lawrenson of BBC Sport thinks the Blues will progress with ease:

"Chelsea went out at home to Bradford in round four last season but I don't see lightning striking twice when Scunthorpe go to Stamford Bridge. The Blues have improved since Guus Hiddink took charge, and their fringe players will have too much for Scunthorpe."

However, Hiddink is wary of yet another disastrous result for the west London club, and said he has prepared his troops for the fight, per Peter Hanson of Goal:

"I didn't see it [the Bradford defeat], but I know we must not stumble again. We take all the opponents very seriously, my team and myself. I think they are dreaming of getting a good result. We are well aware of who is playing and who can cause danger. We take it seriously."

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03:  Kurt Zouma of Chelsea hugs Oscar of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on January 3, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Chelsea's form has improved under Hiddink, but the cup is a toxic playground for a team who haven't shown any stomach for the fight in recent months. 

If Chelsea do not score early, it could be a rough ride for Hiddink's men.

The north Lincolnshire team have every chance of snatching a result on Sunday afternoon, forcing a replay back at Glanford Park, where a true giant-killing can take place.

Chelsea supporters will remember the ignominy of the Bradford defeat all too well, and none of the home fans will take a win for granted as their team could once again slip and embarrass themselves. 

Prediction: 1-1 draw 


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