It's 'Marine vs Mourinho' as eighth-tier side set for mammoth Spurs clash


Eighth-tier Marine, the joint lowest-ranked team in the competition, have landed a lucrative encounter with Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup - the biggest mismatch in the history of the world's oldest soccer competition.

It is already being labelled "Marine vs. Mourinho," with Spurs manager Jose Mourinho set to take his team to Merseyside for a match against an opponent whose league is on hold because of the national lockdown.

Marine play in the Northern Premier League North West and are in the FA Cup third round for just the second time after scoring a winner in the last minute of extra time on Sunday.

Elsewhere in third round action, defending champions Arsenal will welcome Newcastle United.

Twelve-times winners Manchester United will play host to second-tier Watford while Premier League champions Liverpool face a tricky trip to Aston Villa, as they look to avenge last month's 7-2 league defeat.

Manchester City will be at home to Birmingham City, while Chelsea welcome fourth-tier side Morecambe.

Crystal Palace will be on the road at Wolverhampton Wanderers in an all-Premier League showdown.

The third round, to be played between January 8-11, is when teams from the Premier League and second-tier Championship join the competition.

The FA Cup has scrapped replays for this season to help ease fixture congestion caused by the COVID-19 crisis, amplifying the chances of a few additional upsets en route to the showpiece match at Wembley on May 15, 2021.


Huddersfield Town v Plymouth Argyle

Southampton v Shrewsbury Town

Chorley v Derby County

Marine v Tottenham Hotspur

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace

Stockport County v West Ham United

Oldham Athletic v AFC Bournemouth

Manchester United v Watford

Stevenage v Swansea City

Everton v Rotherham United

Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City

Arsenal v Newcastle United

Barnsley v Tranmere Rovers

Bristol Rovers v Sheffield United

Canvey Island or Boreham Wood v Millwall

Blackburn Rovers v Doncaster Rovers

Stoke City v Leicester City

Wycombe Wanderers v Preston North End

Crawley Town v Leeds United

Burnley v Milton Keynes Dons

Bristol City v Portsmouth

Queens Park Rangers v Fulham

Aston Villa v Liverpool

Brentford v Middlesbrough

Manchester City v Birmingham City

Luton Town v Reading

Chelsea v Morecambe

Exeter City v Sheffield Wednesday

Norwich City v Coventry City

Blackpool v West Bromwich Albion

Newport County v Brighton & Hove Albion

Cheltenham Town v Mansfield Town

Source AAP