Chelsea vs Chesterfield – FA Cup: Live score, team news and updates

Chelsea vs Chesterfield LIVE: Thomas Tuchel shows no mercy against the National League leaders as he starts Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic for the FA Cup clash at Stamford Bridge

  • Non-league Chesterfield head to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea 
  • Spireites will be backed by almost 6,000 fans in dream third round tie
  • Everton make the trip to Hull City in other teatime games, while Southampton also face Championship opposition in Swansea
  • Yeovil Town will hope to cause a giant-killing when they entertain Bournemouth, while Birmingham City host Plymouth Argyle  
  • READ: Sportsmail’s report on 10 kids to watch out for in the FA Cup this weekend
  • Follow this link for all the latest FA Cup news, including live action and results

National League leaders Chesterfield head to Chelsea in a dream FA Cup third round tie on Saturday evening as they look to cause one of the greatest-ever shocks.

Everton face a tricky assignment at Championship Hull City, while Southampton make the trip to Swansea City.

Another non-league side, Yeovil Town, are also aiming to cause an upset at home to Championship pace-setters Bournemouth.  

Follow Sportsmail‘s Max Mathews for live FA Cup third round coverage of Chelsea vs Chesterfield, including all the build-up, team news and updates. 

Elsewhere, there are a further four evening kick-offs which we’ll keep you up-to-date with, namely Hull vs Everton, Swansea vs Southampton, Birmingham vs Plymouth and Yeovil vs Bournemouth.  

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The National League side are second in the fifth tier of English football, one point behind leaders Halifax, but having played one game fewer.

They are among the favourites to get promoted into the Football League this season.

Gaffer James Rowe was just on the BBC, promising his lads will give it a ‘right go’. Could be a nice competitive start, this.

The Spireites (don’t ask me why they’re called that) have ex-Watford goalie Scott Loach between the sticks, with Luke Croll, Fraser Kerr and Gavin Gunning in a back three.

Jeff King and Alex Whittle are at wing-back, with Manny Oyeleke and Curtis Weston in midfield.

James Kellerman and Saidou Khan support the superbly named Kabongo Tshimanga up top.

An interesting-looking line-up from Thomas Tuchel. Third-choice Marcus Bettinelli is between the sticks, and it appears as if winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is at right-back and academy central midfielder Lewis Hall is at left-back…

The rest of the team looks strong though. Christensen and Sarr at CB, Saul and Kovacic in the middle, Pulisic, Werner and Ziyech supporting Lukaku.

Rotherham are leading QPR 1-0 at half-time in extra time thanks to Michael Ihiekwe’s goal, Barnsley v Barrow is still 4-4 but Brighton are now beating West Brom 2-1.

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In much less exciting news, Leicester have beaten Watford 4-1.

Barnsley v Barrow, a frankly ridiculous 4-4, is also in extra time now.

QPR against Rotherham, which finished 0-0, and West Bromwich Albion against Brighton, which finished 1-1, are in extra time.

Boreham Wood have beaten AFC Wimbledon 2-0, Peterborough have beaten Bristol Rovers 2-1, Port Vale were beaten 4-1 by Brentford, with Bryan Mbeumo scoring a hat-trick for the Bees.

Wigan have beaten Blackburn 3-2 as well!

You absolutely love to see it.

Newcastle have been on the wrong end of a couple of FA Cup shocks but this is surely up there. Joe Ironside with the goal, Bulgarian goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov the hero.

What a result.

I will of course bring you the final scores on the doors from around the grounds as and when they come in.

After that, team news from the 5.30pm kick-offs. This is exciting, aye?


Make sure you don’t miss any of that action by following the link to the super Sam McEvoy’s live blog here.

All these games I’m covering kick off at 5.30pm British time – meaning all the 3pm games are not far off finishing…

The biggest headlines: Third-tier Cambridge are beating the richest club in the world Newcastle, and SIXTH-tier Kidderminster Harriers are beating Championship Reading! What a turn up!

A couple of minutes to go…

A couple of decent upsets!

League Two Hartlepool beat Championship Blackpool thanks to teenager Joe Grey’s winner, while Championship Huddersfield beat Premier League Burnley.

Otherwise, things went according to the script – Middlesbrough beating Mansfield (just), Fulham beating Bristol City, Coventry beating Derby and Crystal Palace beating South London rivals Millwall.

As well as Chelsea v Chesterfield, you can also expect updates from Hull vs Everton, Swansea vs Southampton, Yeovil vs Bournemouth and Birmingham vs Plymouth.

Plenty of goals hopefully!

I’m pleasantly surprised the Sportsmail image bank has the Chesterfield badge. What a day.

The National League heavyweights travel to Stamford Bridge today with a faint whiff of a possible shock result against Premier League heavyweights Chelsea.

Would it be the biggest shock in FA Cup history? In footballing history? In SPORTING history?

Saturday evening, the third round of the FA Cup, a non-league side against the European champions and hope in the air.

There’s really nothing else like it.

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