Arsenal-Sunderland FA Cup tie confirmed as 3pm Saturday kick-off

Sunderland defender Sebastian Coates gets in a header in last week's league meeting with Arsenal

Sunderland defender Sebastian Coates gets in a header in last week's league meeting with Arsenal

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Sunderland’s FA Cup third round tie at Arsenal has not been selected for live TV coverage – and has been confirmed as a 3pm kick-off on Saturday, January 9.

The sides met at the Emirates Stadium only last week, with Sam Allardyce’s Black Cats pushing the Gunners hard before succumbing to a 3-1 Premier League defeat.

The cup tie in London kicks off a testing week for Sunderland, who are scheduled to visit Swansea in the Premier League on Tuesday, January 12 and then head to Tottenham the following Saturday.

Liverpool’s FA Cup tie at Exeter will kick off third round weekend, having been selected for live TV coverage by BBC for Friday, January 8.

Two ties will be screened by BT on the Saturday – Aston Villa’s trip to Wycombe Wanderers (12.45pm) and Manchester United’s home tie with League One side Sheffield United (5.30pm).

Two further games are on TV on Sunday, January 10, with Chelsea at home to either Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe United (2pm, BT) and Tottenham entertaining current Premier League leaders Leicester (4pm, BBC).