West Ham are in the hat for today’s FA Cup third round draw and here’s everything you need to know including ball numbers.
Some of West Ham’s key stars may be over in Qatar with their minds fully focused on lifting the World Cup.
But attentions will briefly return to club affairs for the Hammers on Monday night when the FA Cup third round draw is made.
David Moyes has made no secret of the fact he wants to try and win a cup with West Ham.
Although his players blew a huge chance by exiting a wide open Carabao Cup at the first hurdle with defeat to Blackburn’s reserves before the World Cup break.
Now one of the biggest nights of any football fan’s calendar is here – the FA Cup third round draw.
Because West Ham and their 19 Premier League counterparts enter the competition at this stage.
Here is everything West Ham fans need to know ahead of the draw, which will take place between 7-7.30pm at Anfield, the home of holders Liverpool.
West Ham are one of 64 teams in the hat for the third round draw as they start on what fans will hope is a journey to winning their first FA Cup for 43 years, since the memorable victory over Arsenal at Wembley.
The matches then take place across the weekend of January 7, 2023 – around three weeks after the World Cup final.
West Ham fans can watch the draw on the official Emirates FA Cup Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts and it will also be broadcast live on BBC One.
The Hammers will be ball number 42 for the draw.
Here are some other significant ball numbers for West Ham supporters to look out for ahead of finding out who their third round opponents will be.
The FA Cup is often the only chance for West Ham to face their oldest and fiercest rivals Millwall. The Lions are ball number 26 in the draw.
Another bitter rival Tottenham Hotspur are ball number 39.
The likes of Boreham Wood (57), Dagenham and Redbridge or Gillingham (58), Hartlepool (54), Shrewsbury (53) and Forest Green (51) and Accrington Stanley (47) are all potential opponents for the Hammers.
There could be some Hollywood stardust on the horizon for Moyes and the boys too with National League Wrexham – now famously owned by stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob Mcelhenney – in the hat as ball number 46.
West Ham will undoubtedly want to avoid the Premier League big guns with leaders Arsenal ball number 2, Chelsea 12, Liverpool 21, Man City 23 and Man United 24.
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