FA Cup holders Liverpool begin the defence of their title when they welcome Wolves to Anfield to complete an exciting day of third round action.
All three remaining National League sides are also in action on Saturday, while Premier League big-hitters Newcastle are one of five top-flight sides putting their reputations on the line at lower-league opponents.
|What||Tottenham v Portsmouth, FA Cup|
|Where||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London|
|When||12:30, Saturday 7th January, 2023|
|How to watch||BBC red button & bet365 Sports Live Streaming|
|Odds||Tottenham 1/7, Draw 15/2, Portsmouth 16/1|
"Preservation isn't a good option – it rarely ends well," says Portsmouth caretaker boss Simon Bassey, a man who a week ago was anticipating standing in the shadows at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but instead will find himself in the technical area alongside Antonio Conte.
Bassey was commenting after watching Spurs thrash Crystal Palace 4-0 in the Premier League, a second-half performance that prompted the interim Pompey chief to do an 11 v 14 training session in preparation, because he's convinced Tottenham are so good it will look like they've got three more players on the pitch.
Bassey has other problems as well. The League One outfit have got loads of injuries and are also without suspended midfield star Marlon Pack and striker Dane Scarlett, who's on loan from Spurs. They have also only won once in nine, which is why Bassey is in charge in the first place, Danny Cowley having been sacked on Wednesday.
On the flip side, Conte sent out a second-string team against Morecambe at this stage of last year's competition and they were a goal down until the 74th minute by which time Harry Kane had been brought on. Spurs eventually won 3-1.
|What||Gillingham v Leicester, FA Cup|
|Where||Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham|
|When||12:30, Saturday 7th January, 2023|
|How to watch||BBC1 & bet365 Sports Live Streaming|
|Odds||Gillingham 12/1, Draw 6/1, Leicester 1/5|
Gillingham boss Neil Harris has masterminded an FA Cup shock against Leicester before, when his Millwall side, then of League One, toppled the Foxes in 2017.
Since then, Leicester have gone on to lift the cup while Harris has gone on to Priestfield Stadium, where he manages the most goal-shy side in the land.
The 12/1 shot Gills have only scored seven times in 23 League Two matches, a staggeringly dire record which will surely persuade many punters to pile into the Leicester & both teams not to score at .
The warning sign for prospective Leicester backers is that their own team head for Kent on a three-match losing streak and Gillingham, almost implausibly, did manage to beat Brentford in the League Cup in November.
Four other top-flight teams face away days at lower-league opponents – and all look challenging.
|What||Coventry v Wrexham, FA Cup|
|Where||CBS Arena, Coventry|
|When||17:30, Saturday 7th January, 2023|
|How to watch||S4C & bet365 Sports Live Streaming|
|Odds||Coventry 5/6, Draw 13/5, Wrexham 7/2|
Wrexham, one of three National League sides to have made the third round, will be backed by 4,000 travelling fans at the CBS Arena at Coventry.
Being on TV certainly won't faze the North Wales mob – one of the benefits of being owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney is that life at the Racecourse Ground has turned into a media circus.
Mark Robins' Sky Blues have won one of their last six and this is about as thankless a task as they could have hoped for.
Wrexham's fifth-tier rivals Chesterfield were never going to match last year's prize draw of a third-round trip to Chelsea, but they are still delighted to be welcoming in-form West Brom to Saltergate. The Spireites are to stun Carlos Corberan's men.
Boreham Wood aren't in the best of form – two wins in nine – but neither are Stanley, who are only outside the League One relegation places on goal difference.
|What||Liverpool v Wolverhampton, FA Cup|
|When||20:00, Saturday 7th January, 2023|
|How to watch||ITV4 & bet365 Sports Live Streaming|
|Odds||Liverpool 3/10, Draw 9/2, Wolverhampton 17/2|
Liverpool fans could get their first sighting of World Cup star Cody Gakpo, who is 5/1 as a First Goalscorer in the holders' showdown with Wolves.
Gakpo scored three goals for Netherlands in Qatar before clinching a £40m switch from PSV to Liverpool and with Jurgen Klopp sure to want to rest either Mo Salah or Darwin Nunez – or maybe both – the Dutch international may well get his chance.
The Champions League – and qualifying for next year's Champions League – will be Klopp's spring-time priorities and he will make plenty of changes with Virgil van Dijk also ruled out.
That may offer Wolves a better chance than odds imply though boss Julen Lopetegui has been frustrated about the two days' less preparation time his side have enjoyed for his first taste of the FA Cup.