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Gillingham's FA Cup third round tie against West Ham will be live on television

Gillingham's FA Cup third round tie against West Ham has been switched for live television coverage.

The game at Priestfield will now be played on Sunday, January 5 with the unusual kick-off time of 6.16pm.

Gillingham boss Steve Evans. Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham boss Steve Evans. Picture: Ady Kerry

It is one of four matches in this round selected for television coverage by BT Sport.

They will also be showing Rochdale or Boston v Newcastle United (12.31pm) and Wolves v Manchester United (5.31pm) on Saturday, January 4 plus Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur (2.01pm) on January 5.

BBC1 will show Liverpool v Everton on Sunday, January 5 at 4.01pm and Arsenal v Leeeds United on Monday, January 6 with a 7.56pm kick-off.

Every third round tie will kick off a minute later than usual as part of a campaign to highlight mental health.

How can I watch Gillingham v West Ham?

The best way, of course, is to get a ticket for the game at Priestfield. The Gills are yet to announce ticket prices and when they will go on sale but priority will be given to season-ticket holders.

TV channel: The match will be televised in the UK on BT Sport, with kick-off at 6.16pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers can watch the match online via the BT Sport video player and the BT Sport app.

Match coverage: KentOnline Sport will be keeping you up to date with all the build-up and action via our match blog service with Luke Cawdell at www.kentonline.co.uk.

Gillingham have already made more than £100,000 from their FA Cup run to date this season and will bank a further £150,000 broadcast fee after being selected for live coverage.

Gills needed a replay to overcome Sunderland in the first round and beat fellow League 1 side Doncaster Rovers 3-0 in the second round on Sunday.

West Ham have won only one of their last 10 matches in all competitions, albeit a 1-0 victory at Chelsea, and sit 13th in the Premier League.

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