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The FA Cup Third Round Draw Has Been Made And It's Served Up A Few Crackers

The FA Cup Third Round Draw Has Been Made And It's Served Up A Few Crackers
By Mikey Traynor
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The FA Cup Third Round draw has been made tonight, and that means the big guns of English football have been added into the draw.

There were five non-league teams in the draw, all of them no doubt praying for a big draw against a Premier League side, and a few of them got their wish! Elsewhere as always we have some tasty all-Premier League ties which will no doubt he hotly contested.

The third-round ties will take place between 3 and 6 January.

The draw in full:

Arsenal v Hull City

Southampton v Ipswich Town


Stoke City v Wrexham

Charlton Athletic v Blackburn

Dover Athletic v Crystal Palace


AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool

Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday

Aldershot/Rochdale v Nottingham Forest


West Brom v Gateshead

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham City

Aston Villa v Blackpool


Rotherham v AFC Bournemouth

Huddersfield Town v Reading

Oxford/Tranmere v Swansea City


Cardiff City v Colchester


Bolton v Wigan

Sunderland v Leeds


Burnley v Tottenham

Millwall v Bradford City

Derby v Southport

Brentford v Brighton

Fulham v Wolves

Leicester City v Newcastle United

Scunthorpe/Worcester City v Chesterfield

Everton v West Ham

Cambridge/Mansfield v Bury/Luton

Chelsea v Watford

Barnsley/Chester v Middlesbrough

QPR v Sheffield United

Accrington Stanley/Yeovil v Manchester United

Preston v Norwich

Doncaster v Bristol City

The glamour tie is clearly Arsenal vs Hull City, a repeat of last year's FA Cup final and one of four all-Premier League ties, the others being Burnley v Spurs, Leicester vs Newcastle, and Everton vs West Ham. Manchester United will enjoy a rare FA Cup tie against non-Premier League opposition as they travel to either Accrington or Yeovil, while Liverpool with have to navigate a tricky trip to AFC Wimbledon.

Non-league Blyth Spartans head to Birmingham City, while Gateshead will no doubt be thrilled with their away day at West Brom.

There are a few other games which catch the eye, such as Shane Long's Southampton taking on Mick McCarthy's Irish contingent at Ipswich Town, Sunderland vs Leeds, and Cardiff City hosting Wigan Athletic which will no doubt create a media frenzy due to the recent public tiff between Vincent Tan and the Wigan pair of Malky Mackay and Dave Whelan.

Bring on the FA Cup!

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