Red Devils, Gunners, Blues in tough FA Cup draws

Monday, December 03, 2012

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LONDON, England (AFP) — Manchester United, Arsenal and holders Chelsea were all handed ties with fellow Premier League sides in the draw for the FA Cup third round yesterday.


Chelsea, winners of four of the last six tournaments, will travel to Southampton, while current league leaders United face an away game at West Ham United, who eliminated Alex Ferguson's side in the fourth round in 2001.


Arsenal, meanwhile, face a swift reunion with Swansea City, whose 2-0 success at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday bumped Arsene Wenger's men down to 10th place in the English top flight.


In the only other all-Premier League tie, Queens Park Rangers were drawn at home to West Bromwich Albion, with English champions Manchester City due to face second-division Watford.


Liverpool, runners-up to Chelsea last season, face an away game at either Lincoln City or Mansfield Town, two former league clubs who now play in the fifth-tier Conference National.


Tottenham Hotspur will play League One (third division) side Coventry City in a repeat of the 1987 final, which saw Coventry prevail through an extra-time own goal by Spurs defender Gary Mabbutt.


The ties are scheduled to be played on the weekend of January 7-8, 2013.


FA Cup third-round draw:


Crystal Palace v Stoke City


Brighton and Hove Albion v Newcastle United


Tottenham Hotspur v Coventry City


Wigan Athletic v Bournemouth


Fulham v Blackpool


Aston Villa v Ipswich Town


Charlton Athletic v Huddersfield Town


Barrow or Macclesfield Town v Cardiff City


Barnsley v Burnley


Manchester City v Watford


Swansea City v Arsenal


Leicester City v Burton Albion


Millwall v Preston North End


Cheltenham Town or Hereford United v Everton


Derby County v Tranmere Rovers


Crawley Town v Reading


Aldershot Town v Rotherham United or Notts County


Middlesbrough v Harrogate Town or Hastings United


Accrington Stanley or Oxford United v Sheffield United


Southampton v Chelsea


Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion


Peterborough United v Norwich City


Lincoln City or Mansfield Town v Liverpool


Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland


Nottingham Forest v Oldham Athletic


West Ham United v Manchester United


Hull City v Leyton Orient


Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City


Leeds United v Birmingham City


Bury or Southend United v Bradford City or Brentford


Luton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers


Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons


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