FA Cup third round draw: Arsenal draw Tottenham Hotspur in north London derby
Rivals last met in the competition in April 2001
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Sunday 08 December 2013
Premier League leaders Arsenal were handed a home derby with Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup third round draw on Sunday. The north London neighbours, who have won the competition 18 times between them, last met in the Cup in 2001, when Arsène Wenger’s side prevailed 2-1 in an Old Trafford semi-final.
Manchester United were given a home tie at home to Swansea, while Chelsea must travel to in-form Derby County. Manchester City will also visit Championship opposition, Blackburn Rovers, and Liverpool will host either Oldham Athletic or Mansfield Town – both of whom they played in last season’s competition.
The holders Wigan Athletic, who overcame Manchester City in last season’s Wembley final, begin their defence of the trophy at home to MK Dons.
Of the non-league clubs still involved, Kidderminster were drawn against Peterborough, Grimsby face Huddersfield while Macclesfield entertain Sheffield Wednesday. Wrexham will go to Charlton if they overcome Oxford United in the second round.
Tamworth and Cambridge both exited the second-round stage at home on Sunday, Nigel Clough’s Sheffield United winning 2-0 at Cambridge, while Tamworth went down 2-1 at home to Bristol City.
FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW
Barnsley v Hartlepool/Coventry
Yeovil v Leyton Orient
Liverpool v Oldham/Mansfield
Nottm Forest v West Ham
Bristol City v Watford
Southend v Millwall
Middlesbrough v Hull
West Brom v Crystal Palace
Kidderminster v Peterborough
Doncaster v Stevenage
Stoke v Leicester
Southampton v Burnley
Newcastle v Cardiff
Rochdale v Leeds
Wigan v MK Dons.
Charlton v Wrexham/Oxford.
Man Utd v Swansea
Port Vale v Plymouth
Norwich v Fulham
Aston Villa v Sheff Utd.
Macclesfield v Sheff Wed.
Sunderland v Carlisle.
Bolton v Blackpool
Blackburn v Man City
Everton v QPR
Brighton v Reading
Arsenal v Tottenham
Birmingham v Bristol Rovers/Crawley
Grimsby v Huddersfield
Ipswich v Preston
Derby v Chelsea
Bournemouth v Fleetwood/Burton
Matches to be played over the weekend of January 4-5
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