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FA Cup draw LIVE: Arsenal host Liverpool as Man United and Premier League clubs learn third round opponents

Premier League leaders Arsenal will host Liverpool and Sunderland face rivals Newcastle in the FA Cup third round

Ben Fleming
Sunday 03 December 2023 14:35 GMT
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The FA Cup reaches the third round proper in January as clubs from the Premier League and Championship enter the competition.

And two enormous matches are guaranteed for viewers, with Arsenal hosting Liverpool the pick of the bunch. The Gunners finished runners-up to Man City in the Premier League last season, while the Reds are the only club to stop City winning the league in the past six years. Both are flying at the top of the table again this campaign.

Elsewhere, a huge north-east derby is in store as Sunderland host Newcastle United, while all-Premier League ties include Crystal Palace against Everton and Brentford vs Wolves.

See the full draw and all the live reaction in the blog and get the latest odds and tips for the trophy here.


Arsenal will host Liverpool in a blockbuster third-round FA Cup tie next month.

The Premier League giants are meeting for the first time in the competition since Arsenal won a fifth-round tie 2-1 in 2014. The Gunners have come out on top in their last three FA Cup clashes, with Liverpool’s last victory back in the final of 2001.

The other standout tie of the draw saw Championship side Sunderland paired with neighbours Newcastle, who will travel to the Stadium of Light over the weekend of January 6 and 7. It will be a first meeting between the North East giants since they were both in the Premier League in 2015/16, while they have not played each other in the FA Cup since 1956.

There were several other all Premier League ties, with Tottenham hosting Burnley, Everton travelling to Crystal Palace and Brentford facing Wolves.

Arsenal host Liverpool and Newcastle face FA Cup derby clash at Sunderland

The Premier League giants will meet at the Emirates Stadium while Sunderland host neighbours Newcastle.

Ben Fleming3 December 2023 14:35

FA Cup third-round draw

Chelsea v Preston North End

QPR v Bournemouth

Coventry City v Oxford United

Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Plymouth Argyle v Sutton United

Maidstone United v Stevenage/Port Vale

Newport County/Barnet v Eastleigh/Reading

Hull City v Birmingham

Ben Fleming3 December 2023 14:30

FA Cup third-round draw

Crystal Palace v Everton

Middlesbrough v Aston Villa

Nottingham Forest v Blackpool/Forest Green Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Manchester United

Manchester City v Huddersfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Cambridge United

Gillingham v Sheffield United

Swansea City v Morecambe

Ben Fleming3 December 2023 14:20

FA Cup third-round draw

West Bromwich Albion v Aldershot or Stockport County

Southampton v Alfreton Town or Walsall

AFC Wimbledon/Ramsgate v Ipswich Town

Peterborough United v Leeds United

Millwall v Leicester City

Watford v Chesterfield/Leyton Orient

Sunderland v Newcastle United

Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City

Ben Fleming3 December 2023 14:10

FA Cup third-round draw

Luton Town v Bolton Wanderers

Shrewsbury Town v Wrexham/Yeovil Town

Arsenal v Liverpool

Stoke City v Brighton and Hove Albion

Norwich City v Crewe/Bristol Rovers

West Ham v Bristol City

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley

Fulham v Rotherham United

Ben Fleming3 December 2023 14:00

FA Cup third-round draw

So that is all the big games looked at now. A reminder that the third round is scheduled for the weekend of Saturday, 6 January.

Let’s take a look at the full draw one more time then...

Ben Fleming3 December 2023 13:56

FA Cup third-round draw - notable fixtures

Sunderland vs Newcastle

And THE big one is without doubt Sunderland vs Newcastle which will see the two fierce north-east rivals lock horns for the first time since 2016. Since then Sunderland have been down to League One but are now on the up with Tony Mowbray in the Championship.

Eddie Howe’s Magpies are also a very different Newcastle proposition to that of 2016, with new ownership and a new-look team.

What a cracker that promises to be...

Ben Fleming3 December 2023 13:48

FA Cup third-round draw - notable fixtures

Arsenal vs Liverpool

The big two games to finish. First up is a Premier League top-of-the-table clash between Arsenal and Liverpool. These two last clashed in the FA Cup back in 2014 when Arsenal won 2-1 in the fifth round.

They also faced off in the 1971 and 2001 finals, with Arsenal winning the former and Liverpool the latter.

Ben Fleming3 December 2023 13:41

FA Cup third-round draw - notable fixtures

Maidstone United vs Stevenage or Port Vale

Newport County or Barnet vs Eastleigh or Reading

And a couple more to finish. It might not be the sexiest draw for non-league Maidstone United but a home game against League One’s Stevenage or Port Vale will have to do. Perhaps another chance for a shock win?

Eastleigh vs Reading has just got underway and the winner of that game will face the winner of Newport County vs Barnet which is heading for a replay.

Ben Fleming3 December 2023 13:34

FA Cup third-round draw - notable fixtures

Nottingham Forest vs Blackpool or Forest Green Rovers

Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United

Gillingham vs Sheffield United

Some more good chances for third and fourth-tier sides on offer here. Gillingham will face Sheffield United who have just been thrashed 5-0 by Burnley earlier this weekend.

Wigan will host Manchester United, while Forest Green Rovers of League Two could set up a visit to Forest should they get past League One Blackpool.

Ben Fleming3 December 2023 13:27

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