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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 14:03 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.

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And elsewhere, there were wins for Bolton, Cambridge, Oxford and Peterborough, with Stevenage and Port Vale’s tie heading for a replay.

Earlier on Friday, Shrewsbury beat Notts County 3-2, while Wigan saw off non-league York 1-0 away from home.

Ben Fleming3 December 2023 12:10
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Barnet where the other non-league side in action on Saturday, and they’ll have another chance to book their ticket in the third round after holding League Two’s Newport County to a 1-1 draw away from home.

Other impressive results saw two League Two sides upset League One opposition as Morecambe beat Wycombe 2-0 away from home, while Gillingham knocked out local rivals Charlton 2-0 at home.

Ben Fleming3 December 2023 12:00
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As we build up to the draw at 1pm, let’s take more of a look through yesterday’s results. The story f the day was undoubtedly sixth-tier Maidstone who beat League Two’s Barrow 2-1 at home to secure their place in the third round, becoming this year’s first non-league side to do so.

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Ben Fleming3 December 2023 11:50
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Alfreton v Walsall in FA Cup postponed minutes before kick-off

Alfreton Town’s historic second-round FA Cup tie against Walsall has been postponed due to the weather, under 10 minutes before the game was due to kick off.

The fans were all gathered in the stadium, and the match was due to kick off at 12.30pm GMT, when the decision was made to postpone the match. It means both teams will be in Sunday’s third-round FA Cup draw.

Matt Sadler, Walsall manager, told the BBC: “As soon as I got here I thought ‘this game is going to be off’ I don’t know what anyone else thought.

Blackpool’s game with Forest Green Rovers and Crewe’s clash with Bristol Rovers were also postponed on a chilly Saturday.

Alfreton v Walsall in FA Cup postponed minutes before kick-off as cold snap bites

The Scottish lower leagues, National League and horse racing were also affected

Ben Fleming3 December 2023 11:40
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Horsham were re-instated after Barnsley’s expulsion and played their second-round match on Saturday. It wasn’t to be for the seventh-tier side, however, who lost convincingly, 3-0 against League Two’s Sutton.

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Ben Fleming3 December 2023 11:30
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Here is an interesting story from one of the earlier rounds in the competition:

Barnsley have been kicked out of the 2023/24 FA Cup after fielding an ineligible player in their first-round tie against Horsham.

The League One side overcame Horsham after a replay on 14 November, winning 3-0 after a brace from John McAtee and a Nicky Cadden strike.

But the FA said in a statement that the Professional Game Board Sub-Committee decided to remove Barnsley from the competition after a breach of FA Cup Rule 103 during the replay.

Barnsley kicked out of FA Cup over rule violation

The Tykes beat Horsham after a replay in the First Round Proper, but after fielding an ineligible player, the non league side now advances to play Sutton United in the second round

Karl Matchett3 December 2023 11:20
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Here are some numbers to look out for:

Number 2: Arsenal

Number 11: Chelsea

Number 21: Liverpool

Number 23: Manchester City

Number 24: Manchester United

Number 49: Aldershot Town or Stockport County

Number 50: Alfreton Town or Walsall

Karl Matchett3 December 2023 11:10
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Here is some more information about the draw and how to watch it:

The draw for the third round proper of the 2023/24 FA Cup will be held at about 1pm GMT on Sunday 3 December. The proceedings will be conducted in advance of the second round tie between Eastleigh and Reading, which kicks off at 1.30pm.

When is the FA Cup third round draw?

64 teams will find out their third round fate

Karl Matchett3 December 2023 11:02
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When is the FA Cup third round draw and how to watch

The FA Cup reaches the third round proper as clubs from the Premier League and Championship enter the competition.

64 balls will be in the hat as English football’s most prestigious cup competition intensifies.

Manchester City are the defending champions after beating cross-town rivals Manchester United in an historic derby final at Wembley in June.

The club’s seventh FA Cup triumph was followed a week later by Champions League success as Pep Guardiola’s side secured a treble.

When is the FA Cup third round draw?

64 teams will find out their third round fate

Jack Rathborn2 December 2023 20:45
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How the magic of the FA Cup third round draw changed Marine AFC forever

Marine’s 2021 FA Cup run was so far detached from reality that their manager, Neil Young, remembers every kick like a vivid dream. He can still see the last penalty of the shootout which shocked League Two Colchester United on their own patch in the first round, “one of my greatest memories in football”. He can still picture Niall Cummins’ dramatic 120th-minute winner against Havant & Waterlooville in the second round which sparked “bedlam,” even in an empty stadium in lockdown.

That result was their ninth knockout win of the competition and it put Marine AFC, a volunteer-led club playing in the Northern Premier League Division One North West, into the hat for the third round with some of the biggest teams in the world. It was only the second time an eighth-tier side had ever reached that stage of the FA Cup.

On the face of it, the third-round draw is a ludicrous enterprise. Here was a team made up of plumbers, teachers, factory workers and a car salesman, paid a total weekly wage of £750, with the possibility of being competitively matched against some of the best footballers on the planet.

How the magical FA Cup third round draw and Mourinho’s Spurs changed Marine forever

Marine manager Neil Young remembers every kick of their 2021 FA Cup run, which saw Jose Mourinho, Gareth Bale and Tottenham visit Rossett Park in an unforgettable third round tie

Jack Rathborn2 December 2023 20:45

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