FA Cup Third Round Draw: Who's Playing Whom?
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The draw for the third round of the FA Cup is one of the highlights of my footballing season. If you're a Premier League club, you want a lower league side—and vice versa if you're a lower league or one of the few non league sides.
The FA Cup offers something no other competition can: upsets, the chance for semi professional's to line up at Anfield or Old Trafford for the day.
This year's draw was produced some cracking ties with two big guns going head to head - Manchester United v Liverpool in the highlight of the draw.
My side Newcastle United were also given an interesting tie, Stevenage away. Not the most attractive tie for Chris Hughton but it is a repeat of the 1998-99 match. United held to a 2-2 draw before winning comfortably at St James.
The draw also produced a one in a million moment when Oasis' Noel Gallagher and Kasiabian's Serge Pizzorno, who made the draw, pulled out each others team's to face each other, Leicester city vs. Manchester City.
Holders Chelsea were given a home draw against Roy Keane's Ipswich Town, whilst Arsenal were drawn at home to Leeds United.
The beauty of the cup is the big boys face the minnows and York City's reward for beating Darlington is an away trip to Bolton Wanderers.
Whilst Dover will face League One high flyer's Huddersfield and the lowest team in the competition FC Manchester will face last year's runner up's Portsmouth—if they can beat League One Brighton in a replay.
Who will win the Fa Cup?
Spurs face either Charlton or non league side Luton Town whilst Mark Hughes Fulham face a tricky test against League One Peterborough.
The Draw in full:
Torquay v Carlisle
Norwich City v Droylesden/Leyton Orient
Preston v Nottingham Forest
Tottenham v Charlton/Luton
Stoke v Cardiff
Hull v Wigan
Manchester United v Liverpool
Scunthorpe v Everton
Sunderland v Notts County/Bournemouth
Chelsea v Ipswich
Watford v Hartlepool/Yeovil
Southampton v Blackpool
Millwall v Birmingham City
Burton Albion v Middlesbrough
Stevenage v Newcastle
Wycombe v Hereford/Lincoln
Swansea v Colchester United
Blackburn v QPR
Bolton v York
Leicester City v Manchester City
Sheffield United v Aston Villa
Arsenal v Leeds
Reading v West Brom
West Ham v Barnsley
Crawley/Swindon v Derby County
Huddersfield Town v Dover Athletic
Brighton/FC United v Portsmouth
Doncaster Rovers v Wolves
Fulham v Peterborough
Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday
Coventry v Crystal Palace
Burnley v Port Vale
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