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Sunday 02 December 2012

Tough FA Cup trips for Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal

Four all-Premier League ties feature in the FA Cup Third Round draw as Chelsea go to Southampton

  • Fernando Torres' Chelsea will hope to have found form by the time they face Southampton

  • West Ham's Winston Reid and Man United's Javier Hernandez will meet again

  • Arsenal have the chance to avenge Saturday's League defeat in the FA Cup third round

Chelsea will begin the defence of their FA Cup crown away at Southampton in one of four all-Premier League ties to emerge from the third round which was drawn on Sunday afternoon.

Rafa Benitez, who has overseen two draws and a defeat suring his fledgling tenure at the west London club, will hope to have a Barclays Premier League victory under his belt by the time his side go to St Mary’s Stadium in early January, as Chelsea set out to win the trophy they claimed at Wembley at the expense of Liverpool last May.

Manchester United, who were knocked out in the fourth round by Liverpool last season, also have a tricky trip to a West Ham United side they overcame 1-0 last week, while Arsenal, who will still be reeling from their home defeat by Swansea City on Saturday, have the chance to avenge that 2-0 reverse after being drawn to face Michael Laudrup’s side at the Liberty Stadium.

The other top-flight tie has pitted Queens Park Rangers, who are still in search of their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season, against West Bromwich Albion.

Elsewhere, Manchester City have been drawn at home against Championship side Watford, Tottenham will welcome Coventry City in a repeat of the 1987 Cup final which was won by the Sky Blues, and Newcastle United, Reading and Sunderland have testing journeys to Brighton & Hove Albion, Crawley Town and Bolton Wanderers respectively.

FA Cup third round draw

Crystal Palace v Stoke City
Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur v Coventry City
Wigan Athletic v AFC Bournemouth
Fulham v Blackpool
Aston Villa v Ipswich Town
Charlton Athletic v Huddersfield Town
Barrow/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 /Notts County
Middlesbrough v Harrogate Town/Hasting United
Accrington Stanley/Oxford United v Sheffield United
Southampton v Chelsea
Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion
Peterborough United v Norwich City
Lincoln City/Mansfield Town v Liverpool
Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland
Nottingham Forest v Oldham Athletic
West Ham United v Manchester United
Hull City v Alfreton Town/Leyton Orient
Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City
Leeds United v Birmingham City
Bury/Southend v Bradford City/Brentford
Luton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sheffield Wednesday v Milton Keynes Dons

Ties to be played over the weekend of 5/6 January

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Key Points

  • Holders Chelsea have been drawn to play Southampton in the FA Cup third round
  • Manchester United travel to West Ham United and Arsenal go to Swansea City in one of four all-Premier League ties
  • QPR welcome West Brom, while Coventry City go to Tottenham Hotspur