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Saturday 05 January 2013

Southampton to test Chelsea's FA Cup defence

Four all-Premier League matches among the FA Cup Third Round tie taking place over the weekend

  • Arsenal have the chance to avenge last month's League defeat by Swansea

  • QPR and West Brom recently met in the league at Loftus Road, with the visitors winning

  • Manchester United and West Ham meet again, but this time at Upton Park

Clubs from the Barclays Premier League begin their FA Cup campaigns at the weekend with holders Chelsea's trip to Southampton one of four all-Premier League ties.

Manager Rafael Benitez, who won the trophy with Liverpool in 2006, takes his side to St Mary's Stadium as Chelsea set out to win the trophy they claimed at Wembley at the expense of the Spaniard's former team 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 who will be boosted by the return of Joe Cole, while Arsenal travel to Swansea City, to whom they lost at home last month.

The other top-flight tie has pitted Queens Park Rangers, who will be lifted after their shock victory over Chelsea on Wednesday, against West Bromwich Albion.

Elsewhere, Manchester City have been drawn at home against npower Championship side Watford, Tottenham Hotspur will stage a repeat of the 1987 Cup final when they host Coventry City and Newcastle United, Reading and Sunderland have testing journeys to Brighton & Hove Albion, Crawley Town and Bolton Wanderers respectively.

FA Cup third round draw

Saturday 5 January

3pm kick-off unless stated

12.30pm Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United
Aldershot Town v Rotherham United
Aston Villa v Ipswich Town
Barnsley v Burnley
Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City
Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland
Charlton Athletic v Huddersfield Town
Crawley Town v Reading
Crystal Palace v Stoke City
Derby County v Tranmere Rovers
Fulham v Blackpool
Hull City v Leyton Orient
Leeds United v Birmingham City
Leicester City v Burton Albion
Luton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Macclesfield Town v Cardiff City
Manchester City v Watford
Middlesbrough v Hasting United
Millwall v Preston North End
Nottingham Forest v Oldham Athletic
Oxford United v Sheffield United
Peterborough United v Norwich City
Queens Park Rangers
v West Bromwich Albion
v Chelsea
Southend v Brentford
Sheffield Wednesday v Milton Keynes Dons
Tottenham Hotspur v Coventry City
Wigan Athletic v AFC Bournemouth
5.15pm West Ham United v Manchester United

Sunday 6 January
1.30pm Swansea City v Arsenal
4pm Mansfield Town v Liverpool

Monday 7 January
7.45pm Cheltenham Town v Everton

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Key Points

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