Tough draw for EPL big guns
London - Manchester United, Arsenal and
holders Chelsea were all handed ties with fellow English Premier League sides in
the draw for the FA Cup third round on Sunday.
of four of the last six tournaments, will travel to Southampton, while
current league leaders United face an away game at West Ham United, who
eliminated Alex Ferguson's side in the fourth round in 2001.
meanwhile, face a swift reunion with Swansea City, whose 2-0 success at
the Emirates Stadium on Saturday bumped Arsene Wenger's men down to
10th place in the English top flight.
In the only other
all-Premier League tie, Queens Park Rangers were drawn at home to West
Bromwich Albion, with English champions Manchester City due to face
Liverpool, runners-up to Chelsea last
season, face an away game at either Lincoln City or Mansfield Town, two
former league clubs who now play in the fifth-tier Conference National.
Hotspur will play League One (third division) side Coventry City in a
repeat of the 1987 final, which saw Coventry prevail through an
extra-time own goal by Spurs defender Gary Mabbutt.
The ties are scheduled to be played on the weekend of January 7-8, 2013.
The draw for the third round of English football's FA
Cup (home teams listed first):
Crystal Palace vs. Stoke
Brighton vs. Newcastle
Tottenham vs. Coventry
Wigan vs. Bournemouth
Fulham vs. Blackpool
Aston Villa vs. Ipswich
Charlton vs. Huddersfield
Barrow or Macclesfield vs. Cardiff
Barnsley vs. Burnley
Manchester City vs. Watford
Swansea vs. Arsenal
Leicester vs. Burton
Millwall vs. Preston
Cheltenham or Hereford vs. Everton
Derby vs. Tranmere
Crawley vs. Reading
Aldershot vs. Rotherham or Notts County
Middlesbrough vs. Harrogate or Hastings
Accrington Stanley or Oxford vs. Sheffield United
Southampton vs. Chelsea
Queens Park Rangers vs. West Bromwich Albion
Peterborough vs. Norwich
Lincoln or Mansfield vs. Liverpool
Bolton vs. Sunderland
Nottingham Forest vs. Oldham
West Ham vs. Manchester United
Hull vs. Alfreton or Leyton Orient
Blackburn vs. Bristol City
Leeds vs. Birmingham
Bury or Southend vs. Bradford or Brentford
Luton vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sheffield Wednesday vs. MK Dons
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