Tough draw for EPL big guns

2012-12-02 17:25

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.

Chelsea, winners 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.

Arsenal, 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 second-division Watford.

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.

Tottenham 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