Man City v Chelsea one of FIVE all-Premier League clashes in FA Cup third round draw

FA Cup final
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A heavyweight clash emerged from the FA Cup third round draw on Monday night when Manchester City were pitted against Chelsea.

The two Premier League big hitters will face off at the Etihad Stadium early next year, with the ties set to be played between 6-9 January.

Chelsea have reached the last three FA Cup finals in a row but lost all of them, most recently on penalties to Liverpool last season.

The Blues’ most recent victory, and their eighth overall, came in 2017/18, a year before City’s most recent triumph.

Holders Liverpool will take on Wolves at Anfield, while there were a further three all-Premier League clashes to come from the draw.

Manchester United were pitted against Everton at Old Trafford, while Crystal Palace will host Southampton and West Ham travel to Brentford.

Tottenham and Arsenal both face League One opposition, with Spurs hosting Portsmouth and the Gunners facing a short trip north to Oxford United.

Among the other intriguing clashes are Championship leaders Burnley travelling to Bournemouth and third-tier Sheffield Wednesday playing host to in-form Newcastle United.

The three non-League clubs left in the draw, Wrexham, Boreham Wood and Dagenham & Redbridge, were drawn against Coventry City, Accrington Stanley and Leicester City respectively - although Dag & Red still have a second-round replay against GIllingham to come. 

FA Cup third round draw

  • 1 Preston North End v Huddersfield Town
  • 2 Middlesbrough v Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 3 Chesterfield v West Bromwich Albion
  • 4 Manchester City v Chelsea
  • 5 Charlton Athletic or Stockport County v Walsall
  • 6 Boreham Wood v Accrington Stanley
  • 7 Tottenham Hotspur v Portsmouth
  • 8 Derby County v Barnsley
  • 9 Cardiff City v Leeds United
  • 10 Brentford v West Ham United
  • 11 AFC Bournemouth v Burnley
  • 12 Coventry City v Wrexham
  • 13 Norwich City v Blackburn Rovers
  • 14 Aston Villa v Stevenage
  • 15 Luton Town v Wigan Athletic
  • 16 Oxford United v Arsenal
  • 17 Fleetwood Town v Queens Park Rangers
  • 18 Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 19 Grimsby Town v Burton Albion
  • 20 Blackpool v Nottingham Forest
  • 21 Dagenham & Redbridge or Gillingham v Leicester City
  • 22 Forest Green Rovers v Birmingham City
  • 23 Bristol City v Swansea City
  • 24 Hartlepool United v Stoke City
  • 25 Hull City v Fulham
  • 26 Crystal Palace v Southampton
  • 27 Millwall v Sheffield United
  • 28 Shrewsbury Town v Sunderland
  • 29 Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle United
  • 30 Manchester United v Everton
  • 31 Reading v Watford
  • 32 Ipswich Town v Rotherham United

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.