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MERSEYSIDE DERBY MAKES THE HEADLINE IN FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAWS

The much-anticipated draw for the FA Cup third round has been made and an additional Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton makes the headlines, in what will be the fifth meeting between these two rivals in the competition’s history.

Holders Manchester City face League Two side Port Vale at the Etihad Stadium, and speaking to the BBC after the draw, their manager joked that they may ‘have to park the bus a few times!’.

Eight of the ten London clubs have been drawn at home, with the pick of the matches seeing Arsenal take on Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa at the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea host Nottingham Forest, while Tottenham and West Ham are on the road.

Spurs face a reunion with former players Jonathan Woodgate and Robbie Keane when they face Middlesborough, while West Ham are away to Gillingham.

Here is the third round draw in full…

Leicester City        vs      Wigan Athletic

QPR vs  Swansea City

Fulham vs  Aston Villa

Chelsea vs  Nottingham Forest

Wolves  vs  Man Utd

Charlton Athletic  vs  West Brom

Rochdale/Boston Utd  vs  Newcastle Utd

Cardiff City vs Forest Green or Carlisle

Oxford Utd  vs  Exeter/Hartlepool

Sheffield Utd  vs  AFC Flyde

Southampton  vs  Huddersfield

Liverpool  vs Everton

Bristol City vs  Shrewsbury Town

Bournemouth vs  Luton Town

Brighton  vs  Sheffield Wednesday

Bristol Rovers/Plymouth vs Coventry/Ipswich

Eastleign/Crewe Alexandra  vs  Barnsley

Man City vs  Port Vale

Middlesbrough  vs Tottenham

Reading  vs  Blackpool

Watford  vs  Tranmere

Preston  vs  Norwich City

Millwall vs  Newport County

Crystal Palace vs Derby County

Rotherham  vs Hull City

Brentford  vs  Stoke City

Fleetwood Town  vs  Portsmouth

Arsenal  vs  Leeds Utd

Gillingham  vs  West Ham

Burton Albion vs Northampton

Burnley  vs  Peterborough

Birmingham City  vs Blackburn Rovers

The matches will be played across the weekend of Friday January 3 to Sunday January 5, 2020.​

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