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FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW Arsenal welcome Leeds, Liverpool host Everton as Wolves welcome Man United

It is a nightmare draw for under-pressure Everton boss Marco Silva — if he is still in charge when the tie takes place at the beginning of January. Everton have not beaten Liverpool at Anfield in any competition since 1999.

Virgil van Dijk made his debut for Liverpool in the third round against Everton in 2018. A header from the £75million defender helped Jurgen Klopp’s side win that game 2-1.

Former Liverpool defender and Sky pundit Jamie Carragher was quick to react to the draw, joking: ‘Should Jurgen (Klopp) go with his first-choice XI or the team that’s played in the Carabao Cup?’

Michael Owen added: ‘No question what the tie of the round is.’

Manchester City were handed a favourable home tie against League Two side Port Vale, while Manchester United face a tricky trip to Wolves — who knocked them out of this competition last season in the quarter-finals.

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham head to Middlesbrough, whose manager Jonathan Woodgate is fighting for his job with the club hovering above the Championship relegation zone in 20th place.

Championship high-flyers Leeds travel to Arsenal. The three most recent meetings between the sides have all come in the third round of the FA Cup.

AFC Fylde — the lowest-ranked side through to the third round — have been rewarded with a trip to Premier League Sheffield United. Arsenal legend Tony Adams was in good form making the draw live on the BBC alongside former Manchester City man Micah Richards on Monday night.

FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW

Leicester City v Wigan Athletic

QPR v Swansea City

Fulham v Aston Villa

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest

Wolves v Manchester United

Charlton Athletic v West Brom

Rochdale or Boston United v Newcastle United

Cardiff City v Forest Green Rovers or Carlisle United

Oxford United v Exeter City or Hartlepool United

Sheffield United v AFC Fylde

Southampton v Huddersfield Town

Liverpool v Everton

Bristol City v Shrewsbury Town

Bournemouth v Luton Town

Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday 

Bristol Rovers or Plymouth Argyle v Coventry City or Ipswich Town 

Eastleigh or Crewe Alexandra v Barnsley

Manchester City v Port Vale

Middlesbrough v Tottenham

Reading v Blackpool

Watford v Tranmere Rovers

Preston v Norwich City

Millwall v Newport County

Crystal Palace v Derby County

Solihull Moors or Rotherham United v Hull City

Brentford v Stoke City

Fleetwood Town v Portsmouth

Arsenal v Leeds United

Gillingham v West Ham United

Burton Albion v Northampton Town

Burnley v Peterborough United

Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers

Eastleigh face Barnsley if they can get past Crewe, while Rotherham’s reward for last night’s epic comeback over Solihull Moors is to host Hull. All the third-round ties will be played between Friday, January 3 and Monday, January 6. Televised games will be announced in the coming days.

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