FA Cup 3rd Round fixtures were drawn earlier this week and the prestigious championship will be up for grabs and promises another thrilling journey. Arsenal and Manchester United are the joint most winners of the competition with 12 titles each. The Red Devils won it last season while the Gunners won it in the previous two years. This season the qualifying phase of the tournament started on 5th August and now it is down to the last 64 teams.
The draw was made earlier this week and we have some intriguing match to witness come the new year weekend. The matches of the 3rd round will be starting on the weekend that commences from 6th January, 2017.
Friday, 6th January;
West Ham United v Manchester City
Saturday, 7th January;
Manchester United vs Reading
Hull City v Swansea City
Sunderland v Burnley
Queens Park Rangers v Blackburn Rovers
Millwall v Bournemouth
Brighton & Hove Albion v MK Dons/Charlton Athletic
Blackpool v Barnsley
Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest
Birmingham City v Newcastle United
Chelsea v Notts County/Peterborough United
Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday
West Brom Albion v Derby County
Everton v Leicester City
Wycombe Wanderers v Stourbridge/Northampton Town
Watford v Burton Albion
Preston North End v Arsenal
Cardiff City v Fulham
Stoke City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bristol City v Shrewsbury Town/Fleetwood Town
Huddersfield Town v Port Vale
Brentford v Halifax Town/Eastleigh
Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace
Norwich City v Southampton
Sutton United v AFC Wimbledon
Accrington Stanley v Luton Town
Rotherham United v Oxford United/Macclesfield Town
Barrow vs Rochdale
Ipswich Town vs Lincoln City
Sunday, 8th January;
Liverpool v Newport County/Plymouth Argyle
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Monday, 9th January;
Cambridge United v Leeds United
Big Boys Ties:
- Manchester City will be away at West Ham and given the form the Hammers are in, City will be delighted to get the draw.
- Arsenal will be away at Preston in a tricky fixture, the Gunners have been 12 times winners of the competition and may well have enough to see through the Championship side.
- The holders Manchester United will be hosting Reading and we can expect a routine victory for them as well.
- Liverpool will be at home against either Plymouth or Newport County, which seems to be a cakewalk for Jurgen Klopp’s men.