Monday, December 3, 2007

FA Cup Third Round Draw

The third round draw for England's most prestigious cup competition was released yesterday, and Premiership teams now finally get in on the act. These matchups are scheduled for the 5th and 6th of January. If a game ends in a draw, a replay will occur to determine who moves on to the 4th Round. The home team for that game would the visiting team in this match.

Note: Premiership teams are in bold, and the home team is listed first.

Preston North End vs. Scunthorpe
Port Vale/Chasetown vs. Cardiff City
Colchester vs. Peterborough
Bolton vs. Sheffield United
Blackburn vs. Coventry City
Brighton vs. Mansfield
Northampton/Walsall vs. Millwall
Charlton Athletic vs. West Bromwich Albion
Watford vs. Crystal Palace
Luton Town/Nottingham Forest vs. Liverpool
Plymouth Argyle vs. Hull City
Aston Villa vs. Manchester United
Tranmere Rovers vs. Hereford
Tottenham vs. Reading
Burnley vs. Arsenal
Bristol City vs. Middlesbrough
Fulham vs. Bristol Rovers
Huddersfield vs. Birmingham City
Horsham/Swansea City vs. Havant & Waterlooville
Sunderland vs. Wigan Athletic
Oxford United/Southend United vs. Dagenham & Redbridge
Everton vs. Oldham Athletic
Derby County vs. Sheffield Wednesday
Southampton vs. Leicester City
West Ham vs. Manchester City
Ipswich vs. Portsmouth
Wolverhampton vs. Cambridge
Barnsley vs. Blackpool
Chelsea vs. QPR
Stoke City vs. Newcastle
Swindon Town vs. Burton Albion/Barnet
Norwich vs. Bury

Chelsea, the current holders of the FA Cup, should progress to the 4th Round without much trouble. The most interesting tie of this round, by far, is Aston Villa vs. Manchester United. Both teams are capable of winning this whole competition but obviously only one will progress to the next stage.

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