English FA Cup third round draw

Monday, December 3, 2007

The draw for the third round of the 2007-08 FA Cup was held on December 2 in England.

The third round is where teams from the Premier League and Football League Championship join the cup.

Aston Villa have been drawn at home to Manchester United. The two teams will meet for the second time in two years. In the 2006-07 encounter Aston Villa were defeated 2-1 at Old Trafford.

There are three other fixtures consisting entirely of Premiership sides: Tottenham Hotspur v Reading, Sunderland v Wigan Athletic and West Ham United v Manchester City.

FA Cup holders Chelsea have been drawn at home against Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

Conference South team Havant & Waterlooville make their first appearance in the third round after surprising League Two side Notts County in the second round. Havant & Waterlooville's potential opponents Horsham will also make their debut at this stage of the FA Cup if they win away to Swansea in their second round replay.

The third round will take place on January 5, 2008. 64 teams will take part in 32 matches, with replays if a match ends in a draw.

The Draw

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