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FA Cup third round draw and fixtures – Holders Arsenal battle Black Cats

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30:  Arsenal players celebrate with the trophy after the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England. Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-0.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Bookies.com bring you the full FA Cup third round draw and fixtures, as Gunners prepare for tilt a third successful campaign in knockout competition.

The third round draw for the FA Cup has taken place and it has thrown together some tasty match-ups, as the Premier League’s big boys enter the fray at this stage.

Defending champions Arsenal have won the competition two years running and will be gunning for a third successive triumph. They begin that quest at home against top-flight strugglers Sunderland, and Arsene Wenger’s men are now a best-priced 7/1 with BetVictor to go all the way once again.

Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce’s Black Cats are 13/2 with William Hill to cause an upset on their visit to the Emirates by knocking out the holders.

The draw also saw another four all-Premier League tussles made; with Tottenham coming up against Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion facing Newcastle United, Southampton hosting Crystal Palace and Norwich City having a daunting fixture with Manchester City.

Manuel Pellegrini’s Citizens are hailed as the 13/2 favourites this season with bet365, after an encouraging draw, but the Canaries are 7/2 with William Hill to stun City on home soil.

Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United will welcome Sheffield United to Old Trafford for their third round clash, and are 7/1 with bet365 to lift the FA Cup for the first time in over a decade this campaign.

With Leeds United still in the competition, fans may have been wishing for another cup meeting with the Red Devils, but instead they host Rotherham United. Respective coaches Steve Evans and Neil Redfearn will come up against their former employers once again, after the latter got one over the Whites 1-0 also at Elland Road in the Championship recently.

Elsewhere, recently-appointed Brentford boss Dean Smith could also face familiar faces in former long-standing club Walsall, if his current side can overcome Chesterfield in their second round replay.

Stuttering Premier League champions Chelsea may see the FA Cup as a way of venting domestic frustration on lesser foes, and they will contest either Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe United at Stamford Bridge in their third round encounter.

Emirates FA Cup third round draw in full
Northampton Town v MK Dons
Arsenal v Sunderland
Newport County v Blackburn Rovers
Ipswich Town v Portsmouth
Birmingham City v Bournemouth
Wycombe Wanderers v Aston Villa
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Oxford United v Swansea City
Brentford v Chesterfield or Walsall
Bury v Bradford City
Manchester United v Sheffield United
Everton v Dagenham and Redbridge or Whitehawk
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Eastleigh v Bolton Wanderers
Nottingham Forest v QPR
Carlisle United v Yeovil Town
Chelsea v Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe United
Doncaster Rovers v Stoke City
Leeds United v Rotherham United
Cardiff City v Grimsby Town or Shrewsbury Town
Huddersfield Town v Reading
Middlesbrough v Burnley
Norwich City v Manchester City
Hull City v Brighton and Hove Albion
Watford v Newcastle United
West Bromwich Albion v Bristol City
West Ham United v Wolves
Salford City or Hartlepool United v Derby County
Exeter City v Liverpool
Tottenham v Leicester City
Colchester United v Charlton Athletic
Peterborough United v Preston North End​

All ties to be played on or around the weekend of January 9th and 10th 2016.

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