Manchester City learn FA Cup opponents

FA Cup third round draw - News

That's right, it's the draw for the third round of the FA Cup, live from Stamford Bridge, home of the current holders.

Gunners boss Emery is, however, likely to field a rotated side against Solihull or Blackpool, with the opportunity to hand some of the club's fringe players chances now presenting itself.

Premier League leaders Manchester City, who were knocked out by Wigan Athletic in the fifth round last season, entertain Rotherham United.

However, there are home ties for Manchester United against Reading, Manchester City against Rotherham, Chelsea against Nottingham Forest and Newcastle against Blackburn.

So all the Premier League big guns have been kept apart and they'll be confident of progressing to the next phase of the competition.

Conference North side Woking after they stunned Swindon in the previous round, and Conference outfit Barnet, with each side assured of a third round match, while the likes of Southport, Wrexham, Solihull Moors, and Guiseley face second round replays.

Swansea City have a tricky task with a trip to fellow Championship club Aston Villa.

The ties are due to be played on the weekend of January 4-6, with the winners claiming £135,500 after prize money was doubled for this season.

Meanwhile, Sunderland or Walsall will face Bolton Wanderers in the third round of the FA Cup.



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