FA Cup draw LIVE! Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Man United and more learn third-round fate

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FA Cup draw LIVE!

One of the most important dates in the English football calendar is upon us as the Premier League and Championship teams enter the fray for the FA Cup third-round draw. The world’s oldest cup competition has already seen plenty of that trusty magic this season, the 142nd edition, and now it’s time for 44 of the big boys to arrive.

Liverpool are the holders, having beaten Chelsea on penalties in the final last season, while both Arsenal - the most successful side in the competition’s history - and Tottenham will be looking for an easy start after being knocked out of the Carabao Cup in their opening games. Non-league Wrexham, in the third-round hat for the first time in eight seasons, will hope for a mouthwatering draw.

The draw is set to begin around 7pm GMT, with the games scheduled to take place across the weekend of January 7 and 8. Follow the FA Cup third round draw below with our dedicated live blog.

FA Cup third round draw details

  • When will the games be played?

  • Third round draw in full

Draw in full

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Preston North End vs Huddersfield Town

Middlesbrough vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Chesterfield vs West Bromwich Albion

Manchester City vs Chelsea

Charlton Athletic or Stockport County vs Walsall

Boreham Wood vs Accrington Stanley

Tottenham vs Portsmouth

Derby County vs Barnsley

Cardiff City vs Leeds United

Brentford vs West Ham

Bournemouth vs Burnley

Coventry City vs Wrexham

Norwich City vs Blackburn Rovers

Aston Villa vs Stevenage

Luton Town vs Wigan Athletic

Oxford United vs Arsenal

Fleetwood Town vs QPR

Liverpool vs Wolves

Grimsby Town vs Burton Albion

Blackpool vs Nottingham Forest

Dagenham and Redbridge or Gillingham vs Leicester City

Forest Green Rovers vs Birmingham City

Bristol City vs Swansea City

Hartlepool United vs Stoke City

Hull City vs Fulham

Crystal Palace vs Southampton

Millwall vs Sheffield United

Shrewsbury Town vs Sunderland

Sheffield Wednesday vs Newcastle United

Manchester United vs Everton

Reading vs Watford

Ipswich Town vs Rotherham

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Those are the standout picks. The full draw will follow.

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Manchester United vs Everton

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Liverpool vs Wolves

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Oxford vs Arsenal

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Brentford vs West Ham

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Tottenham vs Portsmouth

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Man City vs Chelsea

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Chesterfield vs West Brom

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Middlesbrough vs Brighton

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Preston vs Huddersfield

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Ok, now it’s really almost time.

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Time for some second-round highlights before the balls get dropped into that glass bowl.

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Liverpool legends John Aldridge and Mark Wright will be helping with tonight’s draw.

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It’s almost time for the 32 ties to be confirmed.

When the game will be played

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The FA Cup third round is traditionally the first weekend of the new year, and it’s no different this season despite the unique schedule around the World Cup.

Officially set for Saturday, January 7, and Sunday, January 8, there is usually a game on the Friday (January 6) too, and likely the Monday (January 9) also.

Prize money

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Those teams who win their respective third round tie will pocket £105,000.

Here’s how the prize funds square up from here onwards.

  • Third Round proper winners: £105,000

  • Fourth Round proper winners: £120,000

  • Fifth Round proper winners: £225,000

  • Quarter-final winners: £450,000

  • Semi-final winners: £1,000,000

  • Semi-final losers: £500,000

  • Final winners: £2,000,000

  • Final runners-up: £1,000,000

Nothing to be sniffed at for clubs like non-league Wrexham.

Anfield are our hosts

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Tonight’s draw takes place at Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC of course, who won the competition last season.Liverpool have a poor recent run in the competition, failing to get past the fourth round in five of the previous seven seasons.

In 2018-19 they fell at the first hurdle as Wolves won in the third round.

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Who are the favourites?

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Ahead of the draw, the bookies have already had their say on an eventual winner.

  • Man City 3/1

  • Liverpool 6/1

  • Chelsea 13/2

  • Tottenham 7/1

  • Arsenal 10/1

  • Man United 10/1

  • Newcastle 14/1

  • Everton 33/1

Tottenham ahead of Arsenal is an interesting one.

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Ball numbers

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1. AFC Bournemouth

2. Arsenal

3. Aston Villa

4. Birmingham City

5. Blackburn Rovers

6. Blackpool

7. Brentford

8. Brighton & Hove Albion

9. Bristol City

10. Burnley

11. Cardiff City

12. Chelsea

13. Coventry City

14. Crystal Palace

15. Everton

16. Fulham

17. Huddersfield Town

18. Hull City

19. Leeds United

20. Leicester City

21. Liverpool

22. Luton Town

23. Manchester City

24. Manchester United

25. Middlesbrough

26. Millwall

27. Newcastle United

28. Norwich City

29. Nottingham Forest

30. Preston North End

31. Queens Park Rangers

32. Reading

33. Rotherham United

34. Sheffield United

35. Southampton

36. Stoke City

37. Sunderland

38. Swansea City

39. Tottenham Hotspur

40. Watford

41. West Bromwich Albion

42. West Ham United

43. Wigan Athletic

44. Wolverhampton Wanderers

45. Grimsby Town

46. Wrexham

47. Accrington Stanley

48. Fleetwood Town

49. Ipswich Town

50. Barnsley

51. Forest Green Rovers

52. Portsmouth

53. Shrewsbury Town

54. Hartlepool United

55. Stevenage

56. Charlton Athletic or Stockport County

57. Boreham Wood

58. Dagenham & Redbridge or Gillingham

59. Oxford United

60. Sheffield Wednesday

61. Chesterfield

62. Burton Albion

63. Walsall

64. Derby County

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TV channel: The draw is being broadcast live and for free on BBC Two, with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Live stream: The draw can also be watched live online via the BBC Sport website or iPlayer.

It will also be streamed via the official FA Cup Facebook and Twitter accounts.


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Amid all of the World Cup action, we turn focus momentarily back to the domestic game for the FA Cup third round draw.

The Premier League and Championship teams enter the fray in traditionally one of the biggest day in the English football calendar.

The draw is set for around 7pm GMT. Stick with us.