Emirates FA Cup Third Round: Preston land plum draw v Arsenal

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The draw has been made for the Third Round of this season’s Emirates FA Cup and as usual it’s thrown up plenty of exciting ties. 

Former winners Steven Gerrard and Ian Wright were on hand at Wembley to release the balls and decide the fate of the 64 remaining teams.

With Premier League and Championship sides entering the competition at this stage there was plenty of interest in who the nation’s big hitters would face and we weren’t left disappointed.

One of League Two pair Newport County or Plymouth Argyle will face a tantalising trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool while Notts County or Peterborough will look forward to an away tie at Chelsea.

Elsewhere, Preston will host 12-time winners Arsenal and former Manchester United star Jaap Stam will take his Reading side to Old Trafford.

Second Round heroes Sutton United face a home tie against League One AFC Wimbledon and fellow National League side Barrow will entertain Rochdale.

Here’s the Emirates FA Cup Third Round draw in full:

Barrow v Rochdale

Manchester United v Reading

Hull City v Swansea

Sunderland v Burnley

QPR v Blackburn

Millwall v Bournemouth

West Ham v Manchester City

Brighton v MK Dons/Charlton

Blackpool v Barnsley

Birmingham v Newcastle

Chelsea v Notts County/Peterborough

Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday

West Brom v Derby County

Everton v Leicester City

Liverpool v Newport County/ Plymouth Argyle

Wycombe Wanderers v Northampton Town/ Stourbridge

Watford v Burton Albion

Preston North End v Arsenal

Cardiff City v Fulham

Stoke City v Wolves

Cambridge United v Leeds United

Bristol City v Fleetwood or Shrewsbury

Huddersfield Town v Port Vale

Tottenham v Aston Villa

Brentford v Halifax Town/ Eastleigh

Bolton v Crystal Palace

Norwich City v Southampton

Sutton United v AFC Wimbledon

Accrington Stanley v Luton Town

Ties will be played the weekend of Friday January 6 – Monday January 9.

Keep your eyes peeled to Ladbrokes News and @Ladbrokes for plenty more Emirates FA Cup build-up and exclusive content.

As the official bookmaker of the FA, we’ve already been on the hunt for Non-League’s next hotshot striker. Check out our #VardyVerdict series here.

Best of luck to all of those involved!

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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