Ancelotti to study Hornets

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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is ready to do his homework on Watford after the holders were drawn against the Hornets in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Blues won the cup last season, under the guidance of interim coach Guus Hiddink, and his successor Ancelotti will begin his attempt to match that feat with a home clash against the Hornets.

"I do not know Watford very well at the moment but I will have the opportunity to learn about them," he said.

Ancelotti has said in the past that he is a big fan of English music, and he is hoping the match at Stamford Bridge early next year will allow him to meet former Watford chairman Sir Elton John.

He added: "The owner of Watford many years ago was Elton John. Elton John is my favourite singer. The match will be an opportunity to meet Elton John."

In another all-London tie, West Ham will face Arsenal in one of three all-Premier League fixtures.

Gianfranco Zola's side host the Gunners, who last lifted the trophy in 2005 and have not picked up any silverware since.

The other two top-flight affairs see Aston Villa host Blackburn and Hull travel to Wigan.

The 2008/09 runners-up Everton, meanwhile, welcome Coca-Cola League One side Carlisle to Goodison Park.

The Toffees' Merseyside rivals, seven-time winners Liverpool, were drawn against Championship strugglers Reading.

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