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FA Cup Third Round: Holders Chelsea drawn against Southampton

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Chelsea's defence begins against Saints. (©GettyImages)
Chelsea's defence begins against Saints. (©GettyImages).

FA Cup holders Chelsea have been drawn against fellow Premier League outfit Southampton in the third round of this season's competition, while Manchester United have been handed a tricky trip to West Ham.

Last season's finalists Liverpool, who lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Wembley, have a far more straightforward proposition than many of their rivals with an outing against either Lincoln City or Mansfield Town.

Defeated semi-finalists from last term Tottenham face Coventry at White Hart Lane, while north London rivals Arsenal have been drawn away at Swansea, just one day after losing to the Swans at the Emirates Stadium.

It will be an extremely tough encounter for the Gunners, who will have identified the FA Cup as a competition they are capable of winning in the quest to end seven years without a trophy.

Premier League champions Manchester City - FA Cup winners in 2011 - face Watford, while there is also an all top-flight clash between Queens Park Rangers and West Brom.

Elsewhere, MK Dons are handed a tie with Sheffield Wednesday having overcome AFC Wimbledon in an historic meeting on Sunday afternoon, while Alfreton Town will play Hull City if they can get the better of Leyton Orient.

This season's FA Cup third round is scheduled to take place over the weekend of January 5 and 6 2013.

FA Cup third round draw in full:

Crystal Palace v Stoke

Brighton v Newcastle

Tottenham v Coventry City

Wigan v Bournemouth

Fulham v Blackpool

Aston Villa v Ipswich

Charlton v Huddersfield

Barrow or Macclesfield v Cardiff

Barnsley v Burnley

Manchester City v Watford

Swansea v Arsenal

Leicester v Burton

Millwall v Preston

Cheltenham or Hereford v Everton

Derby v Tranmere

Crawley v Reading

Aldershot v Rotherham or Notts County

Middlesbrough v Harrogate or Hastings

Accrington Stanley or Oxford v Sheffield United

Southampton v Chelsea

QPR v West Brom

Peterborough v Norwich

Lincoln or Mansfield v Liverpool

Bolton v Sunderland

Nottingham Forest v Oldham

West Ham v Manchester United

Hull v Alfreton or Leyton Orient

Blackburn v Bristol City

Leeds v Birmingham

Bury or Southend v Bradford or Brentford

Luton v Wolves

Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons

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