FA Cup third round draw: Liverpool to play Everton in Merseyside derby clash

Brighton will host Crystal Palace while Middlesbrough face Sunderland

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren battles with Everton midfielder Ross Barkley 
(Image credit: 2017 Getty Images)

Liverpool will play Everton in the FA Cup next month in the pick of the third round ties.

Holders Arsenal, bidding for a fourth title in five years, face an awkward trip to Championship side Nottingham Forest. Premier League leaders Manchester City will host Burnley at the Etihad Stadium.

But it’s the Merseyside derby that will be the highlight of next month’s fixtures, a continuation of an FA Cup rivalry that has seen the pair clash 23 times in the past.

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Liverpool have won ten of those matches, including the two finals in 1986 and 1989, and were victorious last time they met in the 2012 semi-final. The clubs will tangle at Anfield this Sunday in the Premier League with Everton. Under new manager Sam Allardyce, Everton will be looking to put their dreadful start to the season behind them.

In other intriguing ties, Brighton will host Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium, Middlesbrough and Sunderland will face off at the Riverside Stadium, while Wimbledon have been handed a day out at Wembley against Tottenham.

Punters looking for possible giant-killings will keep an eye on how West Ham deal with a trip to League One side Shrewsbury Town, while Leicester will face an away day at non-league Hereford or Fleetwood Town of League One, depending who wins the second round replay.

“Former Premier League champions coming to Edgar Street – we’ve got 90 minutes to get through but if we do, there’s the incentive,” said Hereford manager Peter Beadle.

FA Cup third round draw in full

Matches will be played from 5-8 January.

  • Ipswich Town vs. Sheffield United
  • Watford vs. Bristol City
  • Birmingham City vs. Burton Albion
  • Liverpool vs. Everton
  • Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Crystal Palace
  • Aston Villa vs. Woking or Peterborough United
  • Bournemouth vs. AFC Fylde or Wigan
  • Coventry City vs. Stoke City
  • Newport County vs. Leeds United
  • Bolton Wanderers vs. Huddersfield Town
  • Port Vale vs. Bradford City
  • Nottingham Forest vs. Arsenal
  • Brentford vs. Notts County
  • Queens Park Rangers vs. MK Dons
  • Manchester United vs. Derby County
  • Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs. West Bromwich Albion
  • Doncaster Rovers vs. Rochdale
  • Tottenham Hotspur vs. AFC Wimbledon
  • Middlesbrough vs. Sunderland
  • Fleetwood or Hereford vs. Leicester City
  • Blackburn Rovers or Crewe Alexandra vs. Hull City
  • Cardiff City vs. Mansfield Town
  • Manchester City vs. Burnley
  • Shrewsbury Town vs. West Ham United
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Swansea City
  • Stevenage vs. Reading
  • Newcastle United vs. Luton Town
  • Millwall vs. Barnsley
  • Fulham vs. Southampton
  • Wycombe Wanderers vs. Preston North End
  • Norwich City vs. Chelsea
  • Gillingham or Carlisle United vs. Sheffield Wednesday

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