FA Cup third round draw: Arsenal vs Liverpool, Sunderland vs Newcastle

fa cup third round draw: arsenal vs liverpool, sunderland vs newcastle

The FA third round draw takes place today – Andrew Kearns/CameraSport via Getty Images

A first Tyne-Wear derby since 2016 and the first time Sunderland have been pulled out to play Newcastle in the FA Cup since beating them in a quarter-final in 1956 was the pick of the third-round draw for the 2023-24 tournament. Eddie Howe’s side, fifth in the Premier League, will travel to the Stadium of Light to take on their Championship neighbours over the weekend of Jan 5-8.

Arsenal, who have won the Cup a record 14 times, take on Liverpool at Emirates Stadium to bring back memories of the Double in 1971 and Michael Owen’s phenomenal late heist 30 years later.

Holders Manchester City face Huddersfield Town, a team they beat 10-1 back when both were second tier sides in 1987, while last season’s runners-up Manchester United take on 2013 winners Wigan Athletic from League One.

In the three other all-Premier League ties, Tottenham Hotspur will host Burnley, Crystal Palace are at home to Everton and Brentford face Wolverhampton Wanderers.

FA Cup third-round draw: as it happened

01:34 PM GMT

The 32 ties in full

AFC Wimbledon or Ramsgate v Ipswich Town

Arsenal v Liverpool

Blackburn Rovers v Cambridge United

Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Chelsea v Preston North End

Coventry City v Oxford United

Crystal Palace v Everton

Fulham v Rotherham United

Gillingham v Sheffield United

Hull City v Birmingham City

Luton Town v Bolton Wanderers

Maidstone United v Stevenage or Port Vale

Manchester City v Huddersfield Town

Middlesbrough v Aston Villa

Millwall v Leicester City

Newport County or Barnet v Eastleigh or Reading

Norwich City v Crewe or Bristol Rovers

Nottingham Forest v Blackpool or Forest Green Rovers

Peterborough United v Leeds United

Plymouth Argyle v Sutton United

QPR v Bournemouth

Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City

Shrewsbury Town v Wrexham or Yeovil Town

Southampton v Alfreton Town or Walsall

Stoke City v Brighton and Hove Albion

Sunderland v Newcastle United

Swansea City v Morecambe

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley

Watford v Chesterfield/Leyton Orient

West Bromwich Albion v Aldershot or Stockport County

West Ham v Bristol City

Wigan Athletic v Manchester United

Ties to be played over the weekend of Jan 5-8

01:26 PM GMT

Four all Premier League ties

Crystal Palace vs Everton

Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley

Arsenal vs Liverpool

Brentford vs Wolves

01:19 PM GMT

Which matches will be on TV?

BBC and ITV share coverage. ITV has first pick and fourth pick of matches in the second round, fourth round and the quarter-finals, as well as second and third picks for the first, third and fifth rounds and second pick of the semi-finals.

So the BBC has a choice between a Tyne-Wear derby or Arsenal vs Liverpool. Hopefully Alan Shearer will weigh in on that decision.

01:15 PM GMT

Sunderland’s reaction

01:12 PM GMT

The pick of the round

Is surely Sunderland vs Newcastle for their first meeting since 2016. Interestingly Sunderland have won 53 and lost 53 of their previous matches, drawing 49. They haven’t played each other in the Cup since 1956 when Sunderland won 2-0 in the quarter-final at St James’.

01:08 PM GMT

Tie 32

Hull City vs Birmingham

01:07 PM GMT

Tie 31

Newport or Barnet vs Eastleigh or Reading (who play today)

01:07 PM GMT

Tie 30

Maidstone United vs Stevenage

01:07 PM GMT

Tie 29

Plymouth Argyle vs Sutton United

01:06 PM GMT

Tie 28

Brentford vs Wolves

01:06 PM GMT

Tie 27

Coventry City vs Oxford Utd

01:06 PM GMT

Tie 26

QPR vs Bournemouth

01:05 PM GMT

Tie 25

Chelsea vs Preston

01:05 PM GMT

Tie 24

Swansea vs Morecambe

01:05 PM GMT

Tie 23

Gillingham vs Sheffield Utd

01:05 PM GMT

Tie 22

Blackburn Rovers vs Cambridge Utd

01:04 PM GMT

Tie 21

Man City vs Huddersfield

01:04 PM GMT

Tie 20

Wigan vs Manchester Utd

01:04 PM GMT

Tie 19

Nottm Forest vs Blackpool or Forest Green

01:03 PM GMT

Tie 18

Middlesbrough vs Aston villa

01:03 PM GMT

Tie 17

Crystal Palace vs Everton

01:03 PM GMT

Tie 16

Sheffield Wednesday vs Cardiff City

01:02 PM GMT

Tie 15

Sunderland vs Newcastle United


01:02 PM GMT

Tie 14

Watford vs Chesterfield vs Orient (who play today)

01:02 PM GMT

Tie 13

Millwall vs Leicester City

01:01 PM GMT

Tie 12

Peterborough United vs Leeds United

01:01 PM GMT

Tie 11

AFC Wimbledon or Ramsgate vs Ipswich Town

01:01 PM GMT

Tie 10

Southampton vs Alfreton or Walsall

01:00 PM GMT

Tie 9

West Brom vs Aldershot or Stockport (who play today)

01:00 PM GMT

Tie 8

Fulham vs Rotherham United

01:00 PM GMT

Tie 7

Tottenham vs Burnley

12:59 PM GMT

Tie 6

West Ham vs Bristol City

12:59 PM GMT

Tie 5

Norwich City vs Crew or Bristol Rovers

12:59 PM GMT

Tie 4

Stoke City vs Brighton

12:58 PM GMT

Tie 3

Arsenal vs Liverpool


12:58 PM GMT

Tie 2

Shrewsbury vs Wrexham or Yeovil (who play today)

12:58 PM GMT

Tie 1

Luton Town vs Bolton

12:57 PM GMT

The balls go into the bowl

And we await the first tie.

I will post them individually.

12:56 PM GMT

Here we go

Seem Jaswal presides over the draw with one half to be selected by Trevor Steven, the other by Jen Beattie.

12:47 PM GMT

ITV’s coverage has begun

They’re at Eastleigh vs Reading, where it’s taters – you can tell by Ian Wright’s voluminous but presumably superbly cosy coat:

fa cup third round draw: arsenal vs liverpool, sunderland vs newcastle

Ian Wright wraps up warm – ITV

The match kicks off at 1.30pm and the draw will precede it at some as yet unspecified time.

11:40 AM GMT

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11:39 AM GMT

Draw numbers

  1.  AFC Bournemouth 
  2. Arsenal 
  3. Aston Villa
  4. Birmingham City 
  5. Blackburn Rovers 
  6. Brentford 
  7. Brighton & Hove Albion 
  8. Bristol City 
  9. Burnley 
  10. Cardiff City 
  11. Chelsea 
  12. Coventry City 
  13. Crystal Palace 
  14. Everton 
  15. Fulham 
  16. Huddersfield Town 
  17. Hull City 
  18. Ipswich Town 
  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. Plymouth Argyle 
  31. Preston North End 
  32. Queens Park Rangers
  33. Rotherham United 
  34. Sheffield United 
  35. Sheffield Wednesday 
  36. Southampton 
  37. Stoke City 
  38. Sunderland 
  39. Swansea City 
  40. Tottenham Hotspur 
  41. Watford 
  42. West Bromwich Albion 
  43. West Ham United 
  44. Wolverhampton Wanderers 
  45. Maidstone United 
  46. Morecambe 
  47. Shrewsbury Town 
  48. Chesterfield or Leyton Orient 
  49. Aldershot Town or Stockport County 
  50. Alfreton Town or Walsall 
  51. Blackpool or Forest Green Rovers 
  52. Cambridge United 
  53. Bolton Wanderers 
  54. Wrexham or Yeovil Town 
  55. Crewe Alexandra or Bristol Rovers 
  56. Peterborough United 
  57. Eastleigh or Reading 
  58. Gillingham 
  59. Stevenage or Port Vale 
  60. Newport County or Barnet 
  61. Oxford United 
  62. Wigan Athletic 
  63. Sutton United 
  64. AFC Wimbledon or Ramsgate

11:31 AM GMT

Preview: Hope springs

Good afternoon. Hope springs eternal on the day of the FA Cup third round draw for supporters of the 44 Premier League and Championship clubs and the survivors from the preliminary and first two ‘proper’ rounds who have made it this far, even if some still have replays or postponed ties to get through. No matter, though, so long as your name is in the hat*, you can, as the late Terry Venables, a winner in 1967 on the field and 1991 on those old open Wembley red benches, sang, ripping off Elvis’s civil rights classic to turn it into something far more parochial, “dream”.

Well, when I say dream, I mean you can if you’re a fan of Manchester City, United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea who have won 25 of the last 28, and not even then if you, as a trophy snob, approach it as something like an inconvenience until the semi-finals. Too many middle-of-the-road Premier League and top Championship clubs have adopted a contemptuous and lily-livered approach to the competition and their managers bang on about the league being their bread and butter and being unable to afford the luxury of a Cup-run distraction. But surely a distraction is a good thing – the poor man’s version of sunning themselves in the Caribbean, away from the everyday struggle to survive? The Cup should matter to potential champions, also-rans and all those on skid row precisely because it does not matter and offers a rare chance to play without a millstone around their necks. Respect the Cup and people will respect you.

*There is no hat


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