Sports FA Cup Fixtures: Arsenal To Play Sunderland As Liverpool, Chelsea Get Easy Draw


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Arsenal Football club will kick off their 2015/16 FA Cup title defence at home against Sunderland in the third round.

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Arsene Wenger's men have won the last two editions of the cup, have a total of eleven FA Cups in their trophy room as they hope some of their injured players will return before the game in January 2016.

Another Premier League, Liverpool, will face League Two Exeter, while the top flight's bottom club Aston Villa also go to a League Two side in Wycombe.

There are five all-Premier League ties, with Spurs hosting leaders Leicester.

Non-league Eastleigh are at home to Bolton, while fellow part-timers Whitehawk will go to Everton if they can overcome Dagenham & Redbridge.

Eastleigh are currently eighth in the National League and face a Bolton side struggling at the foot of the Championship.

"We will be looking forward to that tie," said Eastleigh boss Chris Todd.

National League South side Whitehawk play in the sixth tier of English football and their manager Steve King, whose side will play League Two Dagenham & Redbridge in a second-round replay, had wanted a tie against Liverpool.

"It's a tough game to get through against Dagenham & Redbridge first because both teams will want to play that massive tie," he said.

"It's 50-50 - the best team on the day goes through."

Seventh-tier Salford are the lowest team left in the competition and need to beat Hartlepool if they are to progress to a third-round tie against Championship promotion-chasers Derby.

National League Grimsby play League One Shrewsbury on Monday and the winner faces a trip to Championship side Cardiff City.

Cardiff City boss Russell Slade said: "The cup ignores the level. It would be good to get my former team Grimsby."

FA Cup third-round draw:
Arsenal v Sunderland
Birmingham v Bournemouth
Brentford v Chesterfield/Walsall
Bury v Bradford City
Cardiff City v Grimsby/Shrewsbury
Carlisle v Yeovil
Chelsea v Leyton Orient/Scunthorpe
Colchester v Charlton
Doncaster v Stoke City
Eastleigh v Bolton
Everton v Dagenham & Redbridge/Whitehawk
Exeter City v Liverpool
Huddersfield v Reading
Hull City v Brighton
Ipswich v Portsmouth
Leeds United v Rotherham
Manchester United v Sheffield United
Middlesbrough v Burnle
Newport County v Blackburn
Northampton v MK Dons
Norwich v Manchester City
Nottingham Forest v QPR
Oxford United v Swansea
Peterborough v Preston NE
Salford City/Hartlepool v Derby
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Tottenham v Leicester
Watford v Newcastle
West Bromwich v Bristol City
West Ham v Wolves
Wycombe v Aston Villa
Ties to be played 8-11 January
 
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