Saturday 24 March 2018

Liverpool's derby date the pick of third-round draw

Liverpool and Everton face an all-Merseyside FA Cup showdown. Photo: Getty Images
Liverpool and Everton face an all-Merseyside FA Cup showdown. Photo: Getty Images Sportsdesk

Liverpool and Everton face an all-Merseyside FA Cup showdown next month after being drawn out together in the third-round draw.

The pair, who last met in the tournament in the 2012 semi-final which Liverpool won 2-1, will play each other at Anfield on the weekend beginning January 5. Non-league Hereford will welcome 2016 Premier League champions Leicester to Edgar Street provided they win their replay against Fleetwood.

Premier League leaders Manchester City are at home to Burnley, while potential upsets include West Ham's trip to League One high-flyers Shrewsbury, and Championship leaders Wolves at home to ailing Swansea.

FA Cup third-round draw (Ties to be played January 5-7 ):

Ipswich v Sheffield Utd; Watford v Bristol City; Birmingham v Burton, Liverpool v Everton, Brighton v Crystal Palace, Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough, Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan, Coventry v Stoke, Newport v Leeds, Bolton v Huddersfield, Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford, Nottingham Forest v Arsenal, Brentford v Notts County, QPR v MK Dons, Manchester United v Derby, Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom, Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale, Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon, Middlesbrough v Sunderland, Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester, Blackburn or Crewe v Hull, Cardiff v Mansfield, Man City v Burnley, Shrewsbury v West Ham, Wolves v Swansea, Stevenage v Reading, Newcastle v Luton, Millwall v Barnsley, Fulham v Southampton, Wycombe v Preston, Norwich v Chelsea, Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday

Irish Independent

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