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Holders Chelsea to face Nottingham Forest in FA Cup third round

Chelsea will start their FA Cup title defence against Nottingham Forest.

Chelsea will start their FA Cup title defence against Nottingham Forest.

Holders Chelsea will welcome Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge in the third round of the FA Cup.

Forest knocked Arsenal out of the competition last year and will hope for a repeat having proven difficult to beat in the Sky Bet Championship so far this season.

Arsenal, who enjoyed much success in the competition under Arsene Wenger, begin their first campaign with Unai Emery at either Solihull or Blackpool, with rivals Tottenham facing a trip north to Southport of Tranmere.

National League Wrexham will host Premier League opposition in the shape of 2016 champions Leicester, if they can get past League Two Newport, and Watford will also hope to avoid a giant-killing act when they head to National League South side Woking.

Manchester United host Reading and Manchester City host Rotherham, with Liverpool featuring in one of two all-Premier League ties as they head to Wolves.

Bournemouth versus Brighton is the other top-flight showdown with Aston Villa versus Swansea and West Brom versus Wigan among the ties between Championship sides.

Leaders Norwich will face current League One pace-setters, Portsmouth.

  • Accrington v Ipswich
  • Aston Villa v Swansea
  • Bolton v Walsall/Sunderland
  • Bournemouth v Brighton
  • Brentford v Oxford
  • Bristol City v Huddersfield
  • Burnley v Barnsley
  • Chelsea v Nottm. Forest
  • Crystal Palace v Grimsby
  • Derby v Southampton
  • Everton v Lincoln
  • Fulham v Oldham
  • Gillingham v Cardiff
  • Guiseley/Fleetwood v AFC Wimbledon
  • Man. City v Rotherham
  • Man. United v Reading
  • Middlesbrough v Peterborough/Bradford
  • Millwall v Hull
  • Newcastle v Blackburn
  • Norwich v Portsmouth
  • Preston v Doncaster
  • QPR v Leeds
  • Sheff. United v Barnet
  • Sheff. Wed v Luton
  • Shrewsbury v Stoke
  • Solihull/Blackpool v Arsenal
  • Tranmere/Southport v Tottenham
  • West Brom v Wigan
  • West Ham v Birmingham
  • Woking v Watford
  • Wolves v Liverpool
  • Wrexham/Newport v Leicester

Ties to be played January 4-7

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