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FA Cup Third Round: Minnows Versus Superstars

It’s the best domestic cup competition in the world and the FA Cup third round draw could non-league side Solihull Moors meet Arsenal in a tantalizing money-spinning tie

The National League high flyers, managed by Tim Flowers, need to beat League One Blackpool in a replay at Bloomfield Road next Tuesday in order to face Unai Emery’s side.

Arsenal arriving at the 3,050-capacity Damson Park would represent the biggest occasion in Solihull’s history.

Arsenal’s North London rivals Spurs could also meet non-league opposition as they will travel to either League Two Tranmere or National League North Southport.

National League Wrexham will also host Premier League opposition in the shape of 2016 champions Leicester, if they can get past League Two Newport.

Watford will also hope to avoid a giant-killing act when they head to National League South side Woking.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea were handed home draws against Sky Bet Championship trio Reading, Rotherham and Nottingham Forest respectively, while League Two Lincoln will travel to top-flight Everton.

The draw yielded two all-Premier League ties with Wolves welcoming Liverpool to Molineux and Bournemouth hosting Brighton.

Cardiff will travel to League One Gillingham, while Newcastle face Championship Blackburn at St James’ Park and Crystal Palace are at home to League Two Grimsby.

Managerless Southampton have been drawn away to Frank Lampard’s promotion-chasing Derby, while Fulham welcome League Two Oldham to Craven Cottage and Championship side Birmingham head for West Ham, with Burnley taking on League One Barnsley at Turf Moor

Ties will take place on the weekend of 4-7 January 2019.

FA Cup third-round draw

  • Bolton v Walsall or Sunderland
  • Millwall v Hull
  • Gillingham v Cardiff
  • Brentford v Oxford
  • Sheffield Wednesday v Luton
  • Manchester United v Reading
  • Everton v Lincoln
  • Tranmere or Southport v Tottenham
  • Preston v Doncaster
  • Newcastle v Blackburn
  • Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
  • Crystal Palace v Grimsby
  • Derby v Southampton
  • Accrington Stanley v Ipswich
  • Bristol City v Huddersfield
  • Wrexham or Newport v Leicester
  • Fulham v Oldham
  • Shrewsbury v Stoke
  • Solihull Moors or Blackpool v Arsenal
  • Manchester City v Rotherham
  • Bournemouth v Brighton
  • West Ham v Birmingham
  • Woking v Watford
  • Burnley v Barnsley
  • QPR v Leeds