FA Cup 2022 third round draw: Man City vs Chelsea the pick of the ties

FA Cup trophy - Bradley Collyer/PA
FA Cup trophy - Bradley Collyer/PA

08:14 PM

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Manchester City to face Chelsea in heavyweight FA Cup clash

Manchester City and Chelsea have been drawn to play each other in one of a number of all-Premier League ties in this season's FA Cup third round.

Pep Guardiola's team will host Graham Potter's Chelsea in the Cup competition just a few days after their top-flight meeting on January 5, as the domestic season grinds back into action after the hiatus for the Qatar World Cup. The matches will come thick and fast once the players return from the Middle East so it will be interesting to see how the Premier League clubs handle the FA Cup this campaign, especially when it comes to ties against fellow top-flight teams.

Other all Premier League ties include Liverpool entertaining Wolves, Brentford facing West Ham, Manchester United hosting Everton and Southampton traveling to Crystal Palace.

Current Premier League leaders Arsenal have been handed an away day against Oxford United, who currently sit 13th in League One. Meanwhile, high-flying Newcastle United have been handed a trip to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday who currently lie third in League One. Without a piece of domestic silverware since way back in 1955 the Saudi Arabia-owned club may well look for a good run in the oldest cup competition in the world.

Of the minnows – always looking for a big pay day against a top-flight club for financial reasons and the chance to create more FA Cup giant-killing magic – National League (fifth tier) Chesterfield were drawn at home to Championship side West Brom, while counterparts Boreham Wood will face League One Accrington Stanley. Wrexham, the current leaders of the National League, head for second-tier Coventry, currently 11th in the Championship.

Leicester City, winners in 2021, will travel to either National League Dagenham & Redbridge or League Two Gillingham.

The matches will be played across January 6-9.

The draw in full

Preston v Huddersfield

Middlesbrough v Brighton

Chesterfield v West Brom

Manchester City v Chelsea

Charlton or Stockport County v Walsall

Boreham Wood v Accrington

Tottenham v Portsmouth

Derby v Barnsley

Cardiff v Leeds

Brentford v West Ham

Bournemouth v Burnley

Coventry v Wrexham

Norwich v Blackburn

Aston Villa v Stevenage

Luton v Wigan

Oxford v Arsenal

Fleetwood v QPR

Liverpool v Wolves

Grimsby v Burton

Blackpool v Nottingham Forest

Dagenham & Redbridge or Gillingham v Leicester

Forest Green v Birmingham

Bristol City v Swansea

Hartlepool v Stoke

Hull v Fulham

Crystal Palace v Southampton

Millwall v Sheffield United

Shrewsbury v Sunderland

Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle

Manchester United v Everton

Reading v Watford

Ipswich v Rotherham

07:52 PM

Over on Twitter

Boreham Wood fans are taking the positive out of the negative of not getting a possible giant-killing tie against a Big Club.

The lowest ranked side in the competition are to face Accrington Stanley (who are they? Exactly...) but rather than bemoan their luck, the fans are remarking that it's a good chance to get to the fourth round where, perhaps, they could face one of the likes of Liverpool and Man City.

07:47 PM

Premier League leaders Arsenal

Travel to the city of dreaming spires - yes, Oxford. They'll face an Oxford United side currently sitting 13th in League One.

The pair last faced each other back in 2003, also in the Third Round, the north Londoners winning 2-0. You suspect Mikel Arteta will rest several of his first-choice players (they'll need a rest after the World Cup) so chances of an upset shouldn't be immediately kicked into Row Z.

Oxford's Kassam Stadium - Alex Burstow /Getty Images
Oxford's Kassam Stadium - Alex Burstow /Getty Images

07:39 PM

No doubting the tie of the round

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07:37 PM

There were a fair few sniggers...

...When Everton were drawn away to Manchester United. The draw was taking place at Anfield and the room was packed full of Reds. John Aldridge saw the funny side and added: "It means that one of [Liverpool's] rivals won't make the next round."

Anthony Gordon and his Everton side will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the third round - Jeremy Ng/Getty Images
Anthony Gordon and his Everton side will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the third round - Jeremy Ng/Getty Images

07:30 PM

Here's the draw in full

Man Utd vs Everton

Reading vs Watford

Ispwich vs Rotherham

Hull City vs Fulham

Crystal Palace vs Southampton

Milwall vs Sheffield United

Shrewsbury vs Sunderland

Sheffield Wednesday vs Newcastle

Liverpool vs Wolves

Grimsby vs Burton

Blackpool vs Nottingham Forest

Dagenham & Redbridge or Gillingham vs Leicester

Forest Green Rovers vs Birmingham City

Bristol City vs Swansea City

Hartlepool vs Stoke City

Bournemouth vs Burnley

Coventry vs Wrexham

Norwich City vs Blackburn Rovers

Aston Villa vs Stevenage

Luton vs Wigan

Oxford United vs Arsenal

Fleetwood vs QPR

Charlton or Stockport vs Walsall

Boreham Wood vs Accrington Stanley

Tottenham vs Portsmouth

Derby vs Barnsley

Cardiff vs Leeds

Brentford vs West Ham

Preston vs Huddersfield

Middlesbrough vs Brighton

Chesterfield vs West Brom

Man City vs Chelsea

07:27 PM

That's the draw concluded

And the one that stands out from a Premier League perspective is the Manchester City vs Chelsea one...they meet in the top flight just days before.

Manchester United hosting Everton is another all-Premier League affair, as is Crystal Palace facing Southampton.

As for the minnows Boreham Wood they didn't get the marquee tie they wanted - they will face Accrington Stanley.

Boreham Wood's manager Luke Garrard said:

"Like (Accrington manager) John (Coleman) we wanted a Liverpool or City away and saw John's face when he got us, he looked devastated!"

07:22 PM

The final ties are...

Man Utd vs Everton

Reading vs Watford

Ispwich vs Rotherham

07:21 PM

Here are some more ties...

Hull City vs Fulham

Crystal Palace vs Southampton

Milwall vs Sheffield United

Shrewsbury vs Sunderland

Sheffield Wednesday vs Newcastle

07:20 PM

Here are some more ties...

Liverpool vs Wolves

Grimsby vs Burton

Blackpool vs Nottingham Forest

Dagenham & Redbridge or Gillingham vs Leicester

Forest Green Rovers vs Birmingham City

Bristol City vs Swansea City

Hartlepool vs Stoke City

07:18 PM

Here are some more ties...

Bournemouth vs Burnley

Coventry vs Wrexham

Norwich City vs Blackburn Rovers

Aston Villa vs Stevenage

Luton vs Wigan

Oxford United vs Arsenal

Fleetwood vs QPR

07:16 PM

More tires are here...

Charlton/Stockport vs Walsall

Boreham Wood vs Accrington Stanley

Tottenham vs Portsmouth

Derby vs Barnsley

Cardiff vs Leeds

Brentford vs West Ham

07:15 PM

The first few matches picked are...

Preston vs Huddersfield

Middlesbrough vs Brighton

Chesterfield vs West Brom

Man City vs Chelsea

07:10 PM

The draw is about to start

Here we go...here's hoping one of the minnows get a Premier League side.

07:10 PM

Boreham Wood have made it to the third round once again

And their coach Luke Garrard, who's one of England's youngest and brightest managers, is waxing lyrical about what it means to the National League side describing it as 'brilliant'. Listening to managers like him reminds us that this is still an important competition for clubs like his. He wants 'one of the big boys' and a tie like that is brilliant financially for the Boreham Woods as well as the chance to create some headlines.

Luke Garrard has again led Boreham Wood to the third round - Heathcliff O'Malley
Luke Garrard has again led Boreham Wood to the third round - Heathcliff O'Malley

07:05 PM

John Aldridge is reminding everyone...

Just how good that Liverpool side he starred in were (and boy were they great) and just how important the FA Cup used to be.

Showing my age here but, when I were a lad it was arguably more important than the league.

07:01 PM

The coverage is starting on BBC

And the likeable Manish Bhasin is on presenting duties. He and lots of Liverpool fans are in one of the many lounges at Anfield. Also there are two Reds legends John Aldridge and Mark Wright.

06:54 PM

Anfield is the host for tonight's draw

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06:53 PM

One goal has 'giant killing' written all over it

Yep, you've guessed it, it's Ronnie Radford's piledriver on an hideous cow-field of a pitch for Hereford vs Newcastle United in the 1972 FA Cup.

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Radford died earlier this month bringing to attention once again the moment he'll forever be remembered by.

Here's Jim White's interview with the man who'll always be associated with FA Cup upsets.

READ: Ronnie Radford never tired of watching miracle goal: 'I get emotional every time'

06:40 PM

So numbers to look out for...

  • Holders Liverpool are 21

  • Man City are 23

  • Premier League leaders Arsenal are 2

  • The National League's Boreham Wood are 57

  • The National League's Chesterfield are 61

  • The National Lague's Wrexham are 46

Liverpool will be out to defend their crown having beaten Chelsea at Wembley back in May - Michael Regan/Getty Images
Liverpool will be out to defend their crown having beaten Chelsea at Wembley back in May - Michael Regan/Getty Images

06:35 PM

Ball numbers

1. AFC Bournemouth

2. Arsenal

3. Aston Villa

4. Birmingham City

5. Blackburn Rovers

6. Blackpool

7. Brentford

8. Brighton & Hove Albion

9. Bristol City

10. Burnley

11. Cardiff City

12. Chelsea

13. Coventry City

14. Crystal Palace

15. Everton

16. Fulham

17. Huddersfield Town

18. Hull City

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. Preston North End

31. Queens Park Rangers

32. Reading

33. Rotherham United

34. Sheffield United

35. Southampton

36. Stoke City

37. Sunderland

38. Swansea City

39. Tottenham Hotspur

40. Watford

41. West Bromwich Albion

42. West Ham United

43. Wigan Athletic

44. Wolverhampton Wanderers

45. Grimsby Town

46. Wrexham

47. Accrington Stanley

48. Fleetwood Town

49. Ipswich Town

50. Barnsley

51. Forest Green Rovers

52. Portsmouth

53. Shrewsbury Town

54. Hartlepool United

55. Stevenage

56. Charlton Athletic or Stockport County

57. Boreham Wood

58. Dagenham & Redbridge or Gillingham

59. Oxford United

60. Sheffield Wednesday

61. Chesterfield

62. Burton Albion

63. Walsall

64. Derby County

06:16 PM

The round of giant killings

The eyes of the footballing world may well be focused on Qatar at the moment (if you want to follow the last match - Portugal vs Uruguay - of what's been an entertaining day's action you can do so here...) but for a bit of this evening the focus of fans may well turn back to their clubs as the draw for the third round of the FA Cup takes place.

In addition to the 20 winners of the second round there will be 44 other balls in the hat (or Perspex container as is now used) with all Premier League and Championship clubs joining the fray.

Last season's winners Liverpool may well still view this competition as not a huge priority (until the later stages) but such has been their poor form in the Premier League that a good run in the oldest cup competition in the world may well do Jurgen Klopp's side some good.

Tonight's draw takes place at Anfield, the famous home of the holders, with all the 'minnows' (think Boreham Wood and Chesterfield) hoping for a big tie against one of the giants (think Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal  etc etc).

Coming on the back of the World Cup, in an already-packed schedule, the attraction of the FA Cup for the big clubs may well be even less than usual - with players likely to be rested for the early rounds. But it's still a battle for the famous trophy, and come the third round - the round of giant killings - passion for the cup will doubtless return for many.

The FA Cup third round will not take place until the weekend of Saturday, January 7, 2023. Ties will be expected to be played across the dates of January 6/7/8/9, 2023.

Stay here for all draw to see who your team will face.