FA Cup third round draw simulator: Man Utd handed tough task, while Liverpool and Arsenal face tricky away ties
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With the FA Cup third-round draw taking place this afternoon, SPORTbible thought to run a simulator and see what ties were handed out to the Premier League’s finest.
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup will take place on Sunday, as teams from the Premier League and Championship enter the heralded cup competition and provide clubs from across the pyramid the chance to play England and Wales’ biggest sides.
Manchester City are the defending champions after beating rivals United 2-1 in June's final at Wembley.
With Pep Guardiola’s men, United and the other 18 top-flight clubs set to find out their opponents for the third round, we decided to run a draw simulator and see how each team fared.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have been given a tricky away trip to Championship high-flyers Leicester City, who won the FA Cup back in 2021.
Arsenal have been drawn away against fellow Premier League side Newcastle - a tricky encounter for Mikel Arteta’s men.
Elsewhere, holders City face Championship side Plymouth away from home, in what will be a long and arduous journey for the reigning treble winners.
Tottenham have been handed a home fixture against Sheffield Wednesday, while Chelsea have been dealt an all-Premier League tie against Crystal Palace.
Below is the rest of our simulated draw:
Leeds United vs Coventry City
Bristol City vs AFC Wimbledon or Ramsgate
Nottingham Forest vs Cambridge United
West Ham United vs Bolton Wanderers
Burnley vs Southampton
Blackpool or Forest Green Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
Blackburn Rovers vs AFC Bournemouth
Chesterfield or Leyton Orient vs Millwall
Aston Villa vs Ipswich Town
Birmingham City vs Brentford
Everton vs Crewe Alexandra or Bristol Rovers
Watford vs Sheffield United
Sutton United vs West Bromwich Albion
Rotherham United vs Fulham
Luton Town vs Oxford United
Stoke City vs Middlesbrough
Cardiff City vs Maidstone United
Eastleigh or Reading vs Norwich City
Aldershot Town or Stockport County vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sunderland vs Preston North End
Morecambe vs Queens Park Rangers
Wrexham or Yeovil Town vs Swansea City
Gillingham vs Peterborough United
Stevenage or Port Vale vs Huddersfield Town
Hull City vs Shrewsbury Town
Alfreton Town or Walsall vs Newport County or Barnet