FA CUP: Chelsea begin defence at home as City host United

FA Cup By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 04/12/2018

Chelsea begins title defence after being drawn at home to Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup as Manchester City host Rotherham United, Manchester United and Manchester City welcome Reading respectively after the draw was made on Monday evening.

Fifth tier outfit Solihull could have the chance to face Arsenal if they get the better of Blackpool in their replay next week while Liverpool will tackle Premier League newcomers Wolves at Molineux.

National League North Southport too have an enticing prospect in line if they can get past League Two Tranmere with Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham drawn to face the winners.

The third round is scheduled to take place over the weekend of Saturday 5 January 2019.

FA Cup third round draw in full:

Bolton Wanderers vs Walsall/Sunderland, Millwall vs Hull City, Gillingham vs Cardiff City, Brentford vs Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday vs Luton Town, Manchester United vs Reading, Everton vs Lincoln City,

Tranmere Rovers/Southport vs Tottenham, Preston North End vs Doncaster, Newcastle United vs Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace vs Grimsby, Derby County vs Southampton

Accrington Stanley, vs Ipswich Town Bristol City vs Huddersfield Town, Wrexham/Newport County vs Leicester City, Fulham vs Oldham, Shrewsbury vs Stoke, Solihull/Blackpool vs Arsenal, Manchester City vs Rotherham United,

Bournemouth vs Brighton, West Ham vs Birmingham City, Woking vs Watford, Burnley vs Barnsley, QPR vs Leeds United, Sheffield United vs Barnet, Norwich City vs Portsmouth, Guiseley/Fleetwood vs AFC Wimbledon,

West Brom vs Wigan, Middlesbrough vs Peterborough/Bradford City, Wolves vs Liverpool, Aston Villa vs Swansea City