FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW: Ipswich Town away at Southampton - game set for Sunday, January 4th
PUBLISHED: 20:34 08 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:37 09 December 2014
Ipswich Town will travel to Premier League high-flyers Southampton in the FA Cup Third Round.
FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup is as follows.
Arsenal v Hull City
Southampton v Ipswich
Stoke v Wrexham
Charlton v Blackburn
Dover v Crystal Palace
AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
Aldershot/Rochdale v Nottingham Forest
West Brom v Gateshead
Blyth Spartans v Birmingham
Aston Villa v Blackpool
Rotherham v Bournemouth
Huddersfield v Reading
Oxford/Tranmere v Swansea
Cardiff v Colchester
Bolton v Wigan
Sunderland v Leeds
Burnley v Tottenham
Millwall v Bradford
Derby v Southport
Brentford v Brighton
Fulham v Wolves
Leicester v Newcastle
Scunthorpe/Worcester v Chesterfield
Everton v West Ham
Cambridge/Mansfield v Bury/Luton
Chelsea v Watford
Barnsley/Chester v Middlesbrough
QPR v Sheffield United
Accrington/Yeovil v Manchester United
Preston v Norwich
Doncaster v Bristol City
Ties to be played across the weekend beginning January 3.
Both clubs have agreed to play the game on Sunday, January 4 (3pm ko), though that could change if the tie is selected for television.
The Blues, winners in 1978, have endured a miserable run in the competition over the last few years and last reached round four in 2010 where incidentally, they lost away at the Saints, 2-1.
Town were dumped out at the third round stage last season, against League One Preston, a Joe Garner hat-trick condemning the Blues to a 3-2 defeat, following a 1-1 draw at Portman Road in the original tie.
Previous to that, the Blues lost at Aston Villa (2-1) in 2013, Hull City (3-1) in 2012 and Chelsea (7-0) in 2011.
The Blues’ last victory at the third round stage came in 2010 when goals from Jack Colback and Owen Garvan gave the Blues a 2-1 win at Blackpool.
Town, in the second automatic spot in the Championship, have aspirations of Premier League football next season, but will have their work cut out against the Saints, managed by legendary former Barcelona and Holland defender, Ronald Koeman.
The Saints sat fourth in the top flight, prior to Monday night’s home game against Manchester United, having won five and drawn one of their seven league games at St Mary’s this season.
Following a summer of upheaval on the south coast which saw several high-profile departures, including head coach Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham and key trio Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren to Liverpool, many predicted a season of struggle for the 1976 Cup winners.
However, Koeman has spent well, bringing in unfamiliar names such as Italian striker Graziano Pelle from Feyenoord, FC Twente playmaker Dusan Tadic and Red Bull Salzburg’s Senegalese striker, Saido Mane.
That trio in particular have proved instant hits and have supplemented the talent that was left at the Hampshire club, such as Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama and newly-capped England defender Nathaniel Clyne.
Town goalkeeper, Bartosz Bialkowski and striker, David McGoldrick are former Saints players, while Blues’ goalkeeping coach Malcolm Webster spent time working for the Saints.