Ipswich Town draw Preston in FA Cup Third Round
PUBLISHED: 16:31 08 December 2013 | UPDATED: 20:22 08 December 2013
Copyright Ashley Pickering
Ipswich Town have been handed a home draw against League One promotion hopefuls Preston North End in the FA Cup Third Round, sponsored by Budweiser.
The Blues were one of the last teams to be picked out of the hat in yesterday’s draw and will face the Lilywhites who edged out League Two side Wycombe at Adams Park on Saturday.
Town will be attempting to reach round four for the first time since 2010, having gone out to Aston Villa (2-1), Hull (3-1) and Chelsea (7-0) in the last three years.
The teams have met once before in the Cup, Town winning 3-0 at Deepdale in January 1980. Their last meetings in the league came in the Championship, when both teams won their respective home fixtures in the 2010/11 campaign.
Elsewhere, Premier League leaders Arsenal have been handed a mouthwatering tie against north London rivals Tottenham.
The pair are among the most successful clubs in the competition’s history, with Arsenal having lifted the trophy on 10 occasions while Spurs have won it eight times.
The only side to have won the FA Cup more times are Manchester United, who will host Swansea.
FA Cup holders Wigan start off against MK Dons while the side they beat in May’s final, Manchester City, face a short trip to Blackburn.
Liverpool, who moved up to second in the Premier League standings with their 4-1 win over West Ham on Saturday, could face Oldham in their third-round tie – the team that knocked them out last season.
Oldham beat the Reds 3-2 in the fourth round and they will get another crack at Brendan Rodgers’ men if they can overcome Mansfield in their second-round replay.
Liverpool also met Mansfield in the third round last season, with Luis Suarez’s contentious second goal – when the Uruguay international handled the ball before scoring – earning his side a 2-1 win.
There are a number of other all-Premier League ties, with Newcastle hosting Cardiff, Norwich taking on Fulham and Crystal Palace going to West Brom
The top three sides in the Championship, meanwhile, are all away to top-flight teams with leaders Burnley at Southampton, second-placed QPR going to Everton and Leicester in third taking on Stoke.
Derby, who are up to fourth in the second tier after winning their last five matches, were handed a home tie against Chelsea.
Nottingham Forest, fifth in the Championship, will also need to claim a Premier League scalp if they are to reach the fourth round after being drawn at home to West Ham.
In ties involving the other top-flight teams, Aston Villa take on Sheffield United, Middlesbrough meet Hull while Sunderland host Carlisle.
Of the non-league clubs still involved in the competition, Kidderminster were drawn against Peterborough, Grimsby face Huddersfield while Macclesfield host Sheffield Wednesday.
Another conference side, Wrexham, will go to Charlton if they can overcome League Two pacesetters Oxford in their second-round replay.
In other games, last season’s semi-finalists Millwall are at Southend, Brighton welcome Reading, Bolton take on Blackpool, League One leaders Leyton Orient go to Yeovil, Rochdale face Leeds, Bristol City take on Watford, Doncaster face Stevenage and Plymouth go to Port Vale.
Also, Barnsley host Hartlepool or Coventry, Birmingham meet Bristol Rovers or Crawley while Bournemouth take on Fleetwood or Burton.