The draw for 2021/2022 English FA Cup third round fixtures was done yesterday, with all teams already paired.
The FA Cup is the oldest football competition in the world and will see all 20 teams in the English Premier League and 24 teams in the EFL Championship automatically qualify for this round of fixtures.
FA Cup Draw
First-time winners and current cup holders Leicester City who defeated Chelsea by a Youri Tielemans lone goal in the final, have been paired for a home game against fellow Premier League side Watford.
Chelsea, the last runner-up, has been paired for a home game against table-toppers of national league side Chesterfield.
Arsenal, who has won the trophy a record 14 times, have been handed an away tie to play Championship side, Nottingham Forest.
Six times FA Cup winner Manchester City have been grouped for an away tie to league two side Swindon town., while fellow Manchester ‘team’ United will play at home to rejuvenate Steven Gerrard’s side Aston Villa.
Liverpool, who last won the FA cup in 2006, has been handed an easy fixture at home to league one side Shrewsbury Town.
Antonio Conte will hope to replicate his second season heroics with Chelsea as his Tottenham side faces league one Morecambe in London.
London side Westham United will welcome premier league side Leeds United to the London Stadium while Premier league strugglers Newcastle United draws Cambridge United.
Hull City will host Merseyside Everton, Burnley will play Huddersfield, and Charlton Athletic will face relegation-threatened Norwich City.
The FA Cup 3rd round matches will be played from 7th to 10th January 2022, as each fixture’s exact date and time will be announced soon.
This season’s final will be held at the New Wembley Stadium on Saturday the 14th of May 2022.