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Fulham at home in the FA Cup

last updated Monday 05th December 2005, 11:23 AM
Third round draw
Ties to be played weekend of January 7-8
Fulham v Leyton Orient
Arsenal v Cardiff
Barnsley/Bradford v Walsall
Blackburn v QPR
Brighton v Coventry
Burton/Burscough v Man Utd
Chelsea v Huddersfield
Cheltenham/Oxford v Chester
Crystal Palace v Stevenage/Northampton
Derby v Burnley
Hull v Aston Villa
Ipswich v Portsmouth
Leicester v Tottenham
Luton v Liverpool
Man City v Scunthorpe
Millwall v Everton
Newcastle v Mansfield
Norwich v West Ham
Nuneaton/Histon v Middlesbrough
Port Vale/Bristol Rovers v Boston/Doncaster
Preston v Crewe
Sheffield Utd v Colchester
Sheffield Wed v Charlton
Southampton v MK Dons
Stockport v Oldham/Brentford
Stoke v Tamworth
Sunderland v Woking/Northwich
Torquay v Birmingham
Watford v Bolton
West Brom v Reading
Wigan v Leeds
Wolves v Plymouth
The third round of the FA Cup has once again thrown up some intriguing ties with Fulham being drawn at home to East Londoners Leyton Orient.

Orient are riding high in Football League Two (old Division 4) at the moment, just 3 points behind the divisional leaders. The O's beat Fulham the first time the two sides met back in 1907 and since then results have been fairly even between the two squads.

11-time winners Manchester United travel to Burton or Burscough while Middlesbrough will tackle either Nuneaton or Histon.

Stevenage's hopes are still alive and they will travel to Crystal Palace should they overcome Northampton in a replay while giant-killers Tamworth travel to Stoke City following their heroics over Hartlepool.

David O'Leary's Aston Villa will be hoping to avoid another cup shock when they travel to Championship outfit Hull City while European champions Liverpool make the trip down south to take on Mike Newell's Luton Town.

There are no all-Premiership ties in the round with Arsenal entertaining Cardiff while Manchester City and Newcastle United will be confident of overcoming Scunthorpe and Mansfield Town respectively.

Nuneaton or Histon will tackle Premiership side Middlesbrough in the third round, with a massive pay-day at stake for the winners from the Glassworld Stadium replay.

Histon boss Steve Fallon believes it is hard not to think about the plump tie that awaits the winners and wants his side to keep to keep focused on beating Nuneaton.

"The winner will take all and the loser will be absolutely devastated, so there's a lot of pressure on all the players," Fallon.

"If you get into the third round draw you want a big club, we're really pleased with the draw. The gate receipts would be a big boost for us.

"Everybody is buzzing but we have to keep our feet on the ground, we've got a difficult replay to get through before we even think about Middlesbrough."

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