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FA Cup draw: PL giants handed lower-league opponents

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: The FA Cup Trophy is seen prior to The Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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The draw for the third round of the 2018-19 FA Cup has pitted Premier League sides against one another in only two ties, as top-flight sides were largely handed a straightforward challenge when they make their way into the competition in early January.

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Liverpool, who currently sit second in the PL by just two points, will visit 12th-place and newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers; ninth-place Bournemouth, who occupied sixth place just two weeks ago, will host 11th-place Brighton & Hove Albion.

Meanwhile, PL leaders Manchester City will be visited by 20th-place Championship side Rotherham United; Chelsea will welcome fifth-place Championship side Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge; Arsenal will visit either League One side Blackpool or National League (fifth tier) side Solihull Moors; Tottenham Hotspur will visit either League Two side Tranmere Rovers or National League North (sixth tier) side Southport.

Full FA Cup third-round draw

Manchester City vs. Rotherham United
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Liverpool
vs. Nottingham Forest
Solihull Moors/Blackpool vs. Arsenal
Tranmere Rovers/Southport vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Everton vs. Lincoln City
Manchester United vs. Reading
Wrexham/Newport County vs. Leicester City
Bournemouth vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Woking vs. Watford
West Ham United v Birmingham City
Crystal Palace vs. Grimsby Town
Newcastle United vs. Blackburn Rovers
Gillingham vs. Cardiff City
Bristol City vs. Huddersfield Town
Derby County vs. Southampton
Burnley vs. Barnsley
Fulham vs. Oldham
Accrington Stanley vs. Ipswich Town
Aston Villa vs. Swansea City
Bolton Wanderers vs. Walsall/Sunderland.
Brentford vs. Oxford United
Guiseley/Fleetwood town vs. AFC Wimbledon
Middlesbrough vs. Peterborough/Bradford City
Millwall vs. Hull
Norwich City vs. Portsmouth
Preston North End vs. Doncaster Rovers
Queens Park Rangers vs. Leeds United
Sheffield United vs. Barnet
Sheffield Wednesday vs. Luton Town
Shrewsbury vs. Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion vs. Wigan Athletic

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