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2 of the Premier League's in-form teams paired together in FA Cup third round draw

Meanwhile, holders Arsenal face Sunderland.

Leicester are currently top of the league.
Leicester are currently top of the league.
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Updated at 20.37

DEFENDING FA CUP winners Arsenal have been pitted against Sunderland in the third round, while Premier League leaders Leicester City will face Tottenham, who are unbeaten in 14 league matches.

Arsenal are looking to win the competition for the third straight year having followed up their 3-2 extra-time win over Hull City in 2014 by beating Aston Villa 4-0 last season.

And Arsene Wenger’s men will be expected to get their campaign off to a winning start against a Sunderland side the London club defeated 3-1 in the Premier League last Saturday.

Should they overcome Hartlepool in their second-round replay, the Class of 92-owned Salford will be rewarded with a tie against Derby.

Meanwhile, Newport County, who are in the third round for the first time since they were reformed in 1989 and are managed by ex-Ireland international John Sheridan, will host Blackburn.

Man United are at home to Sheffield United, Liverpool must travel to Exeter and Man City face a tricky tie away to Norwich in another all-Premier League affair.

Jose Mourinho’s embattled Chelsea side will play either Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe.

The third-round ties will be played between 8 and 11 January.

The draw in full:

Watford v Newcastle

West Brom v Bristol City

West Ham v Wolves

Salford or Hartlepool v Derby

Exeter v Liverpool

Tottenham v Leicester

Colchester v Charlton

Peterborough v Preston

Northampton v Milton Keynes Dons

Arsenal v Sunderland

Newport v Blackburn

Ipswich v Portsmouth

Birmingham v Bournemouth

Wycombe v Aston Villa

Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham

Oxford v Swansea

Brentford v Chesterfield or Walsall

Bury v Bradford

Manchester United v Sheffield United

Everton v Dagenham or Whitehawk

Southampton v Crystal Palace

Eastleigh v Bolton

Nottingham Forest v QPR

Carlisle v Yeovil

Chelsea v Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe

Doncaster v Stoke

Leeds v Rotherham

Cardiff v Grimsby or Shrewsbury

Huddersfield v Reading

Middlesbrough v Burnley

Norwich v Manchester City

Hull v Brighton

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