Thursday, 12 December, 2019

FA to highlight mental health during FA Cup third round

The FA Cup in all its shiny glory The FA Cup in all its shiny glory Credit Getty Images
Cary Erickson | 04 December, 2019, 22:00

The Cherries have been knocked out at the Third Round stage in each of the last 3 Premier League seasons.

Pep Guardiola's City thumped Watford 6-0 in last season's final and have been given a favourable draw to kick-start their 2019-20 campaign, with John Askey's League Two side pitching up at the Etihad Stadium.

Fylde, from the fifth level, will mark their first third-round appearance with a trip to Sheffield while fellow non-league side North Boston will host Newcastle if they beat Rochdale in a second-round replay.

All 32 third-round ties, which will take place over the weekend of 3-6 January, will kick-off one minute later than usual.

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Arsenal welcome Leeds to the Emirates, while Chelsea were also handed a home tie against high-flying second-tier opposition, with Nottingham Forest heading to Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere, Eastleigh or Crewe will entertain Championship strugglers Barnsley, with Hartlepool going to Oxford if they get past Exeter, and Solihull Moors or Rotherham hosting Hull.

Arsenal, who have lifted the FA Cup 13 times, were drawn against Championship side Leeds, whose only FA Cup win came against the Gunners in the 1972 final.

Jose Mourinho's Tottenham go to Middlesbrough, and Aston VIlla head to Craven Cottage, where Fulham await.