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FA Cup third round

Portsmouth v Bristol City
Sheffield Wed v Fulham
Preston v Liverpool
Birmingham v Wolves
West Ham v Barnsley
Middlesbrough v Barrow
Hull City v Newcastle
Hartlepool v Stoke
Chelsea v Southend
Manchester City v Nottingham Forest
Cardiff v Reading
Ipswich v Chesterfield or Droylesden
Charlton v Norwich
West Brom v Peterborough or Tranmere
Torquay v Blackpool
Leyton Orient v Sheffield United
Southampton v Manchester United
Millwall v Carlisle or Crewe
Histon v Swansea
Forest Green Rovers v Derby
QPR v Burnley
Leicester v Crystal Palace
Tottenham v Wigan
Morecambe or Cheltenham v Doncaster
Arsenal v Plymouth
Notts County or Kettering v Eastwood
Bournemouth or Blyth v Blackburn
Macclesfield v Everton
Watford v Scunthorpe
Sunderland v Bolton
Coventry v Kidderminster
Gillingham or Stockport v Aston Villa
30/11/2008 14:15, Report by Nick Coppack
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Date set for Saints tie

Story updated 02/12/2008

United will face Southampton at St Mary's in the FA Cup third round. The tie will kick off at 16:00 GMT on Sunday 4 January and will be shown live in the UK on Setanta Sports.



The Reds have played the Saints 13 times before in the competition, losing just twice. Of course, one of those occasions came at Wembley in the final in 1976.

Sir Alex Ferguson is pleased to have avoided top-flight opposition and is looking forward to the tie, which will take place over the weekend of 3/4 January.

"It's the first time for quite a while that we've not had a Premier League side, so we're thankful for that," he told MUTV.

"St. Mary's is a terrific stadium with a good pitch and hopefully we'll be all right."

Elsewhere, Chelsea entertain Southend of League One, Arsenal host Championship outfit Plymouth and Manchester City have a home tie against Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest.

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