Chelsea to host Forest; possible non-league test for Arsenal

Holders Chelsea will host Nottingham Forest and non-league sides could await Arsenal and Tottenham in an FA Cup draw that kept the big boys apart.

Holders Chelsea to host Forest in FA Cup, possible non-league test for Arsenal

Holders Chelsea will begin their FA Cup defence with a home tie against Nottingham Forest, while Arsenal could face non-league opposition in the third round. The Blues beat Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley back in May's final thanks to an Eden Hazard penalty, in what proved to be Antonio Conte's last game in charge.

Championship outfit Forest were 4-2 winners over Arsenal in the third round last season and Unai Emery's men could have a venture into the unknown if Solihull Moors of the National League can overcome League One Blackpool in a second-round replay. Premier League leaders Manchester City, who were knocked out by Wigan Athletic in the fifth round last season, entertain Rotherham United.

Liverpool travel to Molineux

City's neighbours United are also at home to Championship strugglers in the form of Reading. Liverpool will travel to Wolves in one of only two all-Premier League ties, with Bournemouth hosting Brighton and Hove Albion. Tottenham, still seeking their first trophy under Mauricio Pochettino, face a trip to Merseyside against either Southport of the National League North or League Two Tranmere Rovers.

Ties will take place between 4-7 January.

FA Cup third round – draw in full:

Manchester United v Reading

Wolves v Liverpool

Aston Villa v Swansea

Everton v Lincoln

Bolton v Walsall or Sunderland

Gillingham v Cardiff

Brentford v Oxford

Millwall v Hull

Sheffield Wednesday v Luton

Tranmere Rovers/Southport v Tottenham

Preston v Doncaster

Newcastle v Blackburn

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest

Crystal Palace v Grimsby

Derby v Southampton

Accrington Stanley v Ipswich

Bristol City v Huddersfield

Wrexham/Newport v Leicester

Fulham v Oldham

Shrewsbury v Stoke

Solihull Moors/ Blackpool v Arsenal

Manchester City v Rotherham

Bournemouth v Brighton

West Ham v Birmingham

Woking v Watford

Burnley v Barnsley

QPR v Leeds

Sheffield United v Barnet

Norwich v Portsmouth

Fleetwood v Wimbledon

West Brom v Wigan

Middlesbrough v Peterborough/Bradford