Marine v Mourinho: FA Cup minnows draw Tottenham in third round

Marine v Mourinho: FA Cup minnows draw Tottenham in third round

Marine of the Northern Premier League Division One – in the eighth tier of the English game – have been drawn at home to Tottenham, the Premier League leaders, in the third round of the FA Cup.

The team from Crosby on Merseyside became only the second side from the eighth tier to reach the third round, by beating Havant & Waterlooville after extra time on Sunday. The chasm separating them from José Mourinho’s Tottenham is the biggest ever between two clubs in the third round.

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FA Cup third-round draw


Huddersfield v Plymouth; Southampton v Shrewsbury; Chorley v Derby; Marine v Tottenham; Wolves v Crystal Palace; Stockport v West Ham; Oldham v Bournemouth; Manchester United v Watford; Stevenage v Swansea; Everton v Rotherham; Nottingham Forest v Cardiff; Arsenal v Newcastle; Barnsley v Tranmere; Bristol Rovers v Sheffield United; Canvey Island or Boreham Wood v Millwall; Blackburn v Doncaster; Stoke v Leicester; Wycombe v Preston; Crawley v Leeds; Burnley v MK Dons; Bristol City v Portsmouth; QPR v Fulham; Aston Villa v Liverpool; Brentford v Middlesbrough; Manchester City v Birmingham; Luton v Reading; Chelsea v Morecambe; Exeter v Sheffield Wednesday; Norwich v Coventry; Blackpool v West Brom; Newport v Brighton; Cheltenham v Mansfield

Ties to be played over the weekend of 8-11 January

Chorley of National League North will play Derby at home and Stockport, of the National League, have also been handed home advantage in their tie against West Ham.

Arsenal, the holders, face Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium and another all-Premier League tie sees Aston Villa against Liverpool at Villa Park.

Another side from the eighth tier, Canvey Island of Isthmian League North Division, will play Millwall at home if they beat Boreham Wood of the National League in Monday night’s second-round tie.

The League Two side Crawley have been drawn to play Leeds at home and Bristol Rovers have been rewarded for thrashing Darlington 6-0 in the second round with a home tie against Sheffield United.

Last season’s beaten finalists, Chelsea, will play Morecambe of League Two at Stamford Bridge and the 2019 winners, Manchester City, will host Birmingham. QPR face Fulham in a west London derby at Loftus Road, while Manchester United have been drawn against Watford at Old Trafford.

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