Newport or Plymouth get Liverpool trip in FA Cup third round

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League Two Newport County or Plymouth Argyle will travel to Anfield to face Premier League Liverpool in the FA Cup third round.

West Ham will host Manchester City in the pick of the all-Premier League ties, with Everton set to welcome Leicester City.

Holders Manchester United will welcome Reading, managed by former United defender Jaap Stam.

National League Sutton United will face neighbours AFC Wimbledon.

The 32 third-round ties will be played across the weekend of 6-9 January 2017.

Newport are a fan-owned club and chairman Gavin Foxall said of the prospect of a tie at Anfield: “It would absolutely be a massive financial boost for us.

“Certainly for a club like ours it would secure the future for a season or two at least.

“A game at Anfield against Liverpool would rank right up there in the club’s history.”

There are four all-Premier League ties, including Hull City against Swansea City while Burnley travel to Sunderland.

Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole expects Dutchman Stam to get a good reception on his return to Old Trafford.

“I look forward to that,” he said. “He’s done very well at Reading. I’m really pleased for him.”

The lowest ranked club left in the competition, Stourbridge United, face a potential trip to League Two Wycombe Wanderers, should the seventh-tier Northern Premier League Premier Division club beat Northampton Town in a rearranged fixture.

Of the other non-league sides through to the third round, Barrow will visit Rochdale while either Halifax or Eastleigh go to Brentford.

“I think the chairman will be really happy, because at least we’re at home,” said Barrow manager Paul Cox.

FA Cup third-round draw:

Ipswich Town v Lincoln

Barrow v Rochdale

Manchester United v Reading

Hull v Swansea

Sunderland v Burnley

QPR v Blackburn

Millwall v Bournemouth

West Ham v Manchester City

Brighton v MK Dons/Charlton

Blackpool v Barnsley

Wigan v Nottm Forest

Birmingham v Newcastle

Chelsea v Peterborough/Notts County

Middlesbrough v Sheff Weds

West Brom v Derby County

Everton v Leicester

Liverpool v Newport/Plymouth

Wycombe v Northampton/Stourbridge

Watford v Burton Albion

Preston v Arsenal

Cardiff v Fulham

Stoke v Wolves

Cambridge Utd v Leeds

Bristol City v Shrewsbury/Fleetwood

Huddersfield v Port Vale

Tottenham v Aston Villa

Brentford v Halifax/Eastleigh

Bolton v Crystal Palace

Norwich v Southampton

Sutton Utd v AFC Wimbledon

Accrington v Luton

Rotherham v Oxford/Macclesfield

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