x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Chelsea to face Watford in London clash

The FA Cup holders Chelsea will kick off the defence of their FA Cup trophy with a home tie against Watford.

The FA Cup holders Chelsea will kick off the defence of their trophy with a home tie against Watford after the Londoners were drawn together in the third round. Ten-time winners Arsenal will travel to London rivals West Ham in what looks the tie of the round. Gianfranco Zola's side host the Gunners, who last lifted the trophy in 2005 and have not picked up any silverware since. Rafa Benitez's Liverpool travel to Championship outfit Reading.

Should non-league Kettering overcome Leeds in their second-round replay, a trip to Manchester United awaits. Aston Villa host Blackburn in one of three all-Premier League ties.The other, aside from West Ham-Arsenal, is Hull City's trip to Wigan Athletic. Other intriguing ties see Manchester City travel to Middlesbrough, Tottenham host Peterborough United, and League One outfit Carlisle drawn away to Everton.

Blue Square South side, Staines Town, the lowest team left in the competition from the sixth tier of English football, could host Derby County if they see off Millwall in their second round replay. * With agencies