Football: FA Cup hots up with Liverpool-Everton derby draw

Football: FA Cup hots up with Liverpool-Everton derby draw

Liverpool - who beat Everton in the 2012 semi-final, their last FA Cup meeting - also host their struggling neighbours in the Premier League next Sunday.

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Liverpool will host city rivals Everton for the second time inside a month when they face-off in the third round of the FA Cup in early January after the draw was made on Monday.

LONDON: Liverpool will host city rivals Everton for the second time inside a month when they face-off in the third round of the FA Cup in early January after the draw was made on Monday (Dec 4).

Liverpool - who beat Everton in the 2012 semi-final, their last FA Cup meeting - also host their struggling neighbours in the Premier League next Sunday.

Everton have had a torrid time in the Premier League so far this season and failed to progress to the knockout stages in the Europa League, although they have the survival specialist Sam Allardyce now installed as manager.

Adding extra spice is a tense relationship between Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Allardyce, with the latter making disparaging remarks about the German in the past.

Klopp, though, offered an olive branch last week, wishing Allardyce - who has brought in former Liverpool midfielder and coach Sammy Lee onto his staff - well in his new job.

Liverpool have beaten Everton on both the occasions they have met in the final in 1986 and 1989.

Their overall head to head FA Cup record has seen them clash on 23 occasions, with Liverpool winning 10, Everton seven, and six draws.

Elsewhere, holders Arsenal's first challenge is an away trip to second tier Nottingham Forest while Premier League leaders Manchester City face a potentially tricky home tie with Burnley.

Arsenal are not the only Premier League giant to face second tier opposition with Manchester United at home to Derby County and last season's beaten finalists Chelsea away at Norwich.

Several Premier League sides could fall prey to giant killing exploits.

Inconsistent Southampton travel to Fulham, and struggling West Ham and Swansea are away at third tier highflyers Shrewsbury and Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively.

Draw (Ties to be played Jan 5-7):

Ipswich vs Sheffield United

Watford vs Bristol City

Birmingham vs Burton

Liverpool vs Everton

Brighton vs Crystal Palace

Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough

Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan

Coventry vs Stoke

Newport vs Leeds

Bolton vs Huddersfield

Port Vale or Yeovil vs Bradford

Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal

Brentford vs Notts County

QPR vs MK Dons

Manchester United vs Derby

Forest Green or Exeter vs West Brom

Doncaster vs Rochdale

Tottenham vs AFC Wimbledon

Middlesbrough vs Sunderland

Fleetwood or Hereford vs Leicester

Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull

Cardiff vs Mansfield

Manchester City vs Burnley

Shrewsbury vs West Ham

Wolves vs Swansea

Stevenage vs Reading

Newcastle vs Luton

Millwall vs Barnsley

Fulham vs Southampton

Wycombe vs Preston

Norwich vs Chelsea

Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday

Source: AFP/de

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