Leeds United: Whites to play Birmingham City in FA Cup UPDATED

Leeds will take on Birmingham.
Leeds will take on Birmingham.
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In-form Leeds United have been handed ample opportunity for revenge after being drawn at home to Birmingham City in the third round of the FA Cup in January.

Lee Clark’s Blues are enduring a miserable season but recorded a 1-0 success at Elland Road back in October when Leroy Lita got the only goal of the game 14 minutes from time.

That defeat came in the midst of a torrid run for Neil Warnock’s side who failed to win in seven league games.

However, following confirmation of the club’s takeover, the Whites have since turned the corner with a vengeance with Saturday’s fantastic 4-2 derby success at Huddersfield Town making it three Championship success on the bounce.

The victory propelled Leeds up to tenth in the table but Birmingham on the other hand are loitering down in 19th and with the Blues only nine points off the drop zone.

The St Andrews outfit were knocked out at the fifth round stage by Chelsea last year after losing 2-0 following a replay.

In being paired with Birmingham at Elland Road, United have landed their sixth successive home cup draw of the season following Capital One Cup ties with Shrewsbury, Oxford United, Everton, Southampton and Chelsea who the Whites meet in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, December 19.

Elsewhere, Saturday’s Whites victims Huddersfield Town have also been handed an all-Championship tie at Charlton Athletic. Another all second tier tie takes sees Barnsley entertaining Burnley.

Hull City have been handed a home game against Leyton Orient with Sheffield Wednesday hosting MK Dons with Sheffield United travelling to Accrington Stanley or Oxford United.

Harrogate Town will travel to Middlesbrough should they come through their replay at Hastings United – the lowest ranked side left in the competition.

Rotherham United will head south to Aldershot should they overcome Notts County in their replay while Bradford City’s reward for seeing off Brentford at the second attempt will be a trip to Bury or Southend.

A tie highly likely to be televised will be Liverpool’s trip to either Lincoln City who Mansfield Town who must do battle again after Saturday’s 3-3 draw.

In other notable fixtures, Rafa Benitez’s out-of-sorts Chelsea will travel to Southampton while West Ham will meet Manchester United at Upton Park.

The draw also threw up a repeat of the 1987 final between Tottenham and Coventry.

The Sky Blues famously beat Spurs 3-2 after extra-time which included a stunning Keith Houchen diving header.

Newcastle have the chance to avenge last season’s loss to Brighton, Aston Villa are at home to Ipswich and Manchester City take on Watford.

Arsenal’s last trophy was the 2005 FA Cup, but the first stop in their quest to win it again will be Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, the side who beat them 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in the league on Saturday.

FA Cup third round draw: Crystal Palace v Stoke City, Brighton v Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur v Coventry City, Wigan Athletic v AFC Bournemouth, Fulham v Blackpool, Aston Villa v Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic v Huddersfield Town, Barrow or Macclesfield Town v Cardiff City, Barnsley v Burnley, Manchester City v Watford, Swansea City v Arsenal, Leicester City v Burton Albion, Millwall v Preston North End, Cheltenham Town or Hereford United v Everton, Derby County v Tranmere Rovers, Crawley Town v Reading, Aldershot Town v Rotherham United or Notts County, Middlesbrough v Harrogate Town or Hastings United, Accrington Stanley or Oxford United v Sheffield United, Southampton v Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion, Peterborough United v Norwich City, Lincoln City or Mansfield Town v Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland, Nottingham Forest v Oldham Athletic, West Ham United v Manchester United, Hull City v Alfreton Town or Leyton Orient, Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City, Leeds United v Birmingham City, Bury or Southend United v Bradford City or Brentford, Luton Town v Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons.

All ties will be played the weekend of January 5-6.

Paul Heckingbottom.

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