Chelsea to face Derby County in the FA Cup

Shaun Botterill

Although most eyes are on the Arsenal vs. Everton game, today we also get the pleasure of finding out who's been matched up in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. The third round is where the Premier League sides come in, which means it's our first chance to see Chelsea in a competition we've dominated over the past few years. We're not going to get to play at Stamford Bridge just yet, however: The Blues have been drawn away to Derby County, and they'll visit Pride Park in the first weekend of the new year.

This isn't a trivial game -- Derby are currently 4th place in the Championship, and although Chelsea should win comfortably it's not as though it's a guarantee. But it should be a fun one nonetheless. We haven't faced off against the Rams since they were last in the Premier League, and there some interesting new faces (look out for Will Hughes in particular) that Chelsea supporters will be getting to see for the first time.

Here's the full draw, if you're curious:

Barnsley vs. Hartlepool or Coventry
Yeovil Town vs. Leyton Orient
Liverpool vs. Oldham or Mansfield
Nottingham Forest vs. West Ham United
Bristol City vs. Watford
Southend United vs. Millwall
Middlesborough vs. Hull City
West Bromwich Albion vs. Crystal Palace
Kidderminster vs. Peterborough United
Doncaster Rovers vs. Stevenage
Stoke City vs. Leicester City
Southampton vs. Burnley
Newcastle United vs. Cardiff City
Rochdale vs. Leeds United
Wigan Athletic vs. MK Dons
Manchester United vs. Swansea City
Charlton Athletic vs. Wrexham or Oxford United
Port Vale vs. Plymouth Argyle
Norwich City vs. Fulham
Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United
Macclesfield Town vs. Sheffield Wednesday
Sunderland vs. Carlisle United
Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester City
Bolton Wanderers vs. Blackpool
Everton vs. Queens Park Rangers
Brighton vs. Reading
Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Birmingham City vs. Bristol Rovers or Crawley Town
Grimsby Town vs. Huddersfield Town
Derby County vs. Chelsea
Ipswich Town vs. Preston North End
Bornemouth vs. Fleetwood or Burton Albion

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