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Chelsea drawn against Preston North End in FA Cup 3rd round

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Preston North End v Chelsea - FA Cup Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

We’re almost to the new year, and that means it’s almost time for the FA Cup. As always, we will be entering in the third round, with matches held the weekend of January 6-7.

And our opponents will be ... drumroll please ... Preston North End, currently of the Championship! The match will be at Stamford Bridge, which is nice.

This is a fixture rarely seen since the 1950s, with only a few Cup games between the sides in addition to a couple seasons shared in the old Second Division. We last played Preston in 2010, in the 4th round of the FA Cup, winning 2-0 on goals from Nicolas Anelka and Daniel Sturridge.

The draw for the FA Cup 3rd round in full, including a Tyne-Wear Derby, is as follows.

Hull City vs. Birmingham City
Newport County OR Barnet vs. Eastleigh OR Reading
Plymouth Argyle vs. Sutton United
Maidstone United vs. Stevenage OR Port Vale
Coventry City vs. Oxford United
Brentford vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Chelsea vs. Preston North End
QPR vs. Bournemouth
Gillingham vs. Sheffield United
Swansea City vs. Morecambe
Manchester City vs. Huddersfield Town
Blackburn Rovers vs. Cambridge United
Nottingham Forest vs. Blackpool OR Forest Green Rovers
Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester United
Crystal Palace vs. Everton
Middlesbrough vs. Aston Villa
Sunderland vs. Newcastle United
Sheffield Wednesday vs. Cardiff City
Millwall vs. Leicester CIty
Watford vs. Chesterfield OR Leyton Orient
AFC Wimbledon OR Ramsgate vs. Ipswich Town
Peterborough United vs. Leeds United
West Bromwich Albion vs. Aldershot OR Stockport County
Southampton vs. Alfreton Town OR Walsall
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley
Fulham vs. Rotherham United
Norwich City vs. Crewe OR Bristol Rovers
West Ham vs. Bristol City
Arsenal vs. Liverpool
Stoke City vs. Brighton and Hove Albion
Luton Town vs. Bolton Wanderers
Shrewsbury Town vs. Wrexham OR Yeovil Town

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