THE DRAW for the FA Cup third round took place in Cardiff on Monday night. Jordan Eyre takes a look at who Quays’ local teams will face in the next round of the competition…

Salford City will head to Hartlepool United for an FA Cup replay buoyed by the incentive of hosting Derby County in the third round.

The Ammies have knocked out League Two side Notts County at Moor Lane already this season, and will be keen to inflict the same outcome on the Pools next week when they head to Victoria Park on December 15.

If they do so, the prospect of another giant-killing in front of home supporters could well be on the cards as Paul Clement’s Rams come to town.

Headed by management duo Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, Salford are the lowest ranked team left in the competition but have become the story of this season’s FA Cup so far. A win over a side six tiers above them in the football pyramid would only extend the fairytale even more.

Elsewhere, Manchester City will travel to East Anglia to take on Norwich City at Carrow Road in one of five all-Premier League ties. The Blues saw off the Canaries on the way to their 1981 cup success, winning 6-0 in the fourth round. Manuel Pellegrini would welcome a repeat of both scoreline and eventual cup triumph.

Back in Manchester, Louis van Gaal’s United will host Nigel Adkins’ Sheffield United. The Reds are 11-time winners of the famous competition, but last lifted the cup in 2004. They made the final two years later but lost out Arsenal on penalties, so supporters would relish a strong run in the cup to claim their first piece of major silverware in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley will be making a trip to Teeside after being drawn against fellow Championship pacesetters Middlesbrough. Both are making great strides in the league and will be keen to enjoy a run in the cup to sustain momentum. It will also be the second time inside a month the Clarets will make the trip further North – they head to the Riverside for a league encounter on December 15.

Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers face a lengthy journey across the border to League Two side Newport County at Rodney Parade. Paul Lambert has given the team fresh impetus since taking the reigns in November, but may not be fielding a full-strength side for the trip – Lambert has previously drawn criticism for openly dismissing the importance of the cup while at Aston Villa.

Struggling Bolton Wanderers will take part in one of the third round’s more intriguing ties, as they head to Conference side Eastleigh. The Trotters have endured a torrid season so far, and so the Championship’s bottom side may welcome the distraction of a cup tie. The club will be keen to secure new investors by the new year, something which could trigger a turnaround in fortunes.

League One outfit Bury will face Bradford City at Gigg Lane, keen to make amends for their slender 2-1 defeat at Valley Parade in October. The Shakers have already knocked out fellow Greater Manchester sides Wigan Athletic and Rochdale, but will be wary of Phil Parkinson’s men, who had enjoyed a fruitful cup run last season – including a 4-2 win at Chelsea.

Full list of FA Cup third round ties (to be played January 8-11):

Watford v Newcastle United

West Brom v Bristol City

West Ham v Wolves

Salford City/Hartlepool v Derby County

Exeter City v Liverpool

Spurs v Leicester City

Colchester United v Charlton Athletic

Peterborough United v Preston

Northampton Town MK Dons

Arsenal v Sunderland

Newport v Blackburn Rovers

Ipswich v Portsmouth

Birmingham City v Bournemouth

Wycombe v Aston Villa

Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham

Oxford United v Swansea City

Brentford v Chesterfield/Walsall

Bury v Bradford City

Manchester United v Sheffield United

Everton v Dagenham and Redbridge/Whitehawk

Southampton v Crystal Palace

Eastleigh v Bolton Wanderers

Nottingham Forest v QPR

Carlisle United v Yeovil Town

Chelsea v Leyton Orient/Scunthorpe

Doncaster v Stoke City

Leeds v Rotherham United

Cardiff City v Grimsby/Shrewsbury

Huddersfield v Reading

Middlesbrough v Burnley

Norwich v Manchester City

Hull City v Brighton

By Jordan Eyre

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