Norwich City land FA Cup away tie at Preston

Norwich City's Declan Rudd spent a season on loan at FA Cup opponents Preston. Photo: Nigel French/P

Norwich City's Declan Rudd spent a season on loan at FA Cup opponents Preston. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Norwich City must travel to League One promotion hopefuls Preston North End in the FA Cup third round.

The Canaries were the penultimate tie in Monday evening's draw as the Premier League and Championship clubs entered the world famous cup competition.

Neil Adams' squad will travel to Deepdale to face the two-time former winners in the third round, with ties scheduled to be played between January 3 and January 6.

Simon Grayson's Lilywhites are currently fourth in League One, two points behind Bristol City, after reaching last season's play-offs, where City's back-up keeper Declan Rudd made 46 league appearances for North End during a season-long loan stint.

Preston beat non-league Havant and Waterlooville 3-0 in this season's first round before booking their place in Monday's draw with a 1-0 second round home win over City's League Cup conquerors Shrewsbury.


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'We would have preferred a home tie and it will be a tough game, but we're confident of getting a result,' Adams told the club's official site. 'Preston will see it as a chance to topple a Championship side, but we'll take the game seriously because we'd like to go as far as we can in the FA Cup.'

In other notable third round ties, Arsenal will host fellow Premier League rivals Hull City in a repeat of last season's Wembley final. Non-league Gateshead travel to top flight West Brom while Dover Athletic host Premier League Crystal Palace. Northern Premier League Blyth Spartans reward for beating League Two Hartlepool is a home tie against Championship club Birmingham.

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League Two AFC Wimbledon - in the third round for the first time in their 12-year history - will host Liverpool in a match which will have many reminiscing about the 1988 final, won by the original Wimbledon.

Chelsea, the Premier League leaders and FA Cup winners in four of the last eight seasons, will host Watford of the Championship. Louis van Gaal's Manchester United must go to either Accrington or Yeovil, who first play in a second-round replay. Manchester City, the 2011 winners, play at home to Sheffield Wednesday. There are six confirmed all-Championship ties, with the Lancashire derby between Bolton and 2013 winners Wigan the pick.

• 2014/15 FA Cup third round draw

Arsenal v Hull City

Southampton v Ipswich

Stoke v Wrexham

Charlton v Blackburn

Dover v Crystal Palace

AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool

Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday

Aldershot/Rochdale v Nottingham Forest

West Brom v Gateshead

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham

Aston Villa v Blackpool

Rotherham v Bournemouth

Huddersfield v Reading

Oxford/Tranmere v Swansea

Cardiff v Colchester

Bolton v Wigan

Sunderland v Leeds

Burnley v Tottenham

Millwall v Bradford

Derby v Southport

Brentford v Brighton

Fulham v Wolves

Leicester v Newcastle

Scunthorpe/Worcester v Chesterfield

Everton v West Ham

Cambridge/Mansfield v Bury/Luton

Chelsea v Watford

Barnsley/Chester v Middlesbrough

QPR v Sheffield United

Accrington/Yeovil v Manchester United

Preston v Norwich

Doncaster v Bristol City

Ties to be played across the weekend beginning January 3.

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