In a highly anticipated third-round clash of the FA Cup, Arsenal, boasting 14-time victories, is set to host eight-time champions Liverpool in January. This encounter comes in quick succession, as both teams are scheduled to face off in a league clash on December 23, intensifying the stakes of their FA Cup fixture.
Meanwhile, a riveting Tyne–Wear derby awaits as Newcastle United and Sunderland, with an even historic record of 53 wins each, prepare to battle at The Stadium of Light.
Reigning champions Manchester City are slated to face Huddersfield Town, and last season's FA Cup finalists, Manchester United, will take on 2013 champions Wigan Athletic.
The draw has also set the stage for compelling all-Premier League matchups, with Tottenham Hotspur hosting Burnley, Crystal Palace facing Everton at home, and Brentford confronting Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The third round marks the entry of Premier League and Championship (second tier) clubs into the competition, with matches scheduled to be played from January 5-8. Additionally, League Two side Wrexham, co-owned by Hollywood stars Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds, awaits a potential clash with Shrewsbury Town, pending their outcome against Yeovil Town in a second-round game.
The lowest-ranked team guaranteed a place in the third round, non-league Maidstone United, will host either Stevenage or Port Vale, both competing in League One. Chelsea, eight-time winners of the competition, is set to host second-tier Preston North End in another intriguing fixture.