Home tie is Norwich City’s chance of improving FA Cup record

Norwich City have been handed a home tie against Championship opposition as they bid to improve their dismal FA Cup record.

The Canaries, who have managed to get beyond the third round in only three of the last 16 seasons, will meet Burnley for the first time in the competition.

The game is scheduled to take place at Carrow Road on the weekend of January 7.

The Clarets tried to recruit City boss Paul Lambert as their new manager last January, eventually appointing Eddie Howe, from Bournemouth.

They were also one of the few sides to take four points off the Canaries in the Championship last season with a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road under Brian Laws, followed by a 2-1 win at Turf Moor after Howe had taken over.


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Burnley, currently 10th in the Championship, just five points off the play-offs, have won three successive matches after previously losing four in a row.

They won 2-1 against West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday, with former Norwich loan striker Sam Vokes on the scoresheet.

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Lambert told City’s official website: “Eddie Howe has stabilised things there and they are going well. They got a great win at West Ham on Saturday which is certainly no mean feat and just shows that Burnley are tough opposition.

“So it will be a tough game but at least we’re at home, which is the first thing you hope for. I’m sure we’ll get another good crowd at Carrow Road and it will be another big occasion for our supporters.

“I’ve said before that we go into every game and every competition looking to win and do as well as we possibly can. We will have to be on our toes against Burnley, that’s for sure, but it’s another game we’ll be looking forward to.”

The third round draw has paired top two Manchester City and Manchester United in a mouth-watering tie. City will welcome their arch-rivals to the Etihad Stadium still revelling in their 6-1 league triumph at Old Trafford in October.

The tie is one of only two all-Premier League matches, with Newcastle playing host to Blackburn in the other.

Arsenal are at home to Championship side Leeds in the third round for the second season in a row, while Conference side Tamworth’s reward for their 2-1 second round win at Gateshead is a trip top top-flight Everton.

Chelsea are at home to Portsmouth, who they beat in the 2010 final.

Troubled Ipswich Town will visit Hull City.

• Third round ties: Middlesbrough v Shrewsbury, Nottingham Forest v Leicester City, Manchester City v Manchester Utd, Dagenham & Redbridge or Walsall v Millwall, Crawley v Bristol City, Doncaster Rov v Sutton Utd or Notts Co, Bristol Rov v Aston Villa, Tottenham v Cheltenham, Sheffield Wed v West Ham, MK Dons v QPR, Hull City v Ipswich Town, Coventry City v Southampton, Brighton v Wrexham, Fulham v Charlton, Birmingham City v Wolves,

Norwich City v Burnley, Arsenal v Leeds, Derby v Crystal Palace, Fleetwood/Yeovil v Blackpool, Swindon Town v Wigan Athletic, Barnsley v Swansea City, Chelmsford/Macclesfield v Bolton, Newcastle Utd v Blackburn, Everton v Tamworth, Sheffield Utd v Salisbury/Grimsby, Liverpool v Southend/Oldham, Gillingham v Stoke City, Chelsea v Portsmouth, Watford v Bradford City, Peterborough Utd v Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion v Cardiff City, Reading v Stevenage

• Ties will be played on weekend of January 7-8.

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