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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Chelsea begin defence at Saints

ESPN staff

Chelsea will begin the defence of their FA Cup with a tricky away tie at fellow Premier League club Southampton.

Rafael Benitez's side is in desperate form, having not won a top flight game in eight attempts, and are staring at a group stage exit in the Champions League, which they won last season.

Manchester United also face a difficult away trip, heading to Upton Park to face West Ham, who beat Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Premier League champions Manchester City start their quest to win the FA Cup for the second time in three years with a home tie to Gianfranco Zola's Watford.

Mansfield Town face a glamour tie at home to Liverpool, while Tottenham host Coventry in a repeat of the 1987 final.

Newcastle travel to Brighton trying to avenge their defeat in the fourth round last season, while Everton will play Cheltenham.




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