Sunderland were tonight paired with Arsenal in their opening tie of the FA Cup – just 48 hours after losing to the Gunners.
Sam Allardyce’s side will meet the holders in the third round on the weekend of January 8-11.
Given Arsene Wenger’s team are the defending champions, it is likely to be one of the TV fixtures that weekend.
Sunderland will relish the contest after performing so well at the Emirates on Saturday.
Mesut Ozil set up Joel Campbell to put Arsenal ahead before Olivier Giroud’s OG put Sunderland level.
Giroud made amends with a header to regain the lead but the Black Cats had their chances before Aaron Ramsey scrambled a late third for the hosts.
Sunderland reached the fifth round last season, Gus Poyet’s side winning against Championship opposition, Leeds (1-0) and Fulham (3-1) before being dumped out by cup giant killers Bradford City 2-0 at Valley Parade.
Newcastle United were also given an all-Premier League tie, at Watford.
United have a wretched recent record in the FA Cup, but Steve McClaren and his players have been buoyed by yesterday’s stunning 2-0 win against Liverpool.
Newcastle lost at home to the Hornets earlier in the season, two first-half goals by Odion Igalho setting up a 2-1 win, with Daryl Janmaat on target for the Magpies after the break.
Middlesbrough have a home tie against fellow Championship promotion hopefuls Burnley.
Hartlepool United, in the third round for the first time in six years. will host Championship high fliers Derby County if they get past Salford City in their third-round replay.
FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW
Watford v Newcastle
West Brom v Bristol City
West Ham v Wolves
Salford or Hartlepool v Derby
Exeter v Liverpool
Tottenham v Leicester
Colchester v Charlton
Peterborough v Preston
Northampton v MK Dons
Arsenal v Sunderland
Newport v Blackburn
Ipswich v Portsmouth
Birmingham v Bournemouth
Wycombe v Aston Villa
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Oxford v Swansea
Brentford v Chesterfield or Walsall
Bury v Bradford
Manchester United v Sheffield United
Everton v Dagenham or Whitehawk
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Eastleigh v Bolton
Nottingham Forest v QPR
Carlisle v Yeovil
Chelsea v Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe
Doncaster v Stoke
Leeds v Rotherham
Cardiff v Grimsby or Shrewsbury
Huddersfield v Reading
Middlesbrough v Burnley
Norwich v Manchester City
Hull v Brighton
Ties to be played between January 8 and 11