Norwich City set to learn their FA Cup third round fate
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The draw for the third round of the FA Cup is being screened live this evening by BBC Two and BT Sport - with Norwich City ball number 29.
It is expected to take place at around 7.10pm during the build-up to the final second round tie between Slough Town and Rochdale.
The Canaries have bowed out of the competition at this stage in each of previous four seasons, although they did hold Premier League Southampton to a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road last term before losing the replay 1-0.
Their most recent victory came in the 2012-13 campaign when they won 3-0 at Peterborough before being humbled 1-0 at home by Luton Town, then a non-league side.
The chances of City facing minnows this time around are slim, with no non-league sides through to the last 64 yet, although Slough will be trying to change all that this evening, while Hereford FC, AFC Fylde and Woking all have replays to look forward to.
The third round will take place on the weekend of Saturday, January 6.
City’s last six third round draws...
2017 - home to Southampton (lost 1-0 in a replay at St Mary’s after 2-2 draw at Carrow Road)
Norwich City gave their Premier League opponents a bloody nose at Carrow Road as goals from Steven Whittaker and Steven Naismith cancelled out goals from Virgil Van Dijk and Maya Yoshida. The Canaries put in a dogged display in the replay on the south coast but Shane Long’s injury-time strike proved the difference.
2016 - home to Manchester City (lost 3-0)
The Canaries felt the full force of Manuel Pellegrini’s men with Sergio Aguero opening the scoring all too easily before Kelechi Iheanacho and Kevin Bruyne completed a routine win. It at least gave City the chance to concentrate on staying in the Premier League...which they didn’t.
2015 - away to Preston (lost 2-0)
Neil Adams’ final match in charge before the former City winger offered his resignation after just nine months in charge at Carrow Road. Paul Gallagher, on loan from Leicester City, struck with two late goals to start a chain of events that would end up with Norwich gaining promotion under Alex Neil at Wembley.
2014 - home to Fulham (drew 1-1 at Carrow Road before losing replay 3-0)
Robert Snodgrass’ strike earned a replay for City after they had gone behind to Darren Bent’s goal at Carrow Road. However, it proved to be yet another fruitless trip to Craven Cottage as goals from Bent, Ashkan Dejagah and Steve Sidwell saw off Chris Hughton’s men.
2013 - away to Peterborough (won 3-0)
This looked a banana skin for the Canaries but they proved far too good for Posh. Elliott Bennett, Simeon Jackson and Robert Snodgrass got the goals but City were to suffer the ignominy of being knocked out by non-league Luton Town in round four.
2012 - home to Burnley (won 4-1)
Paul Lambert’s men flexed their Premier League muscles, cruising to a comprehensive win against the Clarets courtesy of goals from Grant Holt, Simeon Jackson, Andrew Surman and Steve Morison. City almost threatened a cup run when they beat West Brom in the next round before David Nugent’s second-half goal knocked them out at the hands of Leicester City in round five.