Date: 29th August 2019 at 6:45am
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Following Villa’s emphatic 6-1 victory at Crewe on Tuesday evening, our opponents in the Third Round have been confirmed as fellow Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.

The tie will take place at the Amex Stadium in the week commencing 23rd September, subject to TV scheduling for that particular round. But with Villa away to Arsenal on Sunday 22nd, the likelihood is that the match will be played on Wednesday 25th September.

We’ve faced The Seagulls before in the FA Cup back in 1955, but this will be the first time the two sides have met in this cup competition. The last time we played Brighton in any competition was back in May 2017 as they celebrated their promotion to the Premier League, while our last trip to the Amex was in November 2016, with Glenn Murray cancelling out Nathan Baker’s opening goal in a 1-1 draw.

One Brighton fan took to Twitter to express relief at having drawn Villa, while another looked forward to welcoming the Claret and Blue Army to whip up some atmosphere:

Villa fans weren’t overly concerned by the draw, although one did speculate on some sleight of hand by Andy Hinchcliffe and Don Goodman in picking the only all-Premier League tie:

The full Third Round draw is as follows:

Wolves vs. Reading

Oxford vs. West Ham

Watford vs. Swansea

Brighton vs. Aston Villa

Sheffield United vs. Sunderland

Colchester vs. Tottenham

Portsmouth vs. Southampton

Burton vs. Bournemouth

Preston vs. Man City

MK Dons vs. Liverpool

Man Utd vs. Rochdale

Luton vs. Leicester

Chelsea vs. Macclesfield/Grimsby

Sheffield Wednesday vs. Everton

Arsenal vs. Nottingham Forest

Crawley vs. Stoke

For anyone looking to book coach travel down to the Amex…

Extended highlights of Villa’s win at Gresty Road, ICYMI:

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