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The FA Cup draw has once again been unkind to West Ham United, with Manchester City drawn at home.

Eastleigh FC v Swindon Town - The Emirates FA Cup First Round Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

West Ham United are set to face Manchester City at home in the Emirates FA Cup third round as Ian Wright hands his former club the most difficult tie of the competition.

Negativity is a horrible thing, especially in a time where the club need as little of it as possible. However, for anyone that potentially forgot what happened the last time West Ham and Manchester City met in a cup competition - it might provoke a negative reaction.

Wednesday, 8th January 2016 - Capital One cup semi-final, first leg at The Etihad.

In a week that saw West Ham knocked out of the FA Cup by way of an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Nottingham Forrest, it gave big Sam Allardyce the chance to redeem himself against a tough City side who'd lost one game at home all season, to Bayern Munich nonetheless.

Cue the 6-0 whitewash.

Tuesday, 21st January 2014 - Capital One cup semi-final, second leg at Upton Park.

In two week span that saw West Ham knocked out of the FA Cup by way of an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Nottingham Forrest, a 6-0 beat-down at the hands of Manchester City in the cup, it gave big Sam Allardyce the chance to redeem himself from the first leg and make it somewhat of a respectable score line.

Cue the 3-0 whitewash.

All joking aside, it hands Slaven Bilić and his men another tough test in the third round of the cup with a home draw against Manchester City, with some arguing that playing the tie at home is a setback, after the 5-1 capitulation against Arsenal at the London Stadium this weekend.

At a time where the club need as much respite as possible and for Bilić to silence the critics, the daunting task of making the fourth round of the cup seems highly unlikely.

However, with Pep Guardiola's men not performing at the level that's expected of them right now and some fresh new faces for West Ham in January, could they be looking at a cup upset?