Yeovil and Newport land elite opposition in fourth round
League Two sides Yeovil Town and Newport County were rewarded for third-round victories with home draws against Premier League sides Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
José Mourinho will take his side to Somerset to face Darren Way’s team, currently 21st in the fourth tier and the lowest-ranked team left in the competition. United faced Yeovil in the third round in 2015, winning 2-0 at Huish Park.
Newport County, who shocked Championship side Leeds on Sunday, will welcome eight-time FA Cup winners Tottenham to Rodney Parade. The two sides have not met competitively since a third-round fixture in January 1960.
The two other League Two sides to have sealed their fourth-round places – Notts County and Coventry City – received contrasting draws. Kevin Nolan’s County will host either Wolves or Swansea, but Mark Robins’ side were handed an underwhelming trip to MK Dons after eliminating Stoke.
Premier League leaders Manchester City could face fourth-tier Mansfield if the Stags win their replay with Cardiff, while Liverpool host West Brom and Watford travel to Southampton.
Chelsea will face Newcastle if they can see off Norwich in their third-round replay, and Nottingham Forest will visit Hull City after their win over Arsenal. Brighton face a long trip north to Tony Pulis’s Middlesbrough after their victory over Crystal Palace on Monday evening.
FA Cup fourth round draw
Liverpool v West Brom, Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester, Huddersfield v Birmingham, Notts County v Wolves or Swansea, Yeovil v Manchester United, Carlisle or Sheffield Weds v Stevenage or Reading, Cardiff or Mansfield v Manchester City, MK Dons v Coventry, Millwall v Rochdale, Southampton v Watford, Middlesbrough v Brighton, Bournemouth or Wigan v Shrewsbury or West Ham, Hull v Nottingham Forest, Newport County v Tottenham, Norwich or Chelsea v Newcastle, Sheffield United v Preston.
And there you have it – here’s the draw in full
Liverpool v West Brom
Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester
Huddersfield v Birmingham
Notts County v Wolves/Swansea
Yeovil v Manchester United
Carlisle/Sheffield Weds v Stevenage/Reading
Cardiff/Mansfield v Manchester City
MK Dons v Coventry
Millwall v Rochdale
Southampton v Watford
Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace
Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham
Hull v Nottingham Forest
Newport County v Spurs
Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle
Sheffield United v Preston
Some crackers there – we will enjoy them between 26-29 January.
Sheffield United v Preston. Tight Championship fare.
Norwich or Chelsea v Newcastle. Again, could be good.
Newport County v Spurs! What a draw this is turning out to be!
Hull v Nottingham Forest. Forest’s big reward.
Bournemouth or Wigan v Shrewsbury or West Ham. Clear as mud.
Middlesbrough v Brighton or Crystal Palace. Look what’s at stake tonight!
Southampton v Watford. Second-strings ahoy.
Millwall v Rochdale. Ok.
MK Dons v Coventry City. Ooooh, Coventry probably wanted something else.
Cardiff or Mansfield v Manchester City. Now that’s tasty too!
Carlisle United v Stevenage or Reading. Not quite as big a tie.
Yeovil Town v Manchester United! Yeovil are the lowest-ranked side left – what a tie!
Notts County v Wolves or Swansea – could be a good tie.
Huddersfield Town v Birmingham City, now.
Peterborough United v Fleetwood or Leicester is next.
The first fourth round tie is Liverpool v West Brom.
I’ll divulge the ties game by game – here we go …
And we’re close to the draw now – and sorry, actually it’s being made at Brighton, they just cut to the Ricoh to talk to a few Coventry team members. Today’s drawmeisters and Dennis Wise (home teams) and Rio Ferdinand (away teams).
They’re making the draw at the Ricoh Arena, which looks about as full as most matchdays. What a result for them on Saturday though – and their fans really deserve a great fourth round tie.
Fourteen Premier League teams are in the hat, including those taken to replays. We’ve had a decent sprinkling of upsets so far, but only Arsenal knocked out where the really big hitters are concerned. So there’s potential for some big ties here …
Roll up, roll up
It’s draw time! Who will your lot get? Who might they get if they win the replay?
We’ll know from about 7.10pm UK time. And the numbers you need to swear by are these:
- Sheffield United
- Birmingham City
- Brighton or Crystal Palace
- Bournemouth or Wigan
- Newport County
- Nottingham Forest
- Notts County
- MK Dons
- Manchester United
- West Brom
- Fleetwood or Leicester
- Cardiff or Mansfield
- Manchester City
- Shrewsbury or West Ham
- Wolves or Swansea
- Stevenage or Reading
- Norwich or Chelsea
- Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday
The fourth round ties will be played on the weekend of 26-29 January. It’ll be another four-day extravaganza like this one!
Nick will be here soon.
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