FA Cup fourth round draw: Manchester City vs Arsenal likely, United host Reading
The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup took place on Sunday evening ahead of the third round clash between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.
The winners of the tie are likely to face Arsenal, who play Oxford on Monday.
Should City and Arsenal move forward, both sides will face each other twice in the space of just over two weeks as they are embroiled in the Premier League title fight.
Top of the table collides with cards
The Gunners are 5 points ahead of the top and will play host to the reigning champions on February 15e in the Emirates in what promises to be a delightful clash.
Manchester United, who rushed past Everton 3-1 in the third round on Friday, welcome Reading under the management of former player Paul Ince. Eric ten Hag’s team is in great shape and should be the favorite to push through.
Tottenham Hotspur were far from their best in their 1-0 win over League One side Portsmouth will travel to Preston. Harry Kane scored the winner for Spurs, equaling Jimmy Greaves’ all-time goalscoring record of 265 for the North London side.
Brighton take on the winners of Liverpool and Wolves, who drew 2-2 at Anfield on Saturday night. Liverpool, the league holders who have struggled this season, will try to avoid an early exit when they travel to Wolves for the replay.
Fulham and Leicester City, who both managed to avoid possible banana peels on Saturday, will face Sunderland and Walsall respectively. Struggling Southampton, who are bottom of the table in the Premier League standings, will play host to champion wrestlers Blackpool.
David Moyes’ West Ham United, who needed a late goal from Said Benrahma to knock out fellow Premier League side Brentford, travel to Derby County.
Surprise package Wrexham, who won a seven-goal thriller 4-3 at Coventry, will play host to Championship side Sheffield United this season, who are chasing promotion in the Premier League this season.
Considering the massive Wrexham murder over the weekend, the non-league side will try to rise above their weight again.
Fourth round draw
The fourth round of the FA Cup is played on the last weekend in January.
Below is the full draw:
- Preston North End v Tottenham Hotspur
- Southampton v Blackpool
- Wrexham v Sheffield United
- Ipswich Town v Burnley
- Manchester United against Reading
- Luton of Wigan vs Grimsby Town
- Derby County v West Ham United
- Stoke City vs Aston Villa or Stevenage
- Blackburn Rovers v Forest Green of Birmingham
- Walsall against Leicester City
- Sheffield Wednesday v Fleetwood Town
- Manchester City or Chelsea versus Oxford or Arsenal
- Bristol City of Swansea vs Chesterfield of West Brom
- Brighton vs Liverpool or Wolves
- Fulham vs Sunderland
- Boreham Wood or Accrington Stanley against Cardiff or Leeds United
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