The draw for the FA cup fourth round was announced on Monday 5th January – and there are some real exciting ties for the lower leagues clubs such as our very own Bradford City and Cambridge United. The Bantams who were involved in an epic 3-3 draw against Millwall on Saturday 3rd January will have to replay their third tie at Valley Parade – but if they win their replay, premier league giants and current league leaders Chelsea await in a potential money spinning tie at Stamford Bridge. The Blues overcame a stubborn Watford side in round three but it was only until a brilliant strike from Willian which allowed the early shackles to be broken in what turned out to be a comfortable win the end.
League Two outfit Cambridge who are the lowest ranked team in the tournament have been rewarded for beating League Two rivals Luton and will face 11 times winners Manchester United at home, in what will be the biggest game in the East Anglian sides history . As for United, they left it late to defeat League One outfit Yeovil in round three to book their place in round four.
Holders Arsenal who easily swept aside last years finalists Hull in round three in what was a repeat of last years final, will face Brighton in round four . Championship side Brighton who are now managed by former Tottenham assistant Chris Hughton defeated Championship high flyers Brentford 2-0 to set up one of the biggest home games in the Seagulls’ recent history.
Eighteen time English champions Liverpool overcame a ‘banana skin’ tie against AFC Wimbledon to progress to round four, which was largely down to ‘captain marvel’ Steven Gerrard who grabbed a brace as Liverpool edged this one 2-1. It’s such a shame that the Liverpool skipper will be leaving for LA Galaxy come the end of the season, the Reds have a home time against Championship side Bolton who have seen a resurgence under new boss Neil Lennon. The Reds will be hoping for an easier tie in round four – but Neil Lennon’s Trotters will be no pushovers.
Manchester City who were winners of the FA cup in 2011 face another Championship side in Aitor Karanka’s high flying Middlesborough in round four. The Blues just about overcame a plucky Sheffield Wednesday in injury time in round three to set up this tie with the North East club in round four. As for Middlesborough they safely booked their place in round four with a comfortable 2-0 away against Barnsley.
Fellow Championship high flyers Bournemouth take on premier league strugglers Aston Villa, a potential giant killing is definitely on the cards here. The South coast side who currently top the championship and who also have the best attack in all four English divisions, impressively dispatched of Championship rivals Rotherham in what was a brilliant away performance in round three with a 5-1 mauling . Villa in contrast narrowly edged out Championship strugglers Blackpool 1-0 in round three. The fourth round ties will be played on the 24th and 25th January.
The full draw for the FA cup Fourth Round:
Cambridge United Vs Manchester United
Chelsea Vs Millwall or Bradford City
Preston NE VS Sheffield United
Aston Villa VS AFC Bournemouth
Liverpool VS Bolton
Brighton & HA VS Arsenal
Sunderland VS Fulham or Wolves
Manchester City VS Middlesborough
Rochdale VS Stoke City
Derby County VS Scunthorpe or Chesterfield
Cardiff City Vs Reading
Birmingham City VS West Brom
Blackburn Rovers VS Swansea City
Burnley or Tottenham VS Leicester City
Doncaster Rovers or Bristol City VS Everton or West Ham