The third round of the FA Cup has been brought to a close, and whilst it had a little bit of everything from upsets and penalty shootouts, to dominant Premier League performances. Its now time to look forward to the next round of fixtures and with that who each Premier League team have drawn, there’s huge clashes ahead as well as the potential for yet another set of upsets in this years edition of The FA Cup.
Full List of Premier League teams 4th Round Fixtures:
- Southampton or Shrewsbury Town v Arsenal
- Cheltenham Town v Manchester City
- Manchester United v Liverpool
- Chorley v Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackpool
- Wycombe Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur
- Fulham v Burnley
- Sheffield United v Plymouth Argyle
- Chelsea v Luton Town
- West Ham United v Doncaster Rovers
- Brentford v Leicester
- Everton v Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal – The defending FA Cup holders will face an away trip to either fellow Premier League side Southampton or currently in form Shrewsbury from League One. Either way, it looks to be a tough away fixture for the defending champions, especially if they draw Southampton and the returning Danny Ings.
Brighton – Despite playing a near full-strength eleven Brighton took the full 120 minutes and penalties to see off league two’s Newport County. Graham Potter will be hoping his team can learn from this, as they travel across most ofthe country to play lower-mid-table League One side Blackpool.
Burnley – Stumbling through on penalties against MK Dons after a bore draw, Dyche’s men will now travel down south to face fellow Premier League strugglers Fulham. At this point, it’s hard to see how this one will play out, with both teams likely focusing on their league performances instead.
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Chelsea – Arguably this weekends best performing side, Chelsea dismantled a Morecambe side that never had a chance. The London team played the League two side off the pitch with a dominant four-nil victory. Now coming up against Championship side Luton, Super Frank will have somewhat tougher opposition if he wants to see his side into the fifth round.
Everton – Another Prem side who needed extra time to see off lesser opposition, Everton fought hard to pick up a two-one win against Rotherham United. In the fourth round they will step it up a gear facing Championship bottom dwellers Sheffield Wednesday. Whilst on the surface this looks an easy path to the fifth round. Its never as clear cut in the FA Cup, especially with Ancelotti focusing on the League and the potential of European football coming to Goodison next season.
Fulham – Drawing fellow Premier League side Burnley this fixture could go either way. With both sides potentially wanting to preserve energy and fitness with such a jam-packed Premier League schedule. On the other hand, an arguably easy draw for the fifth round with Crawley or Bournemouth could inspire a big showing from either side.
Leicester – Some task ahead of Leicester as they go away to high flying Championship side Brentford. Surely full of confidence after embarrassing a Stoke side with a cool four-nil win, this is a definite step-up. Almost two years into Rodgers time at the Midlands club, is it time for his first trophy at the club?
Liverpool – One of football’s biggest rivalries will get one more page written on January 22nd as Liverpool go away to Manchester United. A real clash of the titans as Premier League champions and Premier League contenders meet in the FA Cup. The showcase match of this round it looks set to be a can’t miss affair.
Manchester City – Putting in a real masterclass of a performance against Birmingham, it was Bernardo ‘sublime’ Silva who made sure the game was as good as finished by half-time. Now facing an away trip to impressive League two outfit Cheltenham, its fair to say we expect more of the same. With the potential of two Championship sides in the fifth round, it looks like Pep could be on his way to FA Cup number two.
Manchester United – It’s been said that the best teams can win when not at their best, against Watford, Manchester United got by on this squeezing out a one-nil victory. When facing the behemoth that is Liverpool however it won’t be that easy, and United will have to be at their sparkling best. The Premier League’s top two teams will have even more added tension, falling just five days after their first league meeting.
Sheffield United – The team without a win in the Premier League managed to hold off not one but two Bristol Rovers comebacks, placing themselves into the fourth round. It was far from a vintage Wilder performance and now coming up against Plymouth Argyle, who have looked particularly comfortable of late in their return to League One could we see another upset?
Southampton – Having not secured their place in the fourth round yet due to COVID-19 postponement. Southampton now face the unprecedented fate of knowing their next three potential games in the FA Cup. Shrewsbury and then Arsenal are what lies ahead, for now. Shrewsbury should be pushed aside with little issues but Arsenal may not be as easy. The London side have been one of the best-performing sides in recent weeks, and look vastly superior to the side that was held to a draw by Southampton back in December.
Tottenham Hotspur – An away trip to Wycombe should be nothing more than a brief interlude for Spurs before they meet either Sheffield Wednesday or Everton in round five. Jose Mourinho is a serial winner and Wycombe are fighting for survival in the Championship sitting bottom. This one seems to be open and shut.
West Ham – A brilliant start to the season for David Moyes’ West Ham looks set to continue, as Doncaster Rovers make the trip down the A1 to the London Stadium. Whilst a late Craig Dawson goal may have been all that kept the Hammers away from extra-time against Stockport, its unlikely this happens again as we approach the business end of the tournament.
Wolves – The last Premier League side have drawn the lowest remaining team in the competition with Chorley F.C. Heading to the National League North side it looks likely this game will only go one way, with Chorley comfortably beating Derby though this is not set in stone. This writer for one, hopes we have another giant-killing on our hands, as the magic of the FA Cup continues.
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