The annual knock-out cup competition of English football is ready for the fourth round of battle. Today, the FA Cup fourth round draw took place. Current champion and twelve times FA Cup champion Arsenal will face the Burnley at Emirates, while Crystal Palace will battle against the Stoke for next round. Manchester United will face Derby and have high chances to move to next round while their city rivals, Manchester City might face Aston Villa or Wycombe.
FA Cup is an annual knock-out cup competition played each year among all the English League teams. Last year league champion Chelsea will face one among the Northampton or MK Dons. After a dreadful first half of the season blues are ready to win the cup under their new coach Guus Hiddink. Chelsea young mid-fielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has branded the FA Cup ‘a competition we’ve got to win’.
Liverpool will host West Ham it they can overcome against Exeter City in replay round. West Ham chairman David Sullivan said: “Liverpool away is not ideal but it’s certainly not impossible. I’d love Exeter but the odds have to be stacked very much in the Premier League team’s favour.”
The winner of the third round replay between high flying Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City, who drew 2-2 on Sunday, will travel to Colchester United.
As Arsenal have won the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015 and are looking for more glory in competition this season. Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger urges that they are ready and will do everything to retain the cup this year again. He said “Once you’re on a roll, you can rotate if you don’t have any injuries. Everybody is mentally focused to pull in the same direction. It’s easier to keep everybody on board because you always have the next competition, and everybody thinks ‘”I have a chance to play”.
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On fourth round draw Peterborough United manager Graham Westley has said “When I know who we are playing I will give it some more thought, but until then I will concentrate on our League One form” He added “The draw is what it is, we can’t change it, and we will try and find a way to beat whichever team we end up competing against. I will try and get to the replay next week to see what we could be up against.”
If West Bromshire win their third round replay in Bristol next week it will be the third time in eight years that Peterborough have faced them in an FA Cup tie.
Third round draw replay matches will take place before fourth round. All the matches for fourth round will be played between 29 January and 1 February, 2016.
FA Cup complete fourth round draw –
- Arsenal vs Burnley
- Bury/Bradford City vs Hull City
- Carlisle/Yeovil vs Everton
- Colchester vs Tottenham/Leicester
- Crystal Palace vs Stoke City
- Derby vs Manchester United
- Eastleigh/Bolton vs Leeds United
- Exeter City/Liverpool vs West Ham
- Huddersfield/Reading vs Walsall
- Ipswich/Portsmouth vs Bournemouth
- Northampton/MK Dons vs Chelsea
- Nottingham Forest vs Watford
- Oxford United vs Newport County/Blackburn
- Shrewsbury vs Sheffield Wednesday
- West Bromwich/Bristol City vs Peterborough
- Wycombe/Aston Villa vs Manchester City