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FA Cup Fourth Round draw: Premier League teams get lower league opponents

Jan 5, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

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It was a draw with little to savor as we found ourselves with just one potential Premier League matchup.

Chelsea would get the chance for revenge, hosting Stoke City at Stamford Bridge if they can get through Derby County today.

Otherwise, every Premier League team still in the competition drew lower-league opponents as Arsenal picked up League One Coventry City, Everton will travel south to Stevenage who are bottom of League One, Cardiff City get Bolton, and a host of other possibilities dot the landscape.

The FA Cup’s tradition of drawing on Sunday also complicated things a bit.

With fixtures yet to be played today and a number of replays secured yesterday, we won’t know until the January 14th replays are completed what all the fourth round matchups will look like.

Also, one bit of clarification, we haven’t even finished the second round yet, which is why the Manchester United/Swansea winners have three different clubs to choose from. Crawley Town and Bristol Rovers had their match postponed due to heavy rain.  They will make it up on Wednesday.

Premier League clubs:

Chelsea vs. Stoke City
Birmingham City/Bristol Rovers/Crawley vs. Manchester United/Swansea
Arsenal vs. Coventry City
Blackburn/Manchester City vs. Bristol City/Watford
Bournemouth/Burton Albion vs. Liverpool/Oldham Athletic
Sunderland vs. Kiddermister/Peterborough
Bolton vs. Cardiff City
Southampton vs. Yeovil
Southend vs. Hull City
Stevenage vs. Everton
Wigan/MK Dons vs. Crystal Palace
Sheffield United vs. Norwich/Fulham

Other matchups:

Huddersfield Town vs. Charlton Athletic/Oxford United
Port Vale/Plymouth vs. Brighton Hove & Albion
Nottingham Forest vs. Ipswich Town/Preston North End
Rochdale vs. Macclesfield/Sheffield Wednesday

  1. stewccfc - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Prosoccer talk? This the magic of the FA Cup. This is thee chance for smaller clubs to pull off giant killings. You realy shoukd research the history of the FA Cup before you quote “little to savor” try looking at youtube for 1987 when Spurs lost to Coventry City…..just for starters.

    • thedeadlockvictim - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Exactly. That last half hour of Oldham-Liverpool last year made for one of the most tense matches I’ve watched. Plenty of opportunities to watch Premier League vs Premier League matches in the later rounds.

  2. ccfcok - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    This one has everything to savor, giant killers in waiting. The only positive I see in having Premier vs. Premier match ups is that we know one of them will be gone, leaving more room for the little guys.

    Stewccfc, fellow Cov fan? Citing 1987 Tottenham vs. Cov, isn’t really right though as both were 1st Division clubs at the time.

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