Last night the draw was done for the fourth round of this year’s FA Cup with 16 Premier League teams still left in the competition
The draw took place before last nights game between Arsenal and Leeds. With 16 Premier League teams left in the competition, it was hopeful the draw would give us some exciting ties. However, this wasn’t the case which only makes the further rounds more anticipated.
In the third round, there were some great games though. Watford hosted League One Tranmere in what should have been a straight forward game for the Hornets. It started that way too and by the 34th minute, Watford were 3-0 up. It looked like a case of by how many would Watford win by but on the 65th minute Tranmere started their comeback and the game finished 3-3. Another shock result was at Rochdale. They hosted Newcastle and came back from 1-0 down to draw 1-1.
The biggest game of the third round was Liverpool vs Everton. The hosts for the first time in a long time weren’t the favourites. However, they managed to beat Everton 1-0 with a very young side thanks to a screamer by youngster Curtis Jones.
Fourth Round draw
The draw for the next round saw the two favourites, Liverpool and Man City get fairly easy draws. The current FA Cup holders drew Fulham in the next round and they are the Paddy Powers favourites to win it again this year at 15/8. Liverpool, the second-favourites at 7/2 have been drawn against either Bristol or Shrewsbury.
These should both be fairly straight forward games for Liverpool and Man City. City will want to win this as the Premier League seems like its heading to Liverpool now. Klopp’s side, on the other hand, won’t want to take and risks and will also want another Champions League trophy. They may rest players once again in the next round, but this worked well for them against Everton!
Man United faced Wolves and the game that should have been an exciting one finished 0-0. These sides will meet at Old Trafford for the replay with the winner playing Watford or Tranmere. Due to United not being through to the next round they are now priced at 16/1 which could be a great bet early on in the competition.
League Two Northampton who are the lowest-ranked team in the FA Cup still has been drawn at home against Championship Derby. Northampton are the highest priced team left in the competition at 500/1.
One interesting draw that has been made is Bristol Rovers or Coventry City v Birmingham City. Should Coventry get through they will be playing Birmingham at Birminghams ground. This is due to Coventry having to play there this season so Birmingham would be classed as the away team at their own stadium.
Even though there aren’t any huge draws in this round there are still some very interesting games and ones that could have huge impacts on clubs and managers seasons. The next round of games will take place between 24th-27th January.