FA Cup Draw: 4th Round Fixtures and Dates Released


Manchester United, the defending champions, are set to be drawn against 2013 winners Wigan Athletic in the fourth round of the 2016-17 FA Cup.

Chelsea will host Championship side, Brentford, while Arsenal are to be paired either with Norwich or Southampton.

Manchester City could face Crystal Palace if Sam Allardyce’s team beat Bolton Wanderers in their third-round replay. Liverpool, who drew with Plymouth in their last round, will clash against Wolves, if they go on to beat the League Two side in the replay fixture.

The fourth round of the FA Cup is basically the last-32 stage of the competition, and all ties are scheduled to be played from 27-30 January.

Full list of Fourth-round fixtures:

Tottenham Hotspur v Wycombe Wanderers

Derby County v Leicester City

Oxford United v Newcastle United or Birmingham City

AFC Wimbledon or Sutton United v Leeds United

Plymouth Argyle or Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Southampton or Norwich City v Arsenal

Lincoln or Ipswich v Brighton

Chelsea v Brentford

Manchester United v Wigan Athletic

Millwall v Watford

Rochdale v Huddersfield Town

Burnley or Sunderland v Fleetwood Town or Bristol City

Blackburn Rovers v Barnsley or Blackpool

Fulham v Hull City

Middlesbrough v Accrington Stanley

Crystal Palace or Bolton v Manchester City

Of the 32 teams, the lowest-ranked side left are fifth-tier, Sutton United. They will take on Cambridge United or Leeds United in the next round, if they beat AFC Wimbledon in their third-round replay.

However, all eyes will be on Wigan, who are in wretched form at the moment, having lost six of their last eight games in all competitions. Nevertheless, Warren Joyce’s side will be looking to cause an upset when they visit Old Trafford later this month.

It will be an emotional return for Joyce, who spent eight years as academy and reserve coach at Carrington. Former United player, Ravel Morisson, could be involved in the game as well.

Arsenal were given a tough time by Preston North End in their last round, and needed a late goal from Olivier Giroud to secure their progress. Their north London rivals, Tottenham battled past Aston Villa to win 2-0.

The Gunners have won the competition 12 times, the joint-most successful club in the tournament’s history. Arsène Wenger will be hoping to progress smoothly to the last 16, as he chases an unprecedented seventh FA Cup win as a manager.

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