FA Cup 4th Round Draw

FA Cup Fourth Round Draw

A number of blockbuster ties are set to take place in the fourth round of this season’s FA Cup.

The FA Cup is English football’s most prestigious domestic cup competition and the oldest in Europe. The 2023/24 edition of the tournament is well underway with the third round behind us, with the draw for the fourth round taking place just before the tie between League One’s Wigan Athletic and the Premier League’s Manchester United at the DW Stadium on Monday evening.

Before we look ahead and look at the draw for the fourth round, let’s take a look back at some of the standout results from the third round of the FA Cup. Baring replays, the only Premier League sides to exit the competition were at the hands of fellow top flight teams.

Spurs were 1 – 0 winners at home against Burnley thanks to a Pedro Porro wonder goal in the second half (78’), whilst Liverpool were 2 – 0 winners at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal in the standout tie of the round. The Reds got on the scoresheet thanks to an own goal from Gunners defender Jakub Kiwior (80’) and a late goal in second half stoppage time from Luis Diaz (90+5’).

An all-Premier League clash between Brentford and Wolves ended in a 1 – 1 draw, whilst Fulham got the better of Championship side Rotherham United, beating the Millers 1 – 0. Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United were victorious in the Tyne-Wear Derby at the Stadium of Light, winning 3 – 0 in an intense match.

Bournemouth, flying high in the Premier League table, were 3 – 2 winners at Loftus Road against the Championship’s Queens Park Rangers.

Chelsea and Manchester City were emphatic winners in the third round against their second tier opponents. Firstly, the Blues were 4 – 0 winners against Preston North End, with Armando Broja (58’), Thiago Silva (66’), Raheem Sterling (69’) and Enzo Fernandez (85’) scoring the goals for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

As for Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens, they beat Huddersfield Town 5 – 0 at the Etihad Stadium. Phil Foden (33’, 65’), Julian Alvarez (37’) and Jeremy Doku (74’) were on the scoresheet of the home team, as was Terriers defender Ben Jackson, who scored an own goal (58’).

Their cross-city rivals Manchester United were also victorious after goals from Diogo Dalot (22’) and Bruno Fernandes (74’ – Penalty) secured them a comfortable 2 – 0 win against Wigan.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa made it into the fourth round for the first time since 2016 after beating Middlesbrough 1 – 0 at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday following a late goal from Poland international Matty Cash.

Finally, there was joy for Vanarama National League South side Maidstone United, who emerged as 1 – 0 winners against League One high flyers Stevenage at the Gallagher Stadium. The club from the sixth tier of English football triumphed after a Sam Corne penalty in first half stoppage time (45+2’).

The other results from the Third Round of the 2023/24 were as follows:

  • Crystal Palace (Premier League) 0 – 0 Everton (Premier League).
  • Coventry City (Championship) 6 – 2 Oxford United (League One).
  • Millwall (Championship) 2 – 3 Leicester City (Championship).
  • AFC Wimbledon (League Two) 1 – 3 Ipswich Town (Championship).
  • Watford (Championship) 2 – 1 Chesterfield (National League).
  • Stoke City (Championship) 2 – 4 Brighton & Hove Albion (Premier League).
  • Gillingham (League Two) 0 – 4 Sheffield United (Premier League).
  • Blackburn Rovers (Championship) 5 – 2 Cambridge United (League One).
  • Newport County (League Two) 1 – 1 Eastleigh (National League).
  • Norwich City (Championship) 1 – 1 Bristol Rovers (League One).
  • Plymouth Argyle (Championship) 3 – 1 Sutton United (League Two).
  • Southampton (Championship) 4 – 0 Walsall (League Two).
  • Hull City (Championship) 1 – 1 Birmingham City (Championship).
  • Sheffield Wednesday (Championship) 4 – 0 Cardiff City (Championship).
  • Swansea City (Championship) 2 – 0 Morecambe (League Two).
  • West Ham United (Premier League) 1 – 1 Bristol City (Championship).
  • Nottingham Forest (Premier League) 2 – 2 Blackpool (League One).
  • Luton Town (Premier League) 0 – 0 Bolton Wanderers (League One).
  • Peterborough United (League One) 0 – 3 Leeds United (Championship).
  • Shrewsbury Town (League One) 0 – 1 Wrexham (League Two).
  • West Bromwich Albion (Championship) 4 – 1 Aldershot Town (National League).

Now, let’s move on to the draw for the fourth round of the 2023/24 FA Cup. There are some blockbuster clashes, such as Tottenham and Manchester City coming face to face at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London and Chelsea meeting Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, Liverpool will play either the Championship’s Norwich City or League One’s Bristol Rovers, who are set to play a replay on Wednesday, 17th January 2024.

Let’s look at all the ties that will take place, starting with Spurs against Man City.

Spurs (Premier League) v Manchester City (Premier League) – 27th January 2024

As mentioned, this clash between Spurs and Manchester City is one of the top ties of the fourth round, with the two Premier League heavyweights facing off in North London at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. This FA Cup match is set to be played on Saturday 27th January 2024.

City are the holders of the FA Cup after beating Manchester United 2 – 1 at Wembley Stadium. This was their seventh win in the competition following victories in the 1904, 1934, 1956, 1969, 2011 and 2019 Finals.

As for Spurs, they have won this prestigious competition on eight occasions. Their FA Cup Final wins have come in 1901, 1921, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1981, 1982 and 1991.

Historically, Spurs and Manchester City have played against each other 14 times in the history of the FA Cup, which includes their first-ever meeting in this competition, where the North London side won 4 – 3 in the first round of that season’s FA Cup.

Overall, it is Spurs with the superior record of 6 FA Cup wins against Manchester City over the years. As for the Cityzens, they have 5 wins in this competition against Tottenham. There have been 3 draws.

The most recent FA Cup tie between these two clubs occurred on 4th February 2004, and in this 4th Round Replay, Manchester City were 4 – 3 winners at White Hart Lane in what was a thrilling game. Ledley King (2’), Robbie Keane (19’) and Christian Ziege (43’) scored for the home side, whilst it was Sylvian Distin (48’), Paul Bosvelt (61’), Shaun Wright-Phillips (80’) and Jon Macken who scored for the Cityzens that day.

Chelsea (Premier League) v Aston Villa (Premier League) – 27th January 2024

Another blockbuster fourth round clash will see Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea come face to face with an Aston Villa side led by Spanish Head Coach Unai Emery at Stamford Bridge on 27th January 2024.

Starting with the Blues, they have won the FA Cup on eight occasions: 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and most recently in 2018, when they were 1 – 0 winners against Manchester United thanks to an Eden Hazard penalty kick (22’).

As for Villa, they have also been prolific winners of this competition, with 7 wins to their name:

1887, 1895, 1897, 1905, 1913, 1920 and most recently in 1957 when they were 2 – 1 winners, also against Manchester United, with Peter McParland scoring both of Aston Villa’s goals (68’, 73’). Tommy Taylor scored United’s only goal of the game (83’).

Overall, Aston Villa has a superior record against Chelsea, with 5 wins in their 9 meetings in this competition. The Blues have 3 wins to date, with just one draw between them in the FA Cup so far.

The most recent FA Cup match between Chelsea and Villa took place on 10th April 2010 at Villa Park, where the visitors were comfortable 3 – 0 winners following goals from Didier Drogba (68’), Florent Malouda (89’) and Frank Lampard (90’).

Liverpool (Premier League) v Norwich City OR Bristol Rovers (Championship/League One) – 27th January 2024

Liverpool made it to the Fourth Round following a 2 – 0 win against Arsenal, and they will face either Championship promotion chasers Norwich City or Bristol Rovers, who have hopes of promotion from League One.

Norwich and Bristol Rovers drew 1 – 1 at Carrow Road in the third round, and Liverpool will learn which one of these two clubs will be their opponents in the FA Cup Fourth Round after the Canaries and The Gas face each other in a replay at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday 17th January 2024.

Liverpool are most certainly no strangers to winning the FA Cup with 8 wins: 1965, 1974, 1986, 1989, 1992, 2001, 2006 and in 2022. Their most recent FA Cup Final win was against Chelsea, who they beat 11 – 10 on penalties after the two heavyweights of the Premier League drew 0 – 0 after extra time.

Neither Norwich City or Bristol Rovers have won the FA Cup in their respective histories.

Liverpool have faced Norwich 7 times in this competition. Both have 3 wins to their name, with just 1 draw between them. The Reds were 2 – 1 winners in their most recent FA Cup clash, with Takumi Minamino scoring both goals in a 5th Round match. Lukas Rupp scored for the Canaries (76’).

The Reds have played against Bristol Rovers twice in the entire history of the FA Cup, with both ties taking place in February 1992. It was a 1 – 1 draw that saw a replay take place, where goals from Steve McManaman (50’) and Dean Saunders (77’) secured a 2 – 1 win at Anfield.

Newport County (League Two) OR Eastleigh (National League) v Manchester United (Premier League) – 27th January 2024 (H3)

Following the victory at the DW Stadium against League One club and 2013 FA Cup Winners Wigan Athletic, Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United will face either League Two side Newport County or National League club Eastleigh in the Fourth Round of the 2023/24 FA Cup. The tie will be played at either Rodney Parade or the Silverlake Stadium on Saturday, 27th January 2024.

Newport County and Eastleigh have yet to win the FA Cup in either club’s history. As for Manchester United, they have a tremendous history in this competition with 12 wins: 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004, and 2016.

The Red Devils were 2 – 1 winners after extra time against Crystal Palace in their most recent final win at Wembley thanks to goals from Juan Mata (81’) and Jesse Lingard (110’). Jason Puncheon scored the Eagles’ only goal that day (78’).

This will be Manchester United’s first ever competitive meeting against either Newport County or Eastleigh.

West Ham United OR Bristol City (Premier League/Championship) v Nottingham Forest OR Blackpool (Premier League/League One) – 27th January 2024

This particular tie has yet to be fully settled. If West Ham wins their replay against Championship club Bristol City, they will face the winner of the replay between Nottingham Forest and League One side Blackpool in the Fourth Round of the 2023/24 FA Cup at the London Stadium. The tie will be played on Saturday, 27th January 2024.

West Ham are three-time winners of the FA Cup, with their victories in the final coming in 1964, 1975 and 1980, where a goal from Trevor Brooking (13’) gave them a 1 – 0 win against Arsenal.

Bristol City and Blackpool have yet to win the FA Cup. As for Nottingham Forest, they have won this competition on two occasions: 1898 and 1959. The 1959 Final saw Forest beat Luton Town 2 – 1 thanks to goals from Royston Dwight (10’) and Thomas Wilson (14’). David Pacey scored the only goal for the Hatters.

West Ham United have played against Nottingham Forest 6 times in the FA Cup, including a 2 – 1 win in their inaugural clash in this competition on 14th January 1911 at Upton Park. The Hammers have 4 wins compared to Forest’s 2. Forest were 5 – 0 winners in their most recent meeting in the FA Cup on 5th January 2014, with Djamel Abdoun (12’ – Penalty), Jamie Paterson (65’, 71’, 79’), and Andy Reid (90’) scored the goals in what was a third-round tie.

The Hammers have played Blackpool 8 times in the FA Cup. Both have 3 wins, and there have been 2 draws between them. The Seasiders were emphatic 4 – 0 winners in their most recent meeting in this competition at Bloomfield Road.

Watford (Championship) v Southampton (Championship) – 27th January 2024

Watford’s Vicarage Road will host a clash between the Hornets and fellow Championship side Southampton in the fourth round of the 2023/24 FA Cup on Saturday, 27th January 2024.

Southampton is a one time winner of the FA Cup, beating Manchester United 1 – 0 on 1st May 1976 with the goal coming from Bobby Stokes (83’). As for Watford, they have never won this competition, but they were runners-up in 1984 and 2019, losing to Everton (2 – 0) and Manchester City (6 – 0) respectively.

Watford and Southampton have played against each other 6 times in the history of the FA Cup. The Saints have 4 wins compared to the Hornets’ 1, with only one draw between them in this competition.

Blackburn Rovers (Championship) v Wrexham (League Two) – 27th January 2024

There may be a match worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster when Blackburn Rovers face Wrexham, who Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds own. This fourth-round FA Cup tie will be played at Ewood Park on Saturday, 27th January 2024.

Blackburn have been serial winners of the FA Cup over the years, with 6 to their name as of the time of writing: 1884, 1885, 1886, 1890, 1891 and 1928. Rovers were 3 – 1 winners against Huddersfield in 1928, with Jack Roscamp (1’, 85’) and Jock McLean (22’) scoring the goals. Alexander Jackson scored for the Terriers (55’).

As for Wrexham, they have never won this competition. This will also be the first time Blackburn Rovers and Wrexham have ever met in the FA Cup.

AFC Bournemouth (Premier League) v Swansea City (Championship) – 27th January 2024

High flying AFC Bournemouth will welcome Championship side Swansea City to the Vitality Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Cherries are to face the Swans on Saturday, 27th January 2024.

Bournemouth and Swansea City have yet to win the FA Cup in the histories of both clubs. The two clubs have also played against each other just once in the competition’s history, with the Cherries winning their only previous meeting 2 – 0 in a First Round tie on 18th November 2000. Wade Elliott (54’) and James Hayter (76’) scored the goals.

West Bromwich Albion (Championship) v Brentford OR Wolverhampton Wanderers (Premier League) – 27th January 2024

An emphatic 4 – 1 win at The Hawthorns against National League side Aldershot Town has earned Carlos Corberan’s Baggies a place in the fourth round. They will either face Brentford or Black Country rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers at home in their next tie in the FA Cup on Saturday, 27th January 2024.

West Brom has won the FA Cup no less than 5 times: 1888, 1892, 1931, 1954 and 1968, where they were 1 – 0 winners after extra time against Everton, with club legend Jeff Astle scoring the winning goal (93’).

Rivals Wolves have had four wins in the FA Cup Final: 1893, 1908, 1949, and 1960. Their most recent victory in 1960 saw them beat Blackburn Rovers 3 – 0 thanks to an own goal from Michael McGrath (41’) and goals from Norman Deeley (67’, 88’). Brentford have never won the FA Cup.

West Brom were 2 – 0 winners in their only FA Cup clash with the Bees on 24th January 1959. The Baggies have met Black Country rivals Wolves 11 times in the history of this competition.

West Brom have been dominant against Wolves in the FA Cup with 8 wins compared to just 1 for their rivals. There have also been only 2 draws.

Leicester City (Championship) v Hull City OR Birmingham City (Championship) – 27th January 2024

A 3 – 2 win at The Den against Championship side Millwall has set up another all-Championship clash in the Fourth Round of the 2023/24 FA Cup for Leicester City. The Foxes will face either Hull City or Birmingham City at the King Power Stadium, with the two clubs set to face each other in their third round replay on Tuesday, 16th January 2024.

The fourth round tie between Leicester and either Hull or Birmingham will be played on Saturday, 27th January 2024.

Leicester have won the FA Cup once, which came back in 2021 when a wonder goal from Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans (63’) led them to a 1 – 0 victory against Chelsea at Wembley.

Neither Hull or Birmingham have ever won the FA Cup, but the Tigers did reach a final in 2014 where they were runners-up after being beaten 3 – 2 after extra time against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. The Blues have reached two finals, losing to West Brom and Manchester City in 1931 and 1956 respectively.

Leicester and Hull have faced each other 4 times in the FA Cup. The Foxes have 3 wins, with the only other game being a draw. As for Birmingham City, Leicester City has played against them 11 times in the history of this competition.

Leicester have 7 wins compared to the Blues’ 1. There have been just 3 draws between these two clubs in the FA Cup.

Sheffield Wednesday (Championship) v Coventry City (Championship) – 27th January 2024

Another all Championship tie in the fourth round will see Sheffield Wednesday take on Coventry City at Hillsborough on Saturday 27th January 2024.

Sheffield Wednesday have a history in this competition, having won it three times over the years. The Owls have won the FA Cup in 1896, 1907 and most recently in 1935 where they beat West Bromwich Albion 4 – 2. John Palethorpe (2’), Mark Hooper (70’) and Ellis Rimmer (85’, 89’) all scored for Wednesday.

As for Coventry, they are one time winners after beating Tottenham 3 – 2 after extra time on 16th May 1987. Dave Bennett (9’), Keith Houchen (64’) and an own goal from Spurs central defender Gary Mabbutt (96’).

Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry City have met just 6 times in the 153 year history of the FA Cup. Coventry have 4 wins compared to Wednesday’s 1, with the other being a draw.

Ipswich Town (Championship) v Maidstone United (National League South) – 27th January 2024

It will be a David vs Goliath clash when Maidstone United travel to Portman Road to take on Kieran McKenna’s Ipswich Town in the Fourth Round of the 2023/24 FA Cup. This tie between teams from the Championship and the National League South (6th tier) will be played on 27th January 2024.

The Tractor Boys have one FA Cup to their name, beating Arsenal 1 – 0 on 6th May 1978 thanks to a winning goal in the latter stages of the second half from midfielder Roger Osborne (77’). Maidstone have never won this competition or made it to a final.

This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Ipswich Town and Maidstone United.

Leeds United (Championship) v Plymouth Argyle (Championship) – 27th January 2024

Leeds United and Plymouth Argyle will go head to head at Elland Road in another all-Championship clash in the fourth round of the FA Cup. This tie between these two clubs will be played on Saturday, 27th January 2024.

Leeds have won the FA Cup once, which was back in 1972. They were 1 – 0 winners against Arsenal at Wembley, with the winning goal coming from forward Allan Clarke early on in the second half (53’). Plymouth have never won this competition to date.

There has just been one FA Cup clash between Leeds United and Plymouth Argyle as of the time of writing. It took place in the fourth round of the competition on 3rd February 1973, which Spurs won 2 – 1.

Crystal Palace OR Everton (Premier League) v Luton Town OR Bolton Wanderers (Premier League/League One) – 27th January 2024

This tie has yet to be confirmed after draws between Crystal Palace and Everton and between Luton Town and Bolton Wanderers. The winner of each replay will take on Palace at Selhurst Park or the Toffees at Goodison Park on Saturday, 27th January 2024.

Crystal Palace and Luton Town have both never won the FA Cup. The Eagles were runners-up in 1990 and 2016, whilst the Hatters were runners-up in 1959.

Meanwhile, both Everton and Bolton Wanderers have won this competition in the past. Starting with the Toffees, they have 5 wins (1906, 1933, 1966, 1984 & 1995). As for Bolton, they have won the FA Cup 4 times (1923, 1926, 1929 & 1958).

Sheffield United (Premier League) v Brighton & Hove Albion (Premier League) – 27th January 2024

Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United will welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Bramall Lane in an all-Premier League clash in the Fourth Round of the 2023/24 FA Cup on Saturday, 27th January 2024.

The Blades are four time winners of this competition, having won the Final in 1899, 1902, 1915 and 1925. As for Brighton, the Seagulls have never won the FA Cup, but they were runners-up against Manchester United, losing 4 – 0 in the replay on 26th May 1983.

Sheffield United and Brighton & Hove Albion have faced each other on just 3 occasions in the entire history of the FA Cup. They have one win each, with there also being 1 draw between these two teams too.

Fulham (Premier League) v Newcastle United (Premier League) – 27th January 2024

We complete our run through of the FA Cup Fourth Round draw with an all-Premier League tie between Marco Silva’s Fulham and a Newcastle United side led by Eddie Howe on Saturday, 27th January 2024. The match will be played at Craven Cottage in West London.

The Cottagers have never won the FA Cup, but they were runners-up on 3rd May 1975 when they lost 2 – 0 against West Ham United. Alan Taylor got both of the Hammers’ goals that day (60’, 64’).

As for the Magpies, they have won this trophy on several occasions, with 6 wins over the years (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952 & 1955). Newcastle’s most recent FA Cup Final win saw them beat Manchester City 3 – 1 thanks to goals from Jackie Milburn (1’), Robert Mitchell (52’) and George Hannah (59’). Robert Johnstone scored the only goal for City that day (45’).

Newcastle United have won all 4 of the past FA Cup clashes between themselves and Fulham over the years. The most recent tie was in the 3rd Round on 7th January 1961, where the Magpies were 5 – 0 winners with goals from Ivor Allchurch, Duncan Neale, and Charlie Woods.

Excitement and anticipation are building rapidly ahead of the Fourth Round of the 2023/24 FA Cup, which is set to get underway in just two weeks’ time.

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