x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Tricky FA Cup fourth round ties next for Man City and Tottenham

Holders Chelsea face a trip to lower-league opposition in the next round, which set up a host of potential top team clashes.

Tottenham's Gareth Bale skips past the Coventry back line during their FA Cup tie.
Tottenham's Gareth Bale skips past the Coventry back line during their FA Cup tie.

LONDON // Holders Chelsea were handed an away tie against lower-league opposition in the draw for the English FA Cup fourth round made at Wembley yesterday.

Chelsea will visit either League Two Southend or Brentford of League One in the next phase after their 2-2 draw at Roots Hall.

Manchester City were also handed a potentially tough away match against the winners of the replay between the Championship side Crystal Palace and Stoke City.

Non-league Luton's reward for their victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers is a trip to Premier League Norwich, with Newcastle United's conquerors Brighton welcoming either Swansea and Arsenal.

Oldham, who impressed in defeating Nottingham Forest, will face Liverpool, who beat Mansfield yesterday, while non-league Macclesfield, surprise winners against Championship pacesetters Cardiff, will welcome Wigan Athletic or Bournemouth.

There were no guaranteed all-Premier League matches in the draw, although one or two are in the pipeline after West Ham United or Manchester United were pitted against either Fulham or Blackpool, while Sunderland and Everton could meet if they can overcome Bolton Wanderers and Cheltenham respectively.

Tottenham Hotspur face a tricky away trip to Championship opposition, with the winners of the replay between Leeds and Birmingham lying in wait. Aston Villa are also on the road to play Millwall.

Reading host Sheffield United, while Queens Park Rangers or West Bromwich Albion, will play Sheffield Wednesday or MK Dons.

Two all-Championship ties see Huddersfield host Leicester and Derby welcome Blackburn, while Aldershot are away to Middlesbrough and Barnsley lie in wait for the winners of the replay between Hull and Leyton Orient.

Fourth-round draw

Norwich v Luton

Oldham v Liverpool

Macclesfield v Wigan or Bournemouth

Derby v Blackburn

Hull or Leyton Orient v Barnsley

Middlesbrough v Aldershot

Millwall v Aston Villa

Leeds or Birmingham v Tottenham

Brighton v Swansea or Arsenal

Crystal Palace or Stoke v Manchester City

West Ham or Manchester United v Fulham or Blackpool

Southend or Brentford v Chelsea

Reading v Sheffield United

Huddersfield v Leicester

QPR or West Brom v Sheffield Wednesday or MK Dons

Bolton or Sunderland v Cheltenham or Everton

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