It is FA Cup fourth round weekend, and the draw has thrown up some fascinating ties. Many clubs will be eyeing this competition as a great way to secure some silverware in what is proving to be an unpredictable season.
Chorley v Wolves
Sixth tier Chorley welcome Premier League Wolves to Victory Park on Friday night as they attempt to add Espirito Santo Nuno’s side to their list of noticeable scalps.
The National League outfit have already knocked out Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United and Derby County on their incredible run to the fourth round, the furthest they have ever got in the club’s history.
Wolves are on a hiding to nothing and are expected to win comfortably. They beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in the third round and could be dark horses to go on and win the cup this year.
Southampton v Arsenal
There is an all Premier League tie at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday lunchtime as Southampton host current FA Cup holders Arsenal.
The Saints were the last team to make round four after a midweek win over Shrewsbury and they have been in impressive form in the league, so will fancy their chances of knocking out Mikel Arteta’s side.
The Gunners needed extra-time to get past Newcastle in the last round and have seen an upturn in their fortunes recently, after a difficult start to their PL campaign.
Cheltenham Town v Manchester City
League Two Cheltenham welcome Manchester City to Whaddon Road looking to take a prized scalp on Saturday evening.
The Robins have been drawn at home in the previous three rounds of the cup this season and needed extra-time in the previous two rounds to get to this stage. They have been rewarded with a glamour tie against Pep Guardiola’s men.
Manchester City are on an ominous run of nine wins in a row in the league and look to be back to their best. After beating Birmingham 3-0 at home in round three, they will be confident of making comfortable progress despite what is likely to be a much-changed side.
Brentford v Leicester City
There is a fascinating game at the Brentford Community Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as Brentford face Leicester City.
The hosts are going well in the Championship again this season, after missing out on promotion to the Premier League in the play-off final last term. They knocked out Middlesbrough in the last round and will fancy their chances at home again.
Leicester are competing at the top end of the PL again this season and are on an impressive run of form. The Foxes were comfortable 4-0 winners at Stoke in the previous round, which shows their desire to go far in this competition.
Manchester United v Liverpool
The standout tie of the round takes place at Old Trafford on Sunday evening as Manchester United face Liverpool.
The two sides only met last week in the league and played out a drab 0-0 draw. Since then, Liverpool have been beaten 1-0 at home by Burnley, whilst United won 2-1 at Fulham and they are now six points clear of the reigning Premier League champions.
Both sides will want to progress at the expense of the other and the game has to better than that of seven days ago.
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