The Londoners were given another home tie but Ruud Gullit's joy may be have been tempered by the fact that they must face the Premiership pacesetters and last season's finalists Liverpool, who are still smarting from a recent league defeat at the Bridge. United's opponents have yet to be confirmed but Alex Ferguson's holders will already be preparing for the worst - a visit by Wimbledon, providing they can overcome Crewe Alexandra in their delayed third round tie at Gresty Road.
The Chelsea tie was one of the few uncluttered ones in a draw made somewhat farcical by the amount of third round ties still to go ahead because of the havoc wreaked by the weather this weekend. Chelsea were beaten 4-0 by double champions Manchester United on their last visit to the Twin Towers three years ago, and will believe they can return there and put matters to right if they can beat five-times winners Liverpool in front of another capacity crowd in west London.
Wimbledon can be relied upon to offer considerably greater resistance against the champions than did a depleted Tottenham side in yesterday's 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford. There is nothing that Wimbledon like more, of course, than to have the odds stacked against them - which when a team has gone 19 games unbeaten before losing does not happen very often these days.
Ferguson was not putting too much trust in Dario Gradi's Second Division side saving them from the fate of playing the Dons. "Wimbledon should be favourites to play us because they are having a great season," he said. "Joe Kinnear has really got them going and they are playing absolutely brilliantly at the moment. But we are at home so that's alright."
The draw, made by the former England goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, and the hero of Sunderland's 1973 FA Cup win, Jim Montgomery, also saw Newcastle given a fourth round home fixture against the Premiership basement club, Nottingham Forest, providing they can account for First Division Charlton Athletic in the replay at St James' Park following yesterday's 1-1 draw at The Valley.
Arsenal were another top club favoured by a home draw but first there is the small matter of overcoming Sunderland in a replay on Wearside. The winners will play either Crystal Palace or Sunderland.
The minnows, in the main, did not fair particularly well but for the winners of the Hednesford v York tie there is a plum home draw with Bryan Robson's expensive misfits, Middlesbrough.
FA Cup fourth-round draw
Peterborough v Wrexham or West Ham
Charlton or Newcastle Utd v Nottingham Forest
Blackburn v Coventry or Woking
Luton or Bolton v Chesterfield or Bristol City
Birmingham v Stoke or Stockport
Queen's Park Rangers or Huddersfield v Barnsley or Oldham
Portsmouth v Reading Carlisle or Tranmere v Sheffield Wednesday
Everton v Bradford City
Hednesford or York v Middlesbrough
Chelsea v Liverpool
Gillingham or Derby v Notts County or Aston Villa
Leicester or Southend v Norwich
Arsenal or Sunderland v Crystal Palace or Leeds
Brentford or Manchester City v Watford or Oxford Utd
Manchester Utd v Crewe or Wimbledon
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