FA Cup fourth round draw: Cup holders Chelsea sent on the road once again

 

Chelsea will continue the defence of their trophy with a trip to lower league opposition after yesterday's fourth-round draw. Rafael Benitez's side will visit either League One Brentford or Southend, from a league below, at the end of the month, and after scoring 21 goals in four domestic cup ties so far this season, will be heavily favoured to progress to the last 16.

Non-league Luton were handed top-flight opposition with a trip to Norwich City, while Macclesfield, playing in the fourth round for the first time in their 139-year history, could also face Premier League opposition, with Wigan and Bournemouth replaying for the right to visit Moss Rose.

Brighton & Hove Albion's reward for beating Newcastle United is another Premier League visit, Gus Poyet's side awaiting the winner of Swansea City's replay with Arsenal following yesterday's 2-2 draw.

Premier League champions Manchester City could face a rematch of their 2011 final success over Stoke City should Tony Pulis's side overcome Crystal Palace, while Manchester United face a home tie against either Fulham or Blackpool should Sir Alex Ferguson's team overcome West Ham United in next week's Old Trafford replay.

Tottenham Hotspur must travel to Championship opponents in either Leeds United, whom they beat at the same stage three years ago, or Birmingham City, while Liverpool, 2-1 winners at Mansfield yesterday, face a trip to League One Oldham Athletic. Aston Villa will travel to London to play Championship outfit Millwall.

Fourth round draw

* Norwich v Luton

Oldham v Liverpool

Macclesfield v Wigan/Bournemouth

Derby v Blackburn

Hull/Leyton Orient v Barnsley

Middlesbrough v Aldershot

Millwall v Aston Villa

Leeds/Birmingham v Tottenham

Brighton v Swansea/Arsenal

C Palace/Stoke v Man City

West Ham/Manchester United v Fulham/Blackpool

Southend/Brentford v Chelsea

Reading v Sheffield United

Huddersfield v Leicester

QPR/WBA v Sheff Wed/MK Dons

Bolton/Sunderland v Cheltenham/Everton

Ties to take place 26/27 January

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific