FA Cup fourth round 2019-2020
The FA Cup third-round matches were played last weekend and there were a couple of Premier League teams that were knocked out by lower league sides. Brighton lost to Sheffield Wednesday at home 0-1 with Crystal Palace suffering the same fate against Derby. This will have annoyed the two respective managers as they should be winning the home games against the lower leagues. Aston Villa were beaten by Fulham 2-1, with Everton the last Premier League side to be knocked out but by their rivals Liverpool.
There were a couple of matches that ended in draws meaning that they will have to replay the match. Newcastle drew away to Rochdale 1-1, Watford gave up a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 which will have angered Nigel Pearson considerably. Manchester United and Wolves drew in a match that United could have easily lost and Tottenham also had to accept an away draw with Middlesbrough. The replay of these matches is scheduled for the week commencing the 13th of January.
There are 16 Premier League teams left with the remaining 16 being from lower leagues. The lowest placed side in the competition is Northampton who are 9th in League Two but could be bettered by Carlisle United who have a replay against Cardiff.
The fourth-round draw was made after the matches with champions Manchester City being the only top 6 side playing at home, hosting Fulham. Chelsea, Liverpool, and Leicester have all been given away matches against teams from the lower leagues, with Arsenal also playing away against Bournemouth. The only other all Premier League tie is Burnley against Norwich. Should Tottenham get through their replay then they will face Southampton away, with the same being applied to United who would face Watford or Tranmere away.
The matches will be played on the weekend of the 24th of January.