Tuesday, January 09, 2007
United against Pompey, Arsenal face Bolton in FA Cup
In another top-six clash, Arsenal (fourth) are at home to fifth-placed bogey side Bolton Wanderers.
Chelsea, currently second in the Premier League, will also be at home where they will face League One Nottingham Forest, 2-0 conquerors of Premiership strugglers Charlton in the third round.
Arsenal have already overcome Premiership opposition in this season's FA Cup, knocking out holders Liverpool with a 3-1 win at Anfield last weekend.
But Bolton, in their last seven games against Arsenal, have won four, drawn two and lost just one.
Back in November, United beat Portsmouth, presently sixth in the table, 3-0 in a league match at Old Trafford.
Both sides were involved in all-Premiership clashes last weekend, with Portsmouth beating Wigan 2-1 at Fratton Park and United defeating Aston Villa 2-1 with an injury-time winner.
West Ham, last season's beaten finalists, are at home to fellow Premiership strugglers Watford.
League One promotion hopefuls Swansea, who beat top-flight Sheffield United 3-0 in the third round, now have a trip to either Ipswich or Chester - the lowest-placed club left in the draw at 15th in League Two, the fourth tier of the English professional game.
There is also the prospect of a fourth-round clash between Midlands arch-rivals West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton, who both play in the Championship.
West Brom, eyeing promotion to the Premier League, are already through to the last 32 after beating Leeds, but Wolves need to overcome League One Oldham in a third round replay if they are to set up a 'Black Country' derby.
4th rd draw
Arsenal v Bolton
West Ham v Watford
Bristol City or Coventry v Hull or Middlesbrough
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
Chester or Ipswich v Swansea
Cardiff or Tottenham v Southend or Barnsley
Barnet or Colchester United v Peterborough or Plymouth
Birmingham or Newcastle v Reading or Burnley
Derby v Bristol Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday or Manchester City v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Preston
Manchester United v Portsmouth
Blackpool v Norwich
Queens Park Rangers or Luton v Blackburn Rovers
Wolverhampton or Oldham v West Bromwich Albion
Leicester or Fulham v Stoke
3rd rd replays to be played on Jan 16-17
4th rd ties to be played on Jan 27-28