FA Cup Fourth Round preview: Cup Romance?

FA Cup 4th Round action

FA Cup 4th Round action

The FA Cup is back, and today’s football brings us 11 fourth round clashes, including three all Premiership encounters, with Crawley Town representing the single non-league club left in the competition.

The action starts at Goodison Park, where Everton welcome Premiership Champions and Cup holders Chelsea as their opponents.

The Liberty Stadium is the venue for the other lunchtime kick off, as Swansea entertain League One outfit Leyton Orient.

The second all Premier League tie is next to get underway, as Blackburn travel to Villa Park to face Gerard Houllier’s Aston Villa, who have been on a mini revival as of late.

Birmingham City welcome Coventry City to St Andrews and Alex Mcleish’s men will be full of confidence after sealing their place in the Carling Cup final.

Bolton and Wigan’s 3pm kick off is the final all Premiership encounter with both sides struggling to find form as of late.

Eddie Howe’s first game as Burnley boss sees him lock horns with fourth tier Burton Albion, Howe will be eager to progress in his first game in charge.

Sheffield Wednesday will look for a much needed morale boosting victory when they welcome Hereford to Hillsborough.

Stevenage will be full of confidence after dumping Newcastle United out of the last round when they welcome promotion hopefuls Reading for their fourth round tie.

The fairytale story of the cup so far, non league club Crawley Town, will have another romantic FA Cup victory in mind when they travel to Torquay. Crawley Town Knocked Derby County out in the previous round.

The late kick off of the day sees Manchester United travel to their once bogey fixture Southampton. Alex Ferguson’s men are unbeaten this year, but Southampton can take hope from United’s defensive absentees today due to injury.

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