Northampton Town hoping to secure FA Cup date with Chelsea

Holders Arsenal must entertain Burnley in the fourth round of the FA Cup while Northampton’s reward if they can get past MK Dons in a third-round replay will be a visit from Chelsea.

Chelsea are not the only Premier League giant taking to the road as Manchester United were sent to Derby with Manchester City told to pitch up at either Sky Bet League Two club Wycombe or Aston Villa, who drew 1-1 on Saturday.

Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by Exeter and the winner of that replay will entertain West Ham. 

Vanarama National League outfit Eastleigh, the lowest ranked team left in the competition, will host Championship side Leeds if they can see off Bolton at Ten Acres.

Harry Kane’s late penalty kept Tottenham in the competition and if Spurs can do the business against Leicester in their replay, a journey to Colchester awaits.

Crystal Palace tackle Stoke in a rare all-Premier League tie while Oxford, who knocked Swansea out on Sunday, must wait to discover if they will host their League Two rivals Newport, or Blackburn.

If West Brom manage to get past Bristol City they will welcome Peterborough, Everton are tasked with visiting either Carlisle or Yeovil from the fourth tier and Watford travel north to Nottingham Forest.

Bournemouth complete the top-flight contingent and could enjoy a short trip to Fratton Park if Portsmouth can overcome Ipswich.

Other ties see Huddersfield or Reading hosting Walsall, Shrewsbury entertaining Sheffield Wednesday and Hull facing either Bury or Bradford.

The fourth-round fixtures will be played between January 29 and February 1.

Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek has branded the FA Cup “a competition we’ve got to win” as the Blues fight to save their season.

The teenage midfielder fired his first senior goal as Chelsea eased past Scunthorpe 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, booking their place in the fourth round.

Diego Costa’s fourth goal in three games set the Blues on course before Loftus-Cheek sealed the win in the second half.

Guus Hiddink guided Chelsea to FA Cup glory in his first short-term Stamford Bridge stint in 2009 and now Loftus-Cheek believes the Blues must throw everything at helping the Dutchman repeat that triumph.

“Even if we were doing really well in the Premier League it’s still a competition we’d want to win,” Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea TV.

“But this season I think we should really want to win it.

“The Premier League hasn’t gone that well, so this is a competition we’ve got to win.”

Non-league Minnows Eastleigh will face Leeds if they can overcome Bolton. Saturday’s 1-1 third-round draw with Bolton at Ten Acres earned Vanarama National League side Eastleigh the right to replay the Trotters in Lancashire and, should they progress, a home meeting with 1972 winners Leeds awaits.

FA Cup fourth-round:

West Brom/Bristol City v Peterborough, Eastleigh/Bolton v Leeds, Arsenal v Burnley, Derby v Manchester United, Huddersfield/ Reading v Walsall, Exeter/Liverpool v West Ham, Wycombe/Aston Villa v Manchester City, Shrewsbury v Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest v Watford, Carlisle/Yeovil v Everton, Crystal Palace v Stoke, Oxford v Newport County/Blackburn, Ipswich/Portsmouth v Bournemouth, Colchester v Tottenham/Leicester, Bury/Bradford v Hull, Northampton/MK Dons v Chelsea.


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Wesley O’ Regan is the General Manager of Popscene in Voodoo Rooms, Cork city. Popscene opened last November and is Cork’s only themed bar that is dedicated to celebrating the best of the 80s and 90s. https://www.facebook.com/PopsceneCork/You've Been Served: Wesley O'Regan, Popscene

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