Tonight saw a very uninspiring draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup with only one real highlight and two other decent ties.
Derby County vs Leicester City
This tie is the only highlight and as a local derby, both teams will want to get one over the other. With Leicester struggling in the Premier League, there is an massive opportunity for Derby to cause a cupset against their local rivals.
Steve McLaren will be keen to have a good cup run with the Rams and knocking out the current Premier League Champions will be fantastic for his Championship side. Claudio Ranieri will however be eying up the FA Cup now that the Foxes’ title defence is over in the league.
Chelsea vs Brentford
Another local derby but expect Chelsea to cruise through on home soil. Brentford will be heading to Stamford Bridge as underdogs but Scott Hogan and Alan Judge are both capable of causing an upset.
Tactically, Antonio Conte’s side have the superior quality but their defence has started to wobble in recent weeks. Should the Bees manage to hold onto Hogan, Judge and Lasse Vibe then they will surely be firmly poised to create problems at the back. Midfielder, Romain Sawyers will be hoping to prove why Dean Smith brought him down from Walsall to Griffin Park by helping cause a cupset.
Southampton/Norwich vs Arsenal
Out of a poor draw, this could well turn out to be one of the best ties if Arsenal continue their erratic away form.
Arsene Wenger will be hoping to avoid a trip to St Marys after what happened the last time. On Boxing Day 2015, the Gunners lost 4-0 away to the Saints and with their current away form, it could be a repeat or even worse. Southampton have however already beaten Arsenal in a cup this season, winning their League Cup quarter final meeting 2-0 at the Emirates. They will therefore believe that a FA Cup scalp is a possibility.
If Wenger has to take his side to Carrow Road, he will be a happy man because the Canaries have often struggled against his side. With Alex Neil in charge, Norwich have been a strong side this season but not sharp enough to want to challenge for promotion.
Regardless of who hosts Arsenal, we should see quite a few goals but Wenger will be praying for a trip up to East Anglia to face Norwich, if he is to get his hands on another cup before potentially bowing out in the summer if his contract isn’t renewed.