FA Cup

2017-18 FA Cup: 4th round draw highlights

The 2017-18 FA Cup third round threw up some shocks with Arsenal and Stoke City amongst the main casualties.

40 teams remain in the draw with six ties already needing replays, and Brighton vs Crystal Palace being played tonight.

This round sees 16 ties but which games stand out and have potential for cupsets?


Yeovil Town vs Manchester United

Without a doubt, the best tie from this fourth round draw. 

Both teams have met three times in FA Cup with Manchester United winning all three, despite their last clash in 2014-15 tournament being the first clash at Yeovil’s ground. 

Teams under Jose Mourinho however haven’t been dumped out of this competition by a team from League Two or below before.

Could Yeovil inflict Jose Mourinho’s first FA Cup to a team from League Two or below?

In summary, should be one sided but the potential for a cupset here is huge. 


Newport County vs Tottenham Hotspur

Newport County’s reward for dumping Leeds United out in last round is a tricky home tie with Tottenham Hotspur.

There have been two previous FA Cup ties between these sides (1 home/away each) with Spurs winning both with four goals, although Newport did net one at White Hart Lane in their first meeting in this competition.

Potential for cupset but unlikely if Tottenham are on song. 


Cardiff City/Mansfield Town vs Manchester City

Manchester City will have a tough trip regardless of who is their host in fourth round.

If the Citizens have to go to Mansfield, their chances don’t look good because Mansfield have won two of their three previous meetings. 

Cardiff meanwhile won their last home meeting with Pep Guardiola’s side, back in August 2013 under former boss – Manuel Pellegrini. 


Pellegrini at Cardiff .jpg
With Manuel Pellegrini now gone, will Manchester City avoid a repeat defeat at Cardiff City? 


That win serves as a reminder of what Cardiff can do at home against the Blue team of Manchester.

Cardiff have met City in five FA Cup clashes, with three going to replays and one clash needed two replays to separate them. 

Man City however hold a 4-1 win record over their Welsh opposition in this competition, so will be favourites to progress. 

Either way, Manchester City are in store for a real challenge at either host ground. 


Peterborough United vs Fleetwood Town/Leicester City

If the tie ends up being Peterborough United vs Fleetwood Town then need say little more. 

Peterborough United vs Leicester City meanwhile looks like it could be a tricky test for the Foxes.

Although there isn’t any FA Cup history between the Posh and Foxes, both teams have two wins apiece from other cup competitions combined. 

Peterborough have 23 goal Jack Marriott in their ranks whilst Leicester’s top scorer is Jamie Vardy with just eight goals. 

That suggests that Leicester could be at the mercy of yet another cupset, if they can get pass Fleetwood first. 


Notts County vs Wolverhampton Wanderers/Swansea City

League Two promotion contenders, Notts County will be up for this tie regardless of who the visitors to Meadow Lane are. 

If Wolverhampton Wanderers progress, they will need to be clinical but have won all five meetings with the Magpies. 

Swansea City meanwhile will be vulnerable to a cupset, if still in Premier League relegation trouble and prioritise the league. 

Notts County have met the Swans twice in FA Cup, all the way back in 1930s with both winning when at home. 






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