25 January, 2013 - 14:40

FA Cup Fourth Round fixtures' preview

FA Cup Fourth Round fixtures' preview

After watching the miraculous Bradford making it through to the Capital One Cup Final, it is difficult to get rid of the feeling that every FA Cup fixture involving the Premier League side against the minnows could be the potential banana skin. It is likely that we could watch yet another fairytale and, say, Brentford beats Chelsea to prove that money is not everything in modern football. Lest us consider five most interesting fixtures of the FA Cup Fourth Round.

Millwall vs Aston Villa

This is one of the last Aston Villa’s chances to redeem themselves after a string of disastrous results including Thursday’s humiliation against fourth-tier Bradford. Despite the reassurances that Paul Lambert’s job is safe even if Villians are relegated, yet another pity defeat may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. The clash against aggressive Millwall will undoubtedly be a tough challenge for the young Lambert’s side, taking into account impressive home record of the London team.

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Brighton vs Arsenal

FA Cup is Arsenal’s last realistic opportunity to claim the trophy this season. The Gunners have had quite a disappointing year to date and are facing a danger of missing out on a top-four finish for the first time in 16 years. Brighton led by Gus Poyet currently find themselves in the Championship Play-Off spot and have already eliminated Newcastle from the Cup. There is no way the Seagulls will stand in awe of Arsenal’s stars and Wenger’s folks need to be composed and focused to beat resilient Brighton.

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Brentford vs Chelsea

Chelsea are visiting Griffin Park to face their bitter rivals Brentford in the west London derby. FA holders need to bounce back from their demoralizing Carling Cup semi-final elimination by Swansea City as soon as possible as their opponents will surely be more than delighted to take their scalp. The Blues have already been knocked out of the Champions league and saw the chances of winning Premier League title slipping from them. Rafa Benitez is desperate to make the last attempt of removing the ‘interim’ from his job title and claim the FA Cup title.

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Other FA Cup Fourth Round fixtures:

Matches played on Saturday, January 26:

Stoke City vs Manchester City
Macclesfield Town vs Wigan Athletic
Derby County vs Blackburn Rovers
Hull City vs Barnsley
Norwich City vs Luton Town
Middlesbrough vs Aldershot Town
Queens Park Rangers vs Milton Keynes Dons FC
Reading vs Sheffield United
Huddersfield Town vs Leicester City
Bolton Wanderers vs Everton
Manchester United vs Fulham

Matches played on Sunday, January 27:

Leeds United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Oldham Athletic vs Liverpool

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Author: Basil Naumov

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