Thursday 26 April 2018

Minnows Yeovil Town and Newport County get dream home games against Premier League big guns in FA Cup draw

Newport County's Mark O'Brien celebrates victory after the Emirates FA Cup, Third Round match at Rodney Parade
Newport County's Mark O'Brien celebrates victory after the Emirates FA Cup, Third Round match at Rodney Parade

League Two side Yeovil will host Manchester United in the FA Cup for the second time in four seasons having been pitted against Jose Mourinho's men in the fourth round.

The Glovers were the lowest-ranked side in Monday night's draw and were handed a home clash with the 12-time winners, as they were in 2015 when United won 2-0 thanks to goals from Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria.

Fellow League Two side Newport will entertain Tottenham while Mansfield, another club from the fourth tier, have the carrot of welcoming Pep Guardiola's Manchester City to Field Mill if they can overcome Cardiff at home in a replay.

There are guaranteed to be at least two all-Premier League ties, with Liverpool once more at home against West Brom and Southampton facing Watford at St Mary's.

Newcastle will visit either Chelsea or Norwich, while Bournemouth would end up facing West Ham on the south coast if those two clubs can overcome respective replays against Wigan and Shrewsbury.

The 1987 FA Cup winners Coventry's reward for ousting Stoke in the third round is a trip to League One outfit MK Dons with League Two high-fliers Notts County drawn at home to either Championship leaders Wolves or Premier League strugglers Swansea.

Nottingham Forest, who knocked holders Arsenal out on Sunday and announced the appointment of Aitor Karanka as their new manager on Monday, visit Hull, the side the Gunners beat in the 2014 final.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis would have a reunion with old club Crystal Palace if the Eagles defeat Brighton while top-flight Huddersfield face second-tier Birmingham.

The winners of Leicester's replay with Fleetwood will travel to Peterborough, Millwall meet Rochdale and Preston travel to South Yorkshire for a date with Sheffield United.

Either Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday will have a home match against Stevenage or Reading.

FA Cup fourth round draw in full:

Liverpool vs West Brom

Peterborough United vs Fleetwood Town or Leicester City

Huddersfield Town vs Birmingham City

Notts County vs Wolves or Swansea

Yeovil Town vs Manchester United

Carlisle United or Sheffield Wednesday vs Stevenage or Reading

Cardiff or Mansfield vs Manchester City

MK Dons vs Coventry City

Southampton vs Watford

Middlesbrough vs Brighton or Crystal Palace

Bournemouth or Wigan vs Shrewsbury or West Ham

Hull City vs Nottingham Forest

Newport County vs Tottenham

Norwich or Chelsea vs Newcastle

Sheffield United vs Preston North End

Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29

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