The draw for the F.A Cup was made today which has made for some interesting ties to take place.
There are all Premiership games with WBA away to QPR, Southampton host last year’s winners Chelsea, West Ham are at home to Manchester United and Arsenal face Swansea. With Arsenal having just faced Swansea and losing to two late goals by the revelation at Liberty Park that is Michu, no doubt fans will be hoping that their team an exact some revenge on the Welsh club.
Championships sides Crystal Palace and Brighton face tough Premiership opponents as they host Stoke City and Newcastle United respectively. Last years runners’ up Liverpool have an away trip to either Lincoln or Mansfield.
Today also saw a unique rival match take place with MK Dons beating AFC Wimbledon to have the privilege to face Sheffield Wednesday in the next round. I was routing for AFC Wimbledon, but they lost out in the dying minutes thanks to ex Liverpool man Jon Otsemobor making it 2-1.
Bolton will face Sunderland, Tottenham host Coventry while Premiership champions Manchester City will host Gianfranco Zola’s Watford. Crawley Town face another tough opponent, they seems to gravitate towards Premiership clubs in the draws, as they face Premiership new boys Reading.
The draw in full
Crystal Palace v Stoke City
Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur v Coventry City
Wigan Athletic v AFC Bournemouth
Fulham v Blackpool
Aston Villa v Ipswich Town
Charlton Athletic v Huddersfield Town
Barrow or Macclesfield Town v Cardiff City
Barnsley v Burnley
Manchester City v Watford
Swansea City v Arsenal
Leicester City v Burton Albion
Millwall v Preston North End
Cheltenham Town or Hereford United v Everton
Derby County v Tranmere Rovers
Crawley Town v Reading
Aldershot Town v Rotherham United or Notts County
Middlesbrough v Harrogate Town or Hastings United
Accrington Stanley or Oxford United v Sheffield United
Southampton v Chelsea
Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion
Peterborough United v Norwich City
Lincoln City or Mansfield Town v Liverpool
Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland
Nottingham Forest v Oldham Athletic
West Ham United v Manchester United
Hull City v Alfreton Town or Leyton Orient
Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City
Leeds United v Birmingham City
Bury or Southend United v Bradford City or Brentford
Luton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sheffield Wednesday v Milton Keynes Dons