07 January 2020 10:31
Out of the confirmed ties in the next round, there are few to write home about with Manchester City against Fulham a vague highlight Liverpool will head to either Bristol City or Shrewsbury in the FA Cup fourth round, while Manchester United will take on Watford or Tranmere following the draw on Monday night. Fulham's reward for knocking out Aston Villa on Saturday is a daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium to take on holders Manchester City. Liverpool will face lower-division opposition in the form of either Bristol City or Shrewsbury. Should League One Tranmere get past Watford, having come from 3-0 down to draw at the weekend, they will host either Manchester United or Wolves. Rochdale, who also secured a replay against a top-flight side, will entertain Oxford if they can finish the job against Newcastle.
Chelsea head to Hull, Leicester travel to Brentford and Tottenham, should they win their replay against Middlesbrough, will be away at Southampton. Former West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will take his West Brom side to the London Stadium. Arsenal or Leeds will travel to Bournemouth while an all-Premier League showdown sees Norwich head to Burnley. Sheffield will migrate to London for the weekend after United were drawn at Millwall while Wednesday landed QPR. Northampton, the lowest-ranked side definitely through, host Wayne Rooney and Derby.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that a number of key Manchester United figures are either hobbled or unwell ahead of Tuesday's EFL Cup semifinal clash with Manchester City (3 p.m. ET) at Old Trafford, lamenting the fact their first leg wasn't the one to fall on Wednesday instead. According to Solskjaer, the last two days were meant for a few players — Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw — to spend "a night or two in their own beds" accompanied by a combination of homemade remedies and prescription cures to recover from the illness which kept each of them out of Saturday's FA Cup draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers. Add the unwell stars to the list of injured players who'll miss Tuesday's game — Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Eric Bailly — and what was already going to be an uphill battle for the Red Devils becomes that much steeper. Pep Guardiola, who's got his own selection headaches with Aymeric Laporte (knee) and perhaps Nicolas Otamendi (illness) still unavailable, is looking at Tuesday's Cup derby as the biggest game remaining this season, not only because it's against Man United, but because it's Man City's fastest route to a trophy. With the Premier League title seemingly gone to Liverpool already (the Reds lead City by 14 with 17 games left to play), Guardiola is focused on picking up any and every other trophy available to his squad between now and the end of May. Despite the fact they'll likely relinquish the PL title after a two-year reign, City could still finish the 2019-20 season with three trophies.
Goals from Aleks Zinchenko, Sergio Aguero, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Phil Foden got City's defence of the FA Cup off to a winning start. Their reward for the win is a tie against Fulham at home in the fourth round. United will face the winners of a replay between Watford and Tranmere should they beat Wolves at Old Trafford next week after their 0-0 draw at Molineux. The draw took place before Arsenal's home clash with Championship side Leeds tonight. We'll bring you all the reaction to the draw as it happens below: