January 23, 2021

FA Cup draw LIVE: Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal to learn fourth and fifth round ties | Football | Sport


Almost there

7.05pm: Not long now. Your reminder of the teams looking for big ties and their ball numbers…

1 – Plymouth Argyle
2 – Southampton or Shrewsbury Town
3 – Chorley
6 – Stockport County or West Ham United
16 – Doncaster Rovers
19 – Crawley Town
32 – Cheltenham Town

That’s three League One teams – Plymouth, Doncaster and Shrewsbury (if their Southampton match is rescheduled – and two League Two, Cheltenham and Crawley.

Chorley are the only non-league team through with Stockport looking to join them this evening.

The big cupsets so far

7pm: So all the big sides are through, but there were still a few shocks in the third round – starting with Leeds’ battering at the hands of Crawley Town.

The League Two promotion hopefuls scored three second-half goals to dump Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites out in style.

Elsewhere, COVID struck again with Derby County, who similarly to Villa had to field their kids against non-league Chorley.

The part-time Lancashire side who play in the National League North won 2-0 against the depleted Rams.

And League One Blackpool got the better of Sam Allardyce’s West brom on penalties, winning the shoot-out 3-2 after a 2-2 draw after extra time.

Everton avoided a shock at home to Rotherham by winning in extra time while Burnley beat MK Dons on penalties after a 94th minute equaliser.

Similarly, Brighton won on penalties after goalkeeper Jason Steele saved four spot-kicks against Newport, who forced extra time with a 96th minute goal after Solly March had put Brighton ahead in the 90th minute.

Who’s in the hat?

6.45pm: COVID also caused problems for Aston Villa, who had to field a team entirely made up of under-23s and under-18s players against Liverpool.

The Villans’ kids fought valiantly but lost 4-1, having been tied 1-1 at half-time, thanks to three goals in five minutes in the second half from the Reds at Villa Park.

Louie Barry’s first-half equaliser was perhaps the highlight of the round with the 17-year-old still buzzing post-match despite the defeat.

In addition to the Premier League champions, all of the rest of the ‘big six’ are in the next stage of the tournament too.

Tottenham breezed past eighth-tier Marine in a 5-0 win on Sunday after Manchester City comfortably saw off Birmingham.

Elsewhere, Manchester United edged past Watford, Arsenal got the better of Newcastle in extra time and Chelsea blitzed League Two Morecambe.

Two for one 

6.30pm: So why are we getting both draws tonight, you ask? Well let me tell you…

The draws are being done back-to-back to help clubs better map out their plans for the coming weeks in this oh-so-hectic of seasons.

We still have two unplayed third-round ties, with West Ham taking on non-league Stockport County this evening.

Elsewhere, Southampton’s clash with Shrewsbury Town was called off due to a number of COVID-19 cases with the Shrews.

The Saints have yet to have their match rescheduled and there have been suggestions they could get a bye into the next round.

Good evening

6.15pm: Hello and welcome! It’s FA Cup draw day following the weekend’s third-round action and what a treat we’ve got in store for you.

That’s because we’ve got not just one but two draws to look forward to tonight, with both the fourth and fifth round ties being picked out of the pot.

Reshmin Chowdhury and Peter Crouch are expected to get us underway at around 7.10pm. 

The fourth round draw will be conducted first with the fifth round draw to be held at approximately 7.23pm.

Oddly specific from the FA but there we go! Stick with us for all the latest coverage.





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