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Rupert Wyman 4th Jan 2009 - 16:12

Merseyside Derby the pick of the fourth round ties

The FA Cup fourth round draw has thrown up the intriguing prospect of a Merseyside Derby at Anfield.

Liverpool, seven-time winners and third round conquerors of Preston on Saturday, will relish the chance to play fierce rivals and five-time winners Everton in front of their home crowd in what will no doubt be a televised tie.

Other intriguing ties include an all-Premier League tie between Man Utd and Tottenham with Sunderland against Blackburn potentially the only other all-top flight tie. Though Rovers first have to negotiate themselves past Blue Square North side Blyth Spartans on Monday evening.

With the exception of Blyth, Kettering are the lowest-ranked team left in this year's Cup. The Poppies currently sit 10th in the Blue Square Premier and following their win at home to Eastwood Town, the then lowest-ranked survivors, the Poppies have yet another home tie. This time they will welcome Premier League side Fulham to Rockingham Road.

The other non-league teams left in the Cup are Torquay and Histon. Torquay, who beat Blackpool at Plainmoor on Saturday, will welcome another Championship side to Devon in the fourth round in the form of Coventry.

Histon's match against Swansea was one of four ties on Saturday postponed due to a frozen pitch, the winners of Histon's re-arranged match will travel to either holders Portsmouth or Bristol City after the two sides drew a stalemate at Fratton Park.

Hartlepool, who beat Stoke in the third round, will host another Premier League side in the fourth round, Gianfranco Zola's West Ham. Ten-time winners Arsenal will face last year's runners-up Cardiff and a fascinating East Midlands derby is set for fourth round day at Pride Park as Nottingham Forest will make the short trip along Brian Clough Way to play Derby.

Home Team v Away Team
Birmingham/Wolves v Middlesbrough
Cardiff v Arsenal
Chelsea/Southend v Ipswich
Cheltenham/Doncaster v Aston Villa
Derby v Nottingham Forest
v West Ham
v Millwall/Crewe
v Fulham
Leyton Orient/Sheffield United
v Charlton/Norwich
v Everton
Manchester United
v Tottenham
Portsmouth/Bristol City
v Histon/Swansea
v Blyth/Blackburn
v Coventry
v Leicester/Crystal Palace
West Brom/Peterborough
v QPR/Burnley

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