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Women’s FA Cup fourth round draw – The key ties

The draw for the fourth round of the Women’s FA Cup took place at 5pm this evening, following the culmination of the third round yesterday afternoon.

This round of the Women’s FA Cup sees all of the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship sides come into the competition and join teams from across multiple tiers of the National League.

There were 34 teams were in the hat for the draw, on account of there being two third round ties that are yet to be played, those being AFC Fylde vs Sunderland and Billericay Town vs Actonians. The 32 teams that will participate in the fourth round will be finalised once these games occur in due course.

The draw, which was broadcast live on TalkSPORT 2, brought us a whole host of tasty ties, but none more so than yet another Manchester derby. When Manchester United welcome Manchester City to Leigh Sports Village later this month, it will be the third time that the local rivals have met already this season, and with the two sides obtaining a win a piece so far, there is no doubt that this will be another thrilling derby day amidst a busy schedule for the two FA Women’s Super League sides.

The other all FA Women’s Super League tie sees competition mainstays Arsenal pay a visit to last year’s runners up West Ham United. It will be a tricky tie for the reigning FA Women’s Super League champions and with all to play for in the league, as well as a FA Women’s Continental Cup tie against Reading on the horizon, Joe Montemurro’s side will definitely have hoped for an easier draw. With Arsenal’s pedigree in this competition, having been winners a record 14 times, and with West Ham United surely looking to go one better than last season, this will definitely be a tie to look out for.

The first two ties out of the hat were certainly eye-catchers, but across the board there are plenty of enticing games on the schedule.

FA Women’s Championship high-flyers Aston Villa and Sheffield United were both handed home ties against FA Women’s Super League sides in what could be two of many possible upsets. Aston Villa, who are currently on a blistering unbeaten league run, will face the inconsistent Brighton & Hove Albion whilst Sheffield United drew top tier strugglers Birmingham City, who have often lacked goals this season, a far cry from The Blades’ potent attack.

Bristol City will be a side with a point to prove after drawing FA Women’s Championship side Durham in the fourth round. Whilst the two sides don’t appear to be classic rivals, they definitely have a Women’s FA Cup backstory. Last season they met in the fifth round and Durham caused somewhat of an explosive upset, running out 2-0 winners to knock a strong Bristol City side out, something they will certainly be seeking revenge for.

Elsewhere, Huddersfield Town v Ipswich Town is one of just two all National League ties of the round, whilst Tottenham were the only FA Women’s Super League side to draw a team from below the second tier; Barnsley, of the FA Women’s National League Division One North.

All Women’s FA Cup fourth round ties will be played on Sunday 26 January 2020, with information regarding tickets to be announced by clubs in due course.

The draw in full:

West Ham United vs Arsenal

Manchester United vs Manchester City

Lewes vs Billericay Town or Actonians

Charlton Athletic vs Chelsea

Everton vs London Bees

Burnley vs Leicester City

Sheffield United vs Birmingham City

London City Lionesses vs Reading

Bristol City vs Durham

Tottenham Hotspur vs Barnsley

Huddersfield Town vs Ipswich Town

Southampton FC Women vs Coventry United

Southampton Women FC vs Crystal Palace

AFC Fylde or Sunderland vs Watford

Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers

Aston Villa vs Brighton and Hove Albion

By Lauren Coffman (@laurenjsport)

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