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FA Cup: Manchester City could face Arsenal showdown

An explosive third-round weekend of FA Cup action may be close to completion, but the anticipation is already building towards the fourth round following Sunday's draw.

Seven Premier League teams have been eliminated, while Liverpool and Wolves are set for a replay, as are Leeds United and Cardiff City.

Meanwhile, Arsenal face Oxford United on Monday, with the U's eyeing up a massive FA Cup upset.

They will have the chance to cause another if they get through, with the winner going on to face Manchester City.

If the Gunners progress, it will be all eyes on the Etihad as the current top two in the Premier League do battle for the first time this season, before their league meetings on 15th February and 26th April.

WhatFA Cup 2022/23
WhereFinal at Wembley Stadium, London
WhenFinal, Saturday 3rd June
How to watchSelected matches live on BBC and ITV, bet365’s Sports Live Streaming
OddsManchester City 5/2, Manchester United 9/2, Tottenham 7/1, Liverpool 9/1, Arsenal 10/1

Ince returning to Old Trafford

One story to follow ahead of the ties taking place between 27th to 30th January will be Paul Ince's return to Manchester United.

The Reading boss was part of the Red Devils team who won the first two Premier League titles.

Despite leaving under somewhat of a cloud in the summer of 1995 and later joining Liverpool, Ince is likely to get a decent reception from those in the Old Trafford crowd who still remember 'The Guv'nor'.

Tottenham also face Championship opposition, having been drawn to travel to two-time winners Preston North End, as do Fulham who host 3/1 Sunderland.

Blackpool's reward for vanquishing Nottingham Forest is a trip to Southampton, who got the better of Crystal Palace.

The Seasiders are 5/1 to get the Full Time Result at St Mary's, while Brighton will play an all-Premier League tie against the winner of the replay between Wolves and Liverpool.

Blades next up for Wrexham

Wrexham were one of the stories of Saturday's games, winning 4-3 at Championship side Coventry City.

They can look forward to taking on another second-tier team, this time on home turf at the Racecourse Ground. Sheffield United are the visitors and the hosts are 19/5 in the Full Time Result market.

The Blades had too much for Milwall, winning 2-0 at The Den and will now head west to north Wales to face a side eyeing their first visit to the fifth round since reaching the quarter-finals in 1996/97.

Wrexham's famous owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney will be keen observers and whatever happens, it is sure to make compelling viewing once the second series of 'Welcome to Wrexham' airs later in the year.

The Red Dragons are one of three National League sides still in the draw. Boreham Wood will need to win their replay at Accrington Stanley to progress to a fourth round tie against either Cardiff or Leeds.

Meanwhile, after Saturday's cruel last-gasp 3-3 draw at home to West Brom, Chesterfield will look to win at The Hawthorns on 17th January, with the winner billed to take on either Bristol City or Swansea City.

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EFL standing strong

There will definitely be a League One side in the fifth round after Newcastle United's conquerors Sheffield Wednesday were drawn to face Fleetwood Town, who got the better of QPR by the same 2-1 scoreline.

Accrington could add to the third-tier's cohort, as could Oxford.

Meanwhile, 1978 winners Ipswich Town have ended their 13-year wait for a fourth round appearance and will need to overcome Championship leaders Burnley if they are to reach the last 16 for the first time since 2007.

Forest Green Rovers are also in the draw for the fourth round for the first time, albeit having seen their third round tie with Birmingham City postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The winner of that rearranged fixture will face Blackburn Rovers after they won 1-0 at Norwich City in David Wagner's first game in charge of the Canaries.

Meanwhile, Derby County, who lifted the cup in 1946, will hope to make the most of West Ham's poor form and are 5/1 in the Full Time Result market.

Potters next up for Stevenage

There is also League Two representation in the fourth round with Grimsby Town facing the winner of the replay between Championship pair Luton Town and Wigan Athletic.

Fellow fourth-tier outfit Walsall have a plum tie as they welcome Leicester City to the Banks's Stadium, while Stevenage caused a massive upset on Sunday, coming from 1-0 down after 88 minutes to win 2-1 at rejuvenated Aston Villa.

Manager Steve Evans proudly declared that his players "have hearts the size of Big Ben" and they will now face Stoke City, who avoided a banana skin by sweeping past another League Two side, Hartlepool, 3-0.

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