Tricky Trotters Tie Awaits Arsenal
FA Cup holders Arsenal face an awkward trip to the Reebok Stadium later this month as the draw for the fourth round of the competition threw up three all-Premiership ties. As well as the Gunners' date with Bolton, Liverpool must travel to Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth, while West Ham will play host to Blackburn.
The most important thing you want is a home draw. We've got that, and against Arsenal it makes it a very big game and one we are very much looking forward to, said Bolton manager Sam Allardyce. We lost to the them in the quarter-finals last year. But our past record against them has been exceptionally good in the league. We have beaten them twice here at the Reebok, and our fans will relish the chance to do it in the FA Cup. It's not that long ago we managed to beat them 2-0 here, and that might be on their minds.
Leyton Orient's reward for eliminating Fulham is another top-flight opponent from the capital, Charlton, who will host the League Two minnows at The Valley. Os manager Martin Ling has warned his players each utterance of the south-east Londoners' name will cost them ?10. I will give them until the end of tomorrow's training session to talk about Charlton, and after that it will be banned, Ling said. It will only cost them a tenner each and it will all go into the players' pool, but we did a similar thing before the Fulham game.
Should they somehow better yesterday's goalless draw at home to Manchester United, Burton Albion will visit Wolves. It is a great draw for Manchester United and Wolves, joked Burton captain Darren Stride. We'll be lucky to get there - but we'll try our hardest. If we get there it will be another great draw for us. Physio Matt Brown, a Wolves fan, added: It is what I've always wanted. We've got to get past Manchester United first - but I'd love to go to Molineux.
Nuneaton Borough's incentive to win their replay at Middlesbrough, is the prospect of a short trip to near-neighbours Coventry. Fellow non-leaguers Tamworth will face Barnsley or Walsall at home if they can see off Stoke in a replay, having forced a 0-0 draw at the Britannia Stadium.
Cheltenham and Chester have the carrot of a home tie against Newcastle when they face each other in a replay next week, with the Magpies having made hard work of beating League Two Mansfield at St James' Park.
Chelsea will travel to play Millwall or Everton, who replay at Goodison Park next week, while Leicester's reward for their 3-2 comeback victory over Tottenham is another home clash, this time against Championship rivals Southampton.
A midlands derby could be in the offing if West Brom and Birmingham can come past Reading and Torquay in their respective replays, and Colchester, conquerors of Sheffield United in the third round, will be confident of claiming another Championship scalp when Derby travel to Layer Road.
Brentford, who beat Stockport, have been handed a home tie against Sunderland, Manchester City will face Wigan or Leeds at Eastlands, and Aston Villa will entertain Port Vale.