Five Things from the FA Cup 3rd Round Results + 4th Round FA Cup Draw

Time to run the rule over the FA cup 3rd round results from the weekend, and have a look ahead at the draw for the 4th round.

FA Cup 2016-17 Quarter Finals

All the excitement of the 3rd Round of the FA Cup has died down, and now it’s all about the 4th Round FA Cup Draw.

But before we get into the 4th Round FA Cup Draw, it’s a good time to look back on the weekend’s action.

We still love the FA Cup if others don’t.

FIVE THINGS FROM THE FA Cup 3rd Round

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

As an Ipswich Town fan, now and again you wish they will break out of the cycle of mediocrity. Unfortunately that seems to be happening but it is going from mediocre to awful. For the second year in a row, Ipswich Town couldn’t get past lower league opposition at home (last year it was fourth tier Portsmouth), and on the weekend it was Lincoln City from Non League 5th tier. All reports point to Lincoln being the better side, and Ipswich needed to equalise twice in the game to save some face. Ipswich haven’t beaten anyone too high up the ladder too often in the Championship this season, and if things don’t turn around it may be League One for the first time in many decades.

LOOKS LIKE TOP 6 ARE THE GOODS

Most of the Top 6 (Liverpool aside) had good wins. Arsenal had the toughest game and snuck home. Both Manchester sides looked real good. As did Chelsea. Given how competitive the top 6 is in the EPL this year, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to have all 6 in the final 8.

FIELDING ANYTHING LESS THAN YOUR BEST IS A RISK

Liverpool named a very young side for their game against Plymouth, and one of the reasons would have been to give their main players break. Problem is that when you don’t beat the fourth tier side at home, you end up with another you didn’t really want, and away from home, a long way from home, and on a midweek evening. And you’re probably going to have to play your better players too to get through. Although resting players for the FA Cup is traditional, it should still be taken more seriously in the early rounds.

“MAGIC OF THE FA CUP”

Media outlets like the BBC wheel of this tired cliché before each FA Cup 3rd Round. All the talk about big upsets, and romantic talk of going to other grounds fill the previews.

So one wonders why every Manchester United game needs to be played. They are at 50+ in a row, and no doubt their 4th Round FA Cup against Wigan at home will be televised.

The selection of Manchester City v West Ham also stunk, and got the results they deserved. One sided blowouts.

How about once a year dropping the standards a little and televising not only games from lower divisions grounds, but ones that don’t feature any EPL sides.

Unlikely.

LOWER LEAGUE TEAMS GUARANTEED PASSAGE TO FIFTH ROUND

After the 4th Round FA Cup draw was released today, there will be five teams from outside of the EPL who are guaranteed a place in the 5th round of the FA Cup. Where no doubt the big money EPL fixtures will await.

Given there’s still replays to be played from the 3rd round, and the potential for more upsets in the 4th Round FA Cup it could be a good number of non EPL sides in the last 16.

We hope anyway.

 

TOP 5 PERFORMANCES

MANCHESTER CITY

MANCHESTER CITY

LINCOLN CITY

MILLWALL

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

 

WORST 5 PERFORMANCES

IPSWICH TOWN

WEST HAM

STOKE CITY

WEST BROM

BOURNEMOUTH

 

FA CUP ROUND 4 DRAW

Highlights:

Given that you know one of the televised games will be Manchester United v whoever they are playing regardless of division, we’ll select our favourite three other games in the hope that at least one of them are selected. Although, there will no doubt be at least one boring same old all EPL match. A match we could see every other week.

TOTTENHAM V WYCOMBE – Hopefully one for the TV as it will mean the return to our screen of the big man Adebayo Akinfenwa aka The Beast.

DERBY COUNTY v LEICESTER CITY – A midlands Derby, and a game which could happen next season in either division depending on how the form goes in the second half of the season for both teams.

AFC WIMBLEDON or SUTTON UTD v LEEDS – The great thing is that one of these lower league sides will make it to the 5th round.

FULL DRAW

Tottenham Hotspur v Wycombe Wanderers

Derby County v Leicester City

Oxford United v Newcastle United or Birmingham City

AFC Wimbledon or Sutton United v Leeds United

Plymouth Argyle or Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Southampton or Norwich City v Arsenal

Lincoln or Ipswich v Brighton

Chelsea v Brentford

Manchester United v Wigan Athletic

Millwall v Watford

Rochdale v Huddersfield Town

Burnley or Sunderland v Fleetwood Town or Bristol City

Blackburn Rovers v Barnsley or Blackpool

Fulham v Hull City

Middlesbrough v Accrington Stanley

Crystal Palace or Bolton v Manchester City

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Born and raised on the banks of Yebri Creek, Theydon Bois has always been obsessed by sport. A stellar career of Underage B sides, RSL Social Golf, C Grade Warehouse and D Grade Indoor Cricket didn’t showcase much talent, but provided a window into the love for any game, any time. Theydon follows as much as he can and will provide opinion, ideas, and best tips and bets for most sports*. A particular interest in English Football sees Theydon Bois up every Saturday night until 2am with two laptops, smartphones, IPad and a radio feed of Soccer Saturday. A lifelong fan of underperforming, mediocre, disappointing teams will not sway his enthusiasm for sport. *Rugby Union not included.

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