After another weekend of FA Cup action, the path to the 2014 title is all that much clearer following the announcements of the fourth round fixtures.
This weekend's proceedings provided the usual batch of upsets that fans have come to expect from the competition, with giants being slain in favour of smaller sides looking to lay down their mark.
Although we have a host of third round matchups left to be replayed, the fourth-round timetable once again pits Premier League sides against their lower league rivals, with one of England's biggest honours coming into clearer view.
Read on for the full list of the fourth round's matchups, as well as a breakdown of teams to watch in the next phase of the tournament based on their most recent outings.
|2013-14 FA Cup Fourth Round Fixtures|
|Sunderland or Carlisle United vs. Kidderminster or Peterborough||Jan. 25/26|
|Bolton Wanderers vs. Cardiff City||Jan. 25/26|
|Southampton vs. Yeovil Town||Jan. 25/26|
|Huddersfield Town vs. Charlton Athletic or Oxford United||Jan. 25/26|
|Port Vale or Plymouth vs. Brighton||Jan. 25/26|
|Nottingham Forest vs. Ipswich or Preston||Jan. 25/26|
|Southend United vs. Hull City||Jan. 25/26|
|Rochdale vs. Macclesfield or Sheffield Wednesday||Jan. 25/26|
|Arsenal vs. Coventry City||Jan. 25/26|
|Stevenage vs. Everton||Jan. 25/26|
|Wigan Athletic or MK Dons vs. Crystal Palace||Jan. 25/26|
|Derby or Chelsea vs. Stoke City||Jan. 25/26|
|Blackburn Rovers or Manchester City vs. Bristol City or Watford||Jan. 25/26|
|Bournemouth or Burton vs. Liverpool or Oldham||Jan. 25/26|
|Birmingham City or Bristol Rovers or Crawley Town vs. Manchester United or Swansea City||Jan. 25/26|
|Sheffield United vs. Norwich City or Fulham||Jan. 25/26|
Fourth Round Teams to Watch
Arsenal's hopes of ending their nine-year silverware drought took a major turn for the better on Saturday as the Gunners pulled off their second north London derby success of the campaign.
Arsene Wenger fielded a weakened side, handing the likes of Lukasz Fabianski, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal some rare starts against top-flight opposition.
However, depth is a necessary trait for any club hoping to compete on multiple frontiers, and Arsenal's most recent display showed vindication in the pursuit of keeping up their impressive start to the season.
As the club's official Twitter account confirmed, the Gunners play host to Coventry City in the next round, and will be hopeful of once again being able to rest some first-team stars against their League One opponents:
Southampton's 4-3 win over Burnley was far from pretty, but a rugged approach can often be the most effective one in matters such as the FA Cup.
Mauricio Pochettino's men have now conceded three goals in each of their matches thus far in 2014, despite managing to prevent leaking that many goals on even one occasion during the first half of the season.
While that may show that the Saints' seemingly staunch defence may be loosening up, it should be noted that Pochettino made no less than five changes from the side that lost 3-0 to Chelsea on New Year's day.
For Southampton, it's a visit of Yeovil Town that's next on the agenda, the second Championship test for the south-coast outfit in succession and a tricky examination of Pochettino's side.
Roberto Martinez's tactical nuance once again came to the fore in Everton's 4-0 thrashing of QPR on Saturday, with even a side consisting largely of second-string characters enough to take centre stage in this drama.
The likes of Nikica Jelavic, John Stones, Antolin Alcaraz, Bryan Oviedo and Steven Naismith held a good account of their abilities in the triumph, against a team who could be back in Premier League competition next term at their current league rate.
Martinez's ability to smoothly transition between a 3-5-2 and 4-4-2 formation thanks to the players under his command is a valuable tool that's proved vital to the Toffees' success of recent months.
That being said, the quality of players in the squad at Goodison Park is what has lent itself so well to Everton's ongoing FA Cup surge.
The fourth round will see Everton take on Stevenage for the second time this term, as the club's official Twitter account confirm:
Although Martinez will by no means be taking the matchup lightly, the Spaniard should again be hopeful of handing some of his stars a break for the upcoming examination, their League One opponents having already shown that their vulnerable to the Merseyside outfit.
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