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FA Cup 2014: Dates, Fixtures and Predictions for 4th Round

Lukas Podolski could be given a chance to impress for Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Lukas Podolski could be given a chance to impress for Arsenal in the FA Cup.Ian Walton/Getty Images
Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 24, 2014

With Manchester United and Tottenham already out of this year's FA Cup, the big sides have been served with a warning that they can't take their route to the later stages for granted.

Manchester City, seemingly unplayable at the moment, were held by Championship side Blackburn in the third round, Aston Villa were beaten by League One's Sheffield United and West Ham were thrashed by Nottingham Forest.

In the fourth round, the Premier League's top four, Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool, are all in action and it will be interesting to see how they approach the cup with important league games on the horizon.

Below is a full breakdown of every fourth round game as we approach another weekend of FA Cup action with potential for thrills, spills and upsets galore.

FA Cup Fourth Round Fixtures and Predictions
FixtureDateTimePredictionViewing Info.
Arsenal vs. CoventryJan 247:45 p.m. GMT3-0BT Sport
Nottingham Forest vs. PrestonJan 248 p.m. GMT2-1
Bournemouth vs. LiverpoolJan 2512:45 p.m. GMT2-3ITV
Birmingham vs. SwanseaJan 253 p.m. GMT1-3
Bolton vs. CardiffJan 253 p.m. GMT1-2
Huddersfield vs. CharltonJan 253 p.m. GMT1-1
Manchester City vs. WatfordJan 253 p.m. GMT4-0
Port Vale vs. BrightonJan 253 p.m. GMT0-2
Rochdale vs. Sheffield WedJan 253 p.m. GMT2-0
Southampton vs. YeovilJan 253 p.m. GMT3-0
Southend vs. HullJan 253 p.m. GMT2-2
Sunderland vs. KidderminsterJan 253 p.m. GMT1-1
Wigan vs. Crystal PalaceJan 253 p.m. GMT1-3
Stevenage vs. EvertonJan 255:30 p.m. GMT0-3BT Sport
Sheffield United vs. FulhamJan 261 p.m. GMT1-3BT Sport
Chelsea vs. StokeJan 263:30 p.m. GMT3-0ITV
BBC Sport

Arsene Wenger may rotate against Coventry.
Arsene Wenger may rotate against Coventry.Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

 

Arsenal vs. Coventry

With the fixtures coming thick and fast for the Gunners, Arsene Wenger could take the opportunity to assess his squad's depth against League One Coventry on Friday evening.

As reported by Sky Sports, Wenger has claimed a signing in the January transfer window is unlikely. So it is down to those in the squad to help end the wait for silverware.

Per Arsenal's official website, Nicklas Bendtner is back in contention, while the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski could also be given a chance, as could some of the club's younger players.

Coventry, unbeaten in 2014, will put up a fight but expect Arsenal to outclass them and win by a comfortable margin.

 

Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Coventry

Will Luis Suarez be benched at Bournemouth?
Will Luis Suarez be benched at Bournemouth?Michael Regan/Getty Images

 

Bournemouth vs. Liverpool

Liverpool will also look to test their squad depth when they travel to the south coast on Saturday and although they will not start a full side against the Cherries, they are likely to keep plenty in reserve in order to avoid an upset similar to last season when they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Oldham.

Brendan Rodgers has built a strong first team at Liverpool, but they are struggling defensively and injury to Glen Johnson, confirmed by Rodgers on Thursday, and reported by Carl Markham in the Independent, leaves the club short of options.

The Reds should progress but as they tinker with formations and personnel, an organised and hardworking Bournemouth side could test their mettle.

 

Prediction: Bournemouth 2-3 Liverpool

Sunderland celebrate reaching the Capital One Cup final, but can they keep it up?
Sunderland celebrate reaching the Capital One Cup final, but can they keep it up?Jon Super/Associated Press

 

Sunderland vs. Kidderminster

Sunderland's midweek exploits could take their toll, both physically and mentally, following a penalty shootout win against Manchester United in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg that came after playing 120 minutes.

Although the Black Cats will be on cloud nine, and the players will be trying to earn a place in the team for the trip to Wembley, manager Gus Poyet is likely to make changes with one eye on the Premier League.

Ultimately top-flight survival is the most important thing on the club's agenda and it is within reach after a much-improved run of form in recent weeks. But if they take their eye off the ball they could be caught out, in classic FA Cup style, by a spirited Kidderminster side pushing for promotion from the Conference.

 

Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 Kidderminster

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