The fourth round of the 2013-14 FA Cup is continuing on Saturday, Jan. 25, with a huge slate of games that features many of England's best, and there will be some key matchups to look for.
A couple of the Premier League's top clubs are in action on Jan. 25, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton all in the fixtures, so it's assured that there will be some top talent featured amid Saturday's games.
Also, defending champions Wigan Athletic will have to lay their crown on the line with a crucial match against Crystal Palace.
While none of these teams are putting the EPL in the back seat for the FA Cup, these squads will certainly be battling for one of the most coveted trophies in all of world football.
Let's take a look at the schedules for every matchup and highlight the key games.
|2013-14 FA Cup: Fourth Round|
|Home Team||Away Team||Date||Time (ET, GMT)|
|Nottingham Forest||Preston North End||0-0||-|
|AFC Bournemouth||Liverpool||Sat., Jan. 25||7:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m.|
|Birmingham City||Swansea City||Sat., Jan. 25||10 a.m., 3 p.m.|
|Bolton Wanderers||Cardiff City||Sat., Jan. 25||10 a.m., 3 p.m.|
|Huddersfield Town||Charlton Athletic||Sat., Jan. 25||10 a.m., 3 p.m.|
|Manchester City||Watford||Sat., Jan. 25||10 a.m., 3 p.m.|
|Port Vale||Brighton & Hove Albion||Sat., Jan. 25||10 a.m., 3 p.m.|
|Rochdale||Sheffield Wednesday||Sat., Jan. 25||10 a.m., 3 p.m.|
|Southampton||Yeovil Town||Sat., Jan. 25||10 a.m., 3 p.m.|
|Southend United||Hull City||Sat., Jan. 25||10 a.m., 3 p.m.|
|Sunderland||Kidderminster Harriers||Sat., Jan. 25||10 a.m., 3 p.m.|
|Wigan Athletic||Crystal Palace||Sat., Jan. 25||10 a.m., 3 p.m.|
|Stevenage||Everton||Sat., Jan. 25||12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.|
AFC Bournemouth vs. Liverpool
Liverpool head into a matchup against AFC Bournemouth in which the Reds certainly should be the favorites to win, but they could face danger in this one.
Brendan Rodgers' squad has lost three of their last five fixtures away from home, and the championship club will be bringing their most raucous crowd considering the stakes and level of competition.
However, Liverpool have gotten a result in each of their last four matches in all competitions, and Luis Suarez has three goals in that short span. Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge are finally back healthy, which means the Reds are firing on all cylinders offensively and should take care of business here.
Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban is going to be a big key to their offense. He has 11 goals in league play, and the 26-year-old is the club's main shot-taker. If the offense can open up for him, Liverpool's defense could be in trouble.
Manchester City vs. Watford
There's hot, and then there's on fire, which Manchester City has been recently. Manuel Pellegrini and company have been more than on fire as of late, winning 16 of their last 18 matches and drawing the other two.
Watford come into the Emirates Stadium not in the most dangerous of forms, ranking a mere 15th in the Championship table. But according to Pellegrini, per PA Sport via ESPN FC, City won't, and shouldn't, take them lightly.
"It is a team that is not in a very good position in the Championship, but all the managers know the cup games are different games," Pellegrini said, per ESPN FC. "There is more motivation for a Championship team to beat a Premier League team, so I am absolutely sure we are going to have a very difficult game."
It would be a big surprise if City were to have any problems against a team of Watford's stature, especially with them playing at home, where they always seem to dominate. No matter who starts for them, City are usually good for three or four goals, and that will be more than enough to beat Watford at home.
Wigan Athletic vs. Crystal Palace
Wigan Athletic stunned Manchester City in last year's FA Cup Final, and they could keep their pace to face City again late in the tournament with a win over Crystal Palace on Jan. 25.
Wigan have gotten results in six of their last seven matches, but that one is a 3-0 defeat on Jan. 18 to Doncaster Rovers. However, it's assured that Wigan's crowd will be crazy in the hopes of continuing their title defense of the FA Cup.
Crystal Palace are in a much different position, as the Premier League club is squarely focused on avoiding relegation—they're currently in 16th but are two points away from relegation. The fourth round of the FA Cup is where clubs will start to turn it on for a run at the cup, but Crystal Palace expending too much energy for a failed cup bid could end up hindering their quest to remain in the Premier League.
Either way, Crystal Palace will be fighting hard for the prospect of advancing, and them bringing that mentality into an environment like Wigan's is the recipe for a thrilling match.
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