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FA Cup 4th round draw: Chelsea get another easy draw

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Following the weekend's third round matches, 42 teams remained alive in the 2015-16 FA Cup.  Ten of those will be eliminated in the replays -- or in the case of Newport County and Blackburn Rovers, a rescheduled match due to a waterlogged pitch -- before the end of the month.  While there have been a few upsets already, including Swansea City's 3-2 loss to fourth tier Oxford United, all the big hitters are still alive.  And that probably includes Chelsea, who's best chance of winning a trophy this season remains the world's oldest football competition.

Next up for the Blues will be another easy draw with an away date against either Northampton Town or MK Dons.  Chelsea were ball #25 in tonight's draw and last out of the bag; Gianfranco Zola's legendary number proving to be a decent omen so far.

The draw in full:
West Brom OR Bristol City vs. Peterborough United
Eastleigh OR Bolton vs. Leesds United
Arsenal vs. Burnley
Derby County vs. Manchester United
Huddersfield Town OR Reading vs. Walsall
Exeter City OR Liverpool vs. West Ham
Wycombe Wanderers OR Aston Villa vs. Manchester City
Shrewsbury Town vs. Sheffield Wednesday
Nottingham Forest vs. Watford
Carlisle United OR Yeovil vs. Everton
Crystal Palace vs. Stoke City
Oxford United vs. Newport County OR Blackburn Rovers
Ipswich Town OR Portsmouth vs. Bournemouth
Colchester United vs. Tottenham OR Leicester City
Bury OR Bradford City vs. Hull City
Northampton Town OR MK Dons vs. Chelsea

The fourth round of matches is set to take place the weekend of January 30th, with matches picked for live television to be announced in the next few days.  As we all remember, our game against Bradford City was (fortunately) not televised last season,