Newport County Eastleigh FA Cup

NEWPORT, WALES - JANUARY 06: Chris Maguire of Eastleigh attempts to clear the ball from danger during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Eastleigh at Rodney Parade on January 06, 2024 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Newport County Given Manchester United Carrot If They Can Stick It To Eastleigh


By David Williams

Newport County have been given a huge incentive to win their FA Cup third round replay against non-League Eastleigh – a home tie in the next round against Manchester United.

League Two Newport – who have a rich giant-killing pedigree in recent years in both the FA Cup and League Cup – must go to National League side Eastleigh for a replay after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Rodney Parade.

The winners of the tie will host Manchester United on the weekend of January 27.

Swansea City will travel to Premier League Bournemouth in round four, while Wrexham go to Blackburn Rovers.

Manchester United booked their place in round four with a 2-0 win at Wigan on Monday night.

FA Cup holders Manchester City have been drawn away to Tottenham in the fourth round, while Maidstone United – the lowest-ranked side left in the competition – travel to Championship high-flyers Ipswich.

There are potentially six all-Premier League ties with Chelsea hosting Aston Villa, and Newcastle going to Fulham.

Liverpool, who beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, will be at home against either Norwich or Bristol Rovers.

The draw has also raised the possibility of a Black Country derby between West Brom and Wolves, with the Premier League side needing to win their replay against Brentford to set up a fourth-round tie at the Hawthorns.

FA Cup fourth-round draw in full

Watford vs Southampton

Blackburn vs Wrexham

Bournemouth vs Swansea

West Brom vs Brentford or Wolves

West Ham or Bristol City vs Nottingham Forest or Blackpool

Leicester vs Hull or Birmingham

Sheffield Wednesday vs Coventry

Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Ipswich vs Maidstone United

Liverpool vs Norwich or Bristol Rovers

Tottenham vs Manchester City

Leeds vs Plymouth

Crystal Palace or Everton vs Luton or Bolton

Newport or Eastleigh vs Manchester United

Sheffield United vs Brighton

Fulham vs Newcastle


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