Football: Heavyweights dodge each other in FA Cup 4th-round draw

LONDON (AFP) - English Premier League leaders Arsenal were handed a home tie against third-tier Coventry City in the draw for the fourth round of football's FA Cup on Sunday.

Arsenal, who last won the tournament in 2005, booked their place in round four with a 2-0 defeat of north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, while Coventry won 2-1 at Barnsley.

The Premier League's heavyweight clubs were kept apart in the draw, although Chelsea will face a home game against Stoke City if they win at Derby County later on Sunday.

Lower-league teams Bristol Rovers and Crawley Town, meanwhile, were given a potential shot at a home tie with Manchester United.

Fourth-tier Rovers and third-tier Crawley are still to play their second-round tie, which has twice been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, with the winners set to face Championship side Birmingham City.

If either side reach round four, they will face the winners of the third-round tie between United and Swansea City that was due to take place later on Sunday.

Third-division Sheffield United's reward for upsetting Aston Villa was a home game against another top-flight team as Nigel Clough's side were drawn to face either Norwich City or Fulham.

Draw for the fourth round of the English FA Cup, made at Wembley Stadium in

London on Sunday (ties to be played on Jan 25-26):

Sunderland or Carlisle United v Kidderminster Harriers or Peterborough


Bolton Wanderers v Cardiff City

Southampton v Yeovil Town

Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic or Oxford United

Port Vale or Plymouth Argyle v Brighton and Hove Albion

Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town or Preston North End

Southend United v Hull City

Rochdale v Macclesfield Town or Sheffield Wednesday

Arsenal v Coventry City

Stevenage v Everton

Wigan Athletic or Milton Keynes Dons v Crystal Palace

Derby County or Chelsea v Stoke City

Blackburn Rovers or Manchester City v Bristol City or Watford

Bournemouth or Burton Albion v Liverpool or Oldham Athletic

Birmingham City or Bristol Rovers or Crawley Town v Manchester United or

Swansea City

Sheffield United v Norwich City or Fulham