There was a shortage of upsets in the fourth round of the Women’s FA Cup as only one underdog managed to go through to the next round.
Ipswich Town were the one side to cause an upset in the weekend’s Women’s FA Cup fourth-round fixtures. They beat higher-ranked side Hull away by four goals to one.
Arsenal won against fellow FA WSL side West Ham 2-0 thanks to Katie McCabe and a first club goal from Lia Wälti. Manchester United were the other top side that were eliminated as they fell at home to Manchester City.
The fifth-round draw will take place tonight. Here are our potential opponents and their ball numbers.
FA WSL sides
2 Manchester City, 4 Chelsea, 5 Everton, 7 Birmingham City, 8 Reading, 9 Bristol City
10 Tottenham Hotspur, 15 Liverpool, 16 Brighton & Hove Albion
FA WC sides
3 Lewes, 6 Leicester City, 12 Coventry United, 13 Southampton Women’s FC or Crystal Palace*
FA WNL sides (third tier)
FA WNL D1 South-East sides (fourth tier)
11 Ipswich Town
* They had to abandon this fixture due to a waterlogged pitch and we are awaiting an FA decision on the result or a replay. There is no automatic replay in the FA Women’s Cup for an abandoned game as per the rules.
Arsenal have the number 1 ball. We have a 60% chance to play an FA WSL side, 26.67% chance to get an FA WC side, and 6.67% chances to get a third or a fourth-tier team.
Obviously a home draw against Sunderland or Ipswich would be the easiest one. Chelsea or City away would be the worst possible draw.
The draw is live tonight on the BBC news channel at 6.40pm and Sue Smith and Rachel Brown-Finnis will present it.