FA Cup 4th round draw results


Premier League clubs entered the 2021-22 FA Cup in the third round this weekend, with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham joining Chelsea in the fourth round, while Arsenal were were beaten by a second-division side.

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Below is a roundup of all of Saturday and Sunday’s results in the third round of the FA Cup, plus highlights and all-important results of the fourth round draw…

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Arsenal

Sunday’s big Cupset saw Arsenal bounced in the third round, as 9th-place EFL Championship side Nottingham Forest (25 places below the Gunners in the English football pyramid) scored the game’s only goal through Lewis Grabban in the 83rd minute. Grabban got on the end of Ryan Yates’ cross and poked it home to create a City Ground memory that 30,000-plus fans will not soon forget.

Arsenal were one of only two Premier League sides to be knocked out of the FA Cup on Sunday (the other, Leeds United, faced a fellow PL side).

Tottenham 3-1 Morecambe

On paper, it might look like Tottenham were never made to sweat as they cruised past League One side Morecambe and into the fourth round. On the perfectly manicured grass inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, it was another story completely.

The Shrimps went 1-0 ahead in the 33rd minute, when Anthony O’Connor volleyed home from 10 yards out, and they held that lead until the game’s final quarter-hour. Then, it all came crashing down around them, as Tottenham scored three times in 14 minutes, as if the first 73 never happened.

Harry Kane and Lucas Moura came on as substitutes in the 69th minute, and the duo immediately changed the game and helped Tottenham pile on a more constant pressure in front of Morecambe’s goal. But first, Harry Winks got the equalizer from a free kick that no one touched and the ball found the back of the net on its own.

Moura rounded the goalkeeper to slot the winner home in the 85th minute and Kane completely the scoring by slotting home from a quick counter-attack three minutes later.

Liverpool 4-1 Shrewsbury Town

Like Spurs, Liverpool found themselves a goal down to a third-division side after a half-hour. Daniel Udoh slid in to turn home a cross in the 27th minute, though the advantage was short-lived, as Kaide Gordon (17 years old from Liverpool’s academy) made it 1-1 with a cool finish in the 34th. Fabinho converted what turned out to be the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 44th.

Roberto Firmino added Liverpool’s third goal in the 78th and Fabinho completed the scoring in the 93rd.

West Ham United 2-0 Leeds United

West Ham scored once in each half to secure a comfortable 2-0 victory in Sunday’s only all-Premier League tie. Manuel Lanzini smashed a shot through a sea of bodies and found the back of the net to make it 1-0 in the 34th minute.

Jarrod Bowen finished a devastating counter-attack after Michail Antonio played him into the penalty area with only Illan Meslier left to beat. Bowen slid the ball between Meslier’s legs, and West ham were through to the fourth round.

Wolves 3-0 Sheffield United

Daniel Podence bagged a brace (14th and 80th minutes), sandwiching a goal from Nelson Semedo in the 72nd, as Wolves continued their fine run of form with just two defeats (to Liverpool and Manchester City) in their last nine games (all competitions).

Chelsea 5-1 Chesterfield

Chelsea were 3-0 ahead by the 20th minute, as they cruised to a comfortable home victory over National League (fifth-division) side Chesterfield.

Timo Werner opened the scoring after just six minutes, followed by goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi 12 minutes later and Romelu Lukaku two minutes after that. Andreas Christensen made it 4-0 in the 39th minute and Hakim Ziyech completed Chelsea’s scoring from the penalty spot in the 55th.

Akwasi Asante pulled a goal back in the 80th minute, as the Spireites were knocked out after two wins to reach the third round — but not before collecting the sizable windfall of ticket sales which comes from playing a third round FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge, with its capacity of nearly 42,000.

Newcastle United 0-1 Cambridge United

The shocking result of the round occurred at St. James’ Park, where Newcastle were bounced by Cambridge United of League One, 41 places below the Magpies in the English football pyramid (16th place in the third division).

Joe Ironside scored the game’s only goal in the 56th minute, resulting from a sequence of comedic defending by Newcastle inside their own penalty area. Martin Dubravka rushed out to smother an innocuous half-chance but lost his grip on the ball and spill it inside the six-yard box. The ensuing shot was headed off the goal line, but only as far as Ironside, who tracked back wrapped his right foot around the ball on the half-volley, somehow guiding it past three black and white-striped shirts.

Leicester City 4-1 Watford

Youri Tielemans (penalty kick) and James Madison put the Foxes 2-0 ahead after 25 minutes, but the Hornets hit back through Joao Pedro just two minutes later and looked like turning Saturday’s only all-Premier League clash into a thriller. Unfortunately for the neutrals, Harvey Barnes restored the two-goal lead in the 54th minute and Marc Albrighton completed the scoring in the 85th.

Port Vale 1-4 Brentford

Brentford’s 4-1 victory might sound a bit more comfortable than it was in reality, despite the fact that League Two side Port Vale took just one shot in the game (and scored from it).

Marcus Forss opened the scoring in the 26th minute and Bryan Mbeumo scored his first goal in the 66th to make it 2-0. Port Vale halved the lead when Kian Harratt got the lone shot off in the 70th minute, but Mbeumo quickly brought it back at 3-1 and then completed his hat trick from the penalty spot in the 87th.

FA Cup 3rd round fixtures & results

FA Cup 3rd round results

Friday, Jan. 7

Swindon Town 1-4 Manchester City — FULL RECAP

Saturday, Jan. 8
Mansfield Town 2-3 Middlesbrough
Hartlepool United 2-1 Blackpool
Coventry City 1-0 Derby County
Burnley 1-2 Huddersfield Town
Bristol City 0-1 (AET) Fulham
Millwall 1-2 Crystal Palace
Newcastle United 0-1 Cambridge United
Barnsley 5-4 (AET) Barrow
Peterborough United 2-1 Bristol Rovers
Leicester City 4-1 Watford
Port Vale 1-4 Brentford
Wigan Athletic 3-2 Blackburn Rovers
Boreham Wood  2-0 AFC Wimbledon
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 (AET) Brighton & Hove Albion
Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 Reading
Queens Park Rangers 1-1 (8-7 PKs) Rotherham
Hull City 2-3 (AET) Everton
Chelsea 5-1 Chesterfield
Swansea City 2-3 (AET) Southampton
Birmingham City 0-1 (AET) Plymouth Argyle
Yeovil Town 1-3 Bournemouth

Sunday, Jan. 9

Luton Town 4-0 Harrogate Town
Stoke City 2-0 Leyton Orient
Cardiff 2-1 (AET) Preston North End
Charlton Athletic 0-1 Norwich City
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Morecambe
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Sheffield United
West Ham United 2-0 Leeds United
Liverpool 4-1 Shrewsbury Town
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Arsenal

FA Cup fourth round draw results & fixtures

4th round to be played the weekend of Feb. 4-7

Crystal Palace vs Hartlepool
Bournemouth vs Boreham Wood
Huddersfield Town vs Barnsley
Peterborough vs Queens Park Rangers
Cambridge United vs Luton Town
Southampton vs Coventry City
Chelsea vs Plymouth Argyle
Everton vs Brentford
Kidderminster Harriers vs West Ham United
Manchester United/Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough
Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Liverpool vs Cardiff City
Stoke City vs Wigan Athletic
Nottingham Forest vs Leicester City
Manchester City vs Fulham
Wolves vs Norwich City

USMNT strikers Ricardo Pepi, Daryl Dike set for European transfers


A pair of young USMNT strikers, Ricardo Pepi and Daryl Dike, are making the jump from MLS to Europe just as 2022, year of the World Cup, begins.

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Pepi, 18, and Dike, 21, are set to complete transfers to Germany and England, respectively, where they will join Augsburg (reportedly) and West Bromwich Albion (confirmed). Combined, Pepi and Dike will see MLS and the players’ clubs — FC Dallas and Orlando City SC — receive over $30 million in transfer fees.

Ricardo Pepi to Augsburg, Bundesliga

According to Fabrizio Romano, Ricardo Pepi and his agent are traveling to Bavaria, where the El Paso-born, 6-foot-1 striker will undergo medical tests on Sunday.

Wolfsburg were the longtime favorites as Pepi’s European landing spot, but they reportedly failed to agree a transfer fee package with FC Dallas, while Augsburg agreed their deal in principle this weekend.

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Pepi is a polished professional for a player of his age, but he still has a long way to go to reach the heights the USMNT need him to reach to make a deep run in upcoming World Cups. He’s already the most complete striker in the USMNT player pool, but that’s more an indictment of the rest of Gregg Berhalter’s options than Pepi surging past a series of established stars. Don’t let the backdrop distract from the fact that Pepi is still very raw with lots to improve upon.

As so many budding USMNT stars have shown in recent years, Germany will be an ideal place for Pepi to learn, and he will have to do so quickly. Halfway through the 2021-22 Bundesliga season (17 games remaining), Augsburg sit 15th in the table, one spot and one point above the relegation playoff place, and two points and two places above the automatic relegation spot in 17th.

Darly Dike to West Brom

West Brom reportedly agreed to pay Orlando City $9.5 million to bring Daryl Dike to The Hawthorns, where he’ll once again try to help an EFL Championship side win promotion to the Premier League.

West Brom sit 4th in the Championship table, two places and four points behind 2nd-place Fulham, who currently occupy the second and final automatic promotion place. Through 24 games this season, West Brom have scored 11 fewer goals than any of the three sides currently above them in the table.

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It was Dike’s arrival at Barnsley last January which spurred the much smaller South Yorkshire club to an unlikely run to the promotion playoffs, where they were beaten by Swansea City in the semifinals. Dike scored nine goals in 19 games for the Tykes.

There were rumors of Premier League clubs being interested in Dike following the end of his loan to Barnsley, but Orlando City were reportedly holding out for a fee in the neighborhood of $20 million, perhaps leading them to reject a bid (or bids) larger than the $9.5 million they ultimate received.

Premier League 2021 table: The calendar year standings


The Premier League table for 2021 as a calendar year is absolutely fascinating to look at.

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As we close out a wild 12 months across the Premier League, below is the table based on the results in 2021.

It takes into account every single Premier League game played in 2021 as a calendar year and even if teams have only spent half the season in the top-flight due to promotion or relegation, they have been included.

All of that leads to a bizarre looking table, and here are a few key takeaways from 2021.

Premier League 2021 table takeaways

  • Manchester City are 27 points clear at the top. 27. Pep Guardiola’s side recorded the most points in a calendar year in top-flight history. Incredible.
  • Guess what? Man City also scored 113 goals, 32 more than the next best team, Liverpool. Again, that is ridiculous.
  • Man City also won 36 of their 44 games in 2021.
  • Chelsea and Man City have the equal best defensive record based on 2021, as both teams conceded just 32 goals. Chelsea did play two games less than Man City, but their defensive record under Thomas Tuchel was one of the stories of the year.
  • Arsenal have had a sneaky good 2021, as Liverpool only won one more point than the Gunners. Think about that.
  • West Ham won over half of their games in 2021 (22 from 41 games) accumulating 73 points which puts them just four points behind Liverpool. What a year for David Moyes’ side.
  • 2021 has been a year to forget for three teams: Burnley, Newcastle and Southampton. All three are comfortably the worst teams who have played across both seasons as Newcastle and Saints have conceded the most goals (80 and 78 respectively). Will all three of these teams be in the PL next season…
  • Aston Villa, Southampton and Newcastle all lost 21 times in 2021. Saints managed to do that with one fewer game played than Villa and Newcastle.
  • Brighton have accumulated 52 points in 2021, as Graham Potter continues to do a fine job and somehow the Seagulls continue to fly under the radar. They also recorded more draws than any other PL team, drawing 16 of their 40 games.

And here is the 2021 calendar year table in full.

Premier League 2021 table in full

Manchester City 44 36 2 6 113 32 81 110
Chelsea 42 24 11 7 70 32 38 83
Liverpool 41 23 8 10 81 38 43 77
Arsenal 41 23 7 11 71 43 28 76
Manchester United 41 21 12 8 72 47 25 75
West Ham United 41 22 7 12 73 51 22 73
Tottenham Hotspur 40 20 6 14 64 50 14 66
Leicester City 40 18 8 14 70 63 7 62
Brighton and Hove Albion 40 12 16 12 39 39 0 52
Leeds United 40 14 10 16 50 60 -10 52
Aston Villa 42 15 6 21 51 60 -9 51
Wolverhampton Wanderers 40 13 10 17 34 45 -11 49
Everton 40 13 10 17 42 58 -16 49
Crystal Palace 41 12 12 17 48 64 -16 48
Southampton 41 9 11 21 42 78 -36 38
Newcastle United 42 8 13 21 48 80 -32 37
Burnley 39 7 13 19 39 59 -20 34
Sheffield United 22 7 0 15 12 36 -24 21
Brentford 18 5 5 8 21 25 -4 20
West Bromwich Albion 22 4 6 12 24 41 -17 18
Fulham 23 3 8 12 14 30 -16 17
Watford 17 4 1 12 22 35 -13 13
Norwich City 19 2 4 13 8 42 -34 10

Transfer news: USMNT’s Dest to Arsenal, Dike to Palace; Paqueta to Newcastle


It’s beginning to look a lot like… transfer season.

Yes, the lowercase h holiday that is the January transfer window is coming soon, and the Tuesday rumors have not stopped with Erling Haaland and Boubacar Kamara‘s possible Premier League moves.

[ MORE: Arsenal smashes Sunderland as Pepe, Nketiah turn on the flash ]

Newcastle United, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich are all in the transfer news on Tuesday evening, though only one looks likely to come away happy from the following pursuit.

Lucas Paqueta to Newcastle

Tyneside tongues will be wagging at the idea that Newcastle’s identified Lucas Paqueta as a “primary target,” but there’s bad news according to Le10 Sport.

Lyon is not ready to part with Paqueta, according to L1S,  at least not for the opening bid of $45 million offered by the Magpies.

Paqueta also may just not want to go to Newcastle with the Magpies potentially set for the drop despite rich new ownership from Saudi Arabia.

Paqueta is already into double digits in goal contributions this year for Lyon, but Marca says a super-rich contract offer from the St. James’ Park set has so far not been enough to woo him.

And this will be the problem for Newcastle when it comes to exceptional and ambitious talents, who won’t be antsy to sign their primes away for money if it means a distinct lack of Champions League or even Europa League football.

Daryl Dike to Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion

USMNT striker Daryl Dike had a dynamite loan to Barnsley last season, but a reportedly eye-popping price tag placed on him by Orlando City likely led to his 2021 staying in Florida.

Dike, 21, could be back in England in January but there are some hefty conditionals on two possible destinations.

West Bromwich Albion reportedly wants Dike but is insisting on a loan according to The Athletic’s Steve Madeley., something Orlando may not be happy to do for a second time, while Crystal Palace has rekindled interest in the youngster.

And while Palace boss Patrick Vieira will have a good read on Dike from his contacts in MLS, a report says that Palace would need to sell a striker in order to sanction the outlay for Dike. Palace bought Odsonne Edouard this summer and has Christian Benteke in the fold as well as Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha.

Sergino Dest to Arsenal, Bayern

Barcelona is being linked as a reluctant seller of USMNT wingback Sergino Dest this January.

The Blaugranas need money to fund their overhaul of a team that is young and talented but far from its world-beating standards, and Dest possesses the youth and relative experience to bag some big bucks.

Dest turned 21 in November and there is a rumored $50 million price tag on the Dutch-American who has 1200 minutes under his belt in his second season at Barca. He had three assists this season after ringing up three goals and an assist in 41 matches last season.

The price would double what Barca paid in winning his signature from Ajax in 2020.

Bayern Munich is being linked with Dest again, as it was last summer and the fall prior to his move to Catalonia. But Arsenal is also reportedly in pursuit of Dest in a move that would give the Gunners terrific depth wide.

Arsenal currently has Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares in its left back corps plus Takehiro Tomiyasu at right back, all 24 or younger. Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers, and Cedric Soares are the more veteran options in the bunch.

Tottenham vs West Ham: How to watch League Cup, start time, odds, prediction


Tottenham Hotspur hopes it can take its 2021-22 League Cup one step further than last season’s runner-up finish, and the next obstacle is London rivals West Ham United on Wednesday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs last won the cup in 2008, while West Ham has never won the tournament. The Irons were finalists in 1966 and 1981, falling to West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool respectively.

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Winning Wednesday’s quarterfinal would be a big boost for West Ham, who has been struggling of late after a red-hot start to the season. And capturing the trophy would be a very big deal as David Moyes continues to build the Irons toward serial contention.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte knows a thing or two about winning trophies, too, and would relish etching Tottenham’s name on the trophy as the first winner not named Manchester City since 2017.

Here’s all you need to know about Tottenham vs West Ham.

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What they’re saying

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte on giving depth players chances to shine in big spots

“My players know very well that I’m here to try to improve the situation, to improve the level of every single player. To improve the level of every player means the level of the team will improve. I want to see desire, I want to see the will to improve and to work. If I see this, I give to my players everything.”

Tottenham vs West Ham prediction

West Ham’s collected just one result from their past three, but the loss to Arsenal is understandable and the loss against Dinamo Zagreb was nothing close to West Ham’s top outfit. The draw at Burnley, however, is a headscratcher and Tottenham has looked pretty darn good under Antonio Conte.  Spurs have Palace at the weekend and West Ham will meet Saints, so don’t expect anything but both teams’ top lineups here. Tottenham 2-1 West Ham.

Tottenham vs West Ham how to watch, stream link, dates

Kickoffs: 2:45pm ET Wednesday
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