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08.01.2007 Football News


By bbc-mygfb
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Black Stars striker Junior Agogo will lead Nottingham Forest against Chelsea in the next round of the English FA Cup. Nottingham Forest's reward for beating Charlton in the FA Cup is a fourth round tie against Chelsea and the premiership's most consistent player Michael Essien.

Essien who was recently crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year,is the only player to have played EVERY MINUTE of EVERY GAME IN EVERY COMPETITION so far this season for Chelsea. The Black Stars duo have become good friends since Agogo broke into the squad late last year.

But friendship will be put aside when the League one side visit the Premiership champions in one of the more enticing games, while Arsenal will entertain Bolton.

Manchester United will host Portsmouth and Watford will visit West Ham in other all-Premiership encounters.

Giantkillers Swansea knocked out Sheffield United and will visit either Chester City or Ipswich.

Blackburn face a tricky tie as they will travel to a Championship side - either 1982 FA Cup runners-up QPR or Luton, who were runners-up in 1959.

Luton boss Mike Newell will have extra motivation to lead his side to victory over QPR as he enjoyed a spell at Ewood Park.

Bristol Rovers boss Paul Trollope will try to instigate an upset against his former club Derby when he takes his League Two side to play the Championship high-flyers at Pride Park.

Premiership strugglers Middlesbrough already face a difficult third round replay at Hull and face the prospect of a visit to either Bristol City or Coventry if the negotiate their way into the next round.


Full draw:

Arsenal v Bolton
West Ham v Watford
Bristol City or Coventry City v Hull City or Middlesbrough
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
Chester City or Ipswich Town v Swansea
Cardiff City or Tottenham v Southend Utd or Barnsley
Barnet or Colchester v Peterborough or Plymouth Argyle
Birmingham City or Newcastle United v Reading or Burnley
Derby County v Bristol Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday or Manchester City v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Preston North End
Manchester United v Portsmouth
Blackpool v Norwich City
Queens Park Rangers or Luton Town v Blackburn Rovers
Wolverhampton Wanderers or Oldham v WBA
Leicester City or Fulham v Stoke City

The ties will be played on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January.