Today's draw saw either ourselves or West Ham paired with Sheffield United, in a 4th round tie to be staged at Bramhall Lane.
It is a tie that although not ideal being away from home, will be one that either side would be confident of negotiating, and given the way Premier League sides have fallen so far would then open up the possibility of a decent run in this years competition - or until the quarter finals anyway.
Joking aside, looking at the 4th round draw below, by my calculations it will mean that a maxium of only nine (assuming all sides win their 3rd round replays and then go through the 4th round) Premier League sides will make it to round 5 - incentive enough surely to field your strongest side?
Full 4th round draw:
Arsenal v Stoke City/Newcastle
Coventry v Walsall/Millwall
Oldham v Huddersfield Town
Swindon/Barnet v Fulham/Bristol Rovers
Wigan v Chelsea
Luton/Liverpool v Swansea/Havant & Waterlooville
Southend v Barnsley
Southampton v Norwich/Bury
Man Utd v Tottenham/Reading
Portsmouth v Plymouth
Derby/Sheff Wed v Preston
Watford v Wolves
Peterborough v Charlton/West Brom
Sheff Utd v West Ham/Man City
Mansfield v Middlesbrough
Tranmere/Hereford v Cardiff
Ties to be played on 26 & 27 January