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Cup Final Re-Run?


STOKE CITY have been handed a huge incentive to overcome Crystal Palace in their FA Cup third round replay . . . with the possibility of a re-run of the 2011 FA Cup Final at the Britannia Stadium later this month.

Tony Pulis' side would face a home tie with Manchester City in the fourth round if they can beat Palace next week.

City launched their 2013 FA Cup campaign with a goalless draw at the Championship high-flyers, meaning that they went into the hat for the fourth round draw which was made at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Should they defeat Palace in next week's replay, it would be the third time in four seasons that the Potters have come up against Roberto Mancini's side.

On their route to the quarter finals in the 2009-10 season, they beat the Citizens in a Britannia Stadium replay after drawing with them at the Etihad Stadium.

But Mancini's men did, of course, shatter City's hopes of FA Cup glory in their first-ever appearance in the Final courtesy of a solitary goal from Yaya Toure.

The fourth round ties would be played over the weekend of January 26th and 27th.

Full FA Cup fourth round draw:

Norwich City v Luton Town

Oldham Athletic v Mansfield Town/Liverpool

Macclesfield v Wigan/Bournemouth

Derby County v Blackburn Rovers

Hull City/Leyton Orient v Barnsley

Middlesbrough v Aldershot

Millwall v Aston Villa

Leeds United/Birmingham City v Tottenham Hotspur

Brighton v Swansea City/Arsenal

Crystal Palace/Stoke City v Manchester City

West Ham United/Manchester United v Fulham/Blackpool

Southend/Brentford v Chelsea

Reading v Sheffield United

QPR/West Brom v Sheffield Wednesday/MK Dons

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City

Bolton/Sunderland v Cheltenham/Everton

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