Arsenal face Liverpool in FA Cup fifth round while Man City will play Chelsea
We’re set for two explosive FA Cup ties at the Emirates and Etihad following the fifth round draw on Sunday
January 26th, 2014
The FA Cup received a much-needed shot in the arm on Sunday afternoon after Manchester City were drawn at home to Chelsea for a place in the last eight of the competition.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team recovered from 2-0 down at home to Watford on Saturday to ultimately win by a 4-2 scoreline and keep alive their hopes of a quadruple, although they will be up against a side also desperate to win some silverware this term.
Meanwhile, one of Arsenal and Liverpool will also be exiting the competition at this stage after the league leaders were pitched against the Merseyside outfit, with Brendan Rodgers selecting a strong team for Saturday’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth.
The two all-Premier League ties means that there’s a chance for some of the lesser sides in the competition to make progress, while Everton are now among the favourites after being given a home tie against Swansea City.
Roberto Martinez was previously a manager at the Liberty Stadium and will be looking to win the FA Cup for a second consecutive season after steering Wigan to the Wembley final last term before they triumphed 1-0 against Manchester City.
Sunderland and Southampton will clash at the Stadium of Light in a repeat of a Capital One Cup tie this term which saw the Black Cats prevail on their way to Wembley, while Hull City will travel to Brighton.
Holders Wigan will head to Cardiff for a place in the last eight, while two Championship teams will do battle at Hillsborough where Sheffield Wednesday entertain Charlton Athletic.
Sheffield United or Fulham will host the winner of the Nottingham Forest v Preston North End replay, with both original ties ending in a draw this weekend.
FA Cup fifth-round draw in full. Ties to be played over weekend of 15/16 February.
Manchester City v Chelsea
Sheffield United or Fulham v Nottingham Forest or Preston North End
Arsenal v Liverpool
Brighton & Hove Albion v Hull City
Cardiff City v Wigan Athletic
Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton Athletic
Sunderland v Southampton
Everton v Swansea City