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FA Cup fifth round draw round up

Deke Hardman in Editorial, FA Cup 1 Feb 2016

Holders Arsenal will meet Hull City for a third straight season

Holders Arsenal will meet Hull City for a third straight season

There is no doubt over the pick of the fixtures from Sunday evening’s FA Cup fifth round draw, with Premier League champions Chelsea facing current title favourites Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues thrashed MK Dons by five goals to one on Sunday, just prior to the draw while City also had a winning margin of four goals as they thrashed Aston Villa on Saturday.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are still on for the quadruple and the Chilean will be extra keen for success after it was announced on Monday that he will be replaced in the dugout at the Etihad Stadium by Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola at the end of the season.

Cup holders Arsenal continue their pursuit of a third straight success in this competition with a home tie against Hull City – the side they beat in the 2014 final at Wembley and it is the Gunners who are favourites to lift the trophy this time around at a price of 7/2.

Deja Vu

Arsene Wenger’s men, who also beat Steve Bruce’s side on route to the national stadium last season, knocked out Championship promotion hopefuls Burnley in round four while the Tigers won at Bury.

There are two all Premier League affairs as Tottenham Hotspur, who knocked out Colchester United in Saturday’s first FA Cup tie face fellow London side Crystal Palace, who defeated Stoke City while Bournemouth host Everton after the pair beat Portsmouth and Carlise United respectively.

After easing past League Two high fliers Oxford United, Blackburn Rovers are rewarded with a home tie against Premier League opposition though they will have to wait to discover whether they will face Liverpool or West Ham United after the pair played out a goalless draw at Anfield in Saturday’s late kick off.


The only other fourth round tie yet to be decided is West Bromwich Albion against Peterbrough United, with last season’s semi-finallists Reading awaiting the victors.

Watford’s reward for edging past Nottingham Forest is a home draw against a Leeds United side who beat struggling Bolton Wanderers while the romantics will be casting their eyes to the Greenhous Meadow, where Shrewsbury Town, the lowest ranked side still in the competition, will face eleven-time winners Manchester United.

David and Goliath

The League One side, who are currently battling to secure their third-tier league status, scored a dramatic last-ditch winners against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend while Louis van Gaal’s side won at Derby County on Friday evening.

The fourth round replays will be played a week on Tuesday, with the fifth round commencing on February 20th.

Can Shrewsbury Town cause an upset and knock-out Manchester United?


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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