LeagWith the FA Cup fourth round nearly complete, and only a pair of replays to come, the fifth round draw took place today with the competition heating up. 11 Premier League teams are still alive in the competition, and we got six of them directly facing off.
The big one came right out of the gates, as the first two teams drawn were Chelsea and Manchester City, who will square off at Stamford Bridge the weekend of February 20th.
Tottenham drew Alan Pardew‘s Crystal Palace, who are in serious decline having lost four straight Premier League games and are winless in league play since December 19. However, the magic is still alive as they’ve knocked out two straight Premier League foes in Southampton and Stoke City, both in the new year.
Everton will visit Vitality Stadium, the site of their ridiculous 3-3 draw with Bournemouth earlier this season.
Other Premier League teams still in the mix include Arsenal, who will host Hull City at the Emirates. Arsenal took four points from their two league meetings with Hull last year before the Tigers were relegated. The winner of the Liverpool/West Ham replay will travel to Blackburn. West Brom will travel to Reading only if they should take care of Petersbrough in a replay. Finally, Manchester United has a road visit to League One side Shrewsbury Town, who beat Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday with a goal seven minutes into stoppage time.
Full FA Cup Fifth Round Draw:
Chelsea vs. Manchester City
Reading vs. West Brom/Petersbrough
Shrewsbury Town vs. Manchester United
Blackburn vs. Liverpool/West Ham
Tottenham vs. Crystal Palace
Arsenal vs. Hull City
Bournemouth vs. Everton
Watford vs. Leeds