The draw for the FA Cup Fifth Round has been made. The draw is as follows:
Manchester City vs Chelsea
Sheffield United or Fulham vs Nottingham Forest vs Preston
Arsenal vs Liverpool
Brighton vs Hull City
Cardiff City vs Wigan Athletic
Sheffield Wednesday vs Charlton
Sunderland vs Southampton
Everton vs Swansea City
The Fifth Round of the oldest club tournament in the world features a couple of plum ties that would have made excellent finals — Manchester City vs Chelsea, and Arsenal vs Liverpool. While those matches will be entertaining, no doubt, it means Chelsea will play Manchester City twice within two weeks — once in the league and then in the FA Cup.
Manchester City play Chelsea on Monday, February 3 in the Premier League, and will then play each other on February 15 or 16 at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup.
Plus with Manchester City playing Chelsea and Liverpool playing Arsenal, it’ll mean that two giant clubs in England will be out of the FA Cup 6th Round, which could give another club outside the big four a chance of reaching the final. But obviously, there’s still a long way to go.
The FA Cup Fifth Round matches will be played over the weekend of February 15-16.
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