FA Cup draw: Premier League top four Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool meet in fifth round
The draw pits the current Premier League top four against each other
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics for over four years. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Premier League. He cites Brian Sears among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Stoke v Blackburn Rovers. On a good day.
Monday 27 January 2014
The Premier League’s top four will face each other in the fifth round of the FA Cup following Sunday’s draw.
Leaders Arsenal host Liverpool, a week after travelling to Anfield in the league, while City – scorer of 110 goals this season so far - host Chelsea - a side who also visit the Etihad a week on Monday in the league. The pair have won five of the last seven Cups between them, with City, under previous manager Roberto Mancini, beating Chelsea at Wembley in last season’s semi-final.
Arsenal last met Liverpool in the competition in the 2007 third round, when two goals from Tomas Rosicky helped Wenger’s side beat the then holders 3-1 at Anfield. The pair also met in the 2001 final at the Millennium Stadium, which Liverpool won 2-1. The pairing with Liverpool adds to a tough run for Wenger’s side, who now face Liverpool twice, Manchester United and Bayern Munich in successive matches next month, before consecutive clashes with Bayern, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in March – the last three of them away from the Emirates.
Holders Wigan travel to Cardiff for a first ever Cup meeting with the Welsh outfit, while Capital One Cup finalists Sunderland host Southampton, whom they beat en route to Wembley in the other domestic Cup and with whom they drew 2-2 in the league earlier this month. Everton manager Roberto Martinez will face former side Swansea at Goodison Park. The winners of the fourth round’s two replays will meet, with Sheffield United or Fulham, who drew 1-1 at Bramall Lane yesterday, hosting either Nottingham Forest or Preston.
FIFTH ROUND DRAW
Manchester City v Chelsea
Sheffield Utd/Fulham v Nottingham Forest/Preston
Arsenal v Liverpool
Brighton v Hull
Cardiff City v Wigan
Sheffield Weds v Charlton
Sunderland v Southampton
Everton v Swansea
Ties to take place 15/16 February
FOURTH ROUND REPLAYS
Tuesday 4 February
Fulham v Sheffield United
Preston v Nottingham Forest
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