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Sunday 26 January 2014

FA Cup review: Top four drawn together in fifth round

Chelsea, who beat Stoke, to face Man City while Arsenal are picked to face Liverpool

  • Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is beaten by a free-kick from Chelsea's Oscar

  • Fulham's Hugo Rodallega is congratulated for his equaliser against Sheffield United

The top four teams in the Barclays Premier League were picked to play each other in the fifth-round draw for the FA Cup.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Andros Townsend and his father, Troy, who is a mentoring and project leadership manager for football's equality and inclusion campaign Kick It Out, picked out Manchester City v Chelsea as the first match and later on the Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal were drawn at home to Liverpool, whom they beat 2-0 at Emirates Stadium in the league this season.

"That's a good draw. The best way to improve is through difficulty"
Jose Mourinho

There were two other ties featuring only Barclays Premier League clubs as Everton will face Swansea City and Sunderland will host Southampton

Chelsea earned their match v Manchester City thanks to a 1-0 win over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge. Oscar scored the only goal with a free-kick on 28 minutes as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho celebrated his 51st birthday with victory and a full second debut for new signing Nemanja Matic. Chelsea also confirmed the signing of Mohamed Salah from Basel.

Mourinho was pleased to be facing City again at the Etihad Stadium less than a fortnight after the two meet in the Barclays Premier League.

"That's a good draw," Mourinho said. "Our priority for the season is to improve, and the best way to improve is through difficult things.

"To play against the best team twice in 15 days in their stadium, where they win every game, smash every team, score four or five goals every game even against the big teams like Arsenal, Spurs and Man United. It's a good thing for us."

As in the previous round, Fulham will have to replay their tie if they are to progress after they were held 1-1 away to Sheffield United. Hugo Rodallega struck the equaliser 15 minutes from time to cancel out Chris Porter's first-half goal.

In the third round, Fulham advanced past Norwich City at Craven Cottage after being held at Carrow Road and if they wish to face Preston North End or Nottingham Forest they must beat Sheffield United on Tuesday, 4 February, 8pm kick-off.

Fulham head coach Rene Meulensteen was pleased with the performances of his youngsters at Bramall Lane for a team in which 11 changes from the defeat by Arsenal last weekend were made.

“If there are any positives to take from the game there's two things: obviously we're still in it, but the young boys we brought in did excellent. Josh Passley at right-back, Chris David and Tankovic in the middle of the park they were very, very good and so these are some good players to sign for us."

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s Cardiff City will host defending FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic, while Hull City must travel to Brighton & Hove Albion.

FA Cup fifth-round draw

Manchester City v Chelsea
Sheffield United/Fulham v Nottingham Forest/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

Ties to be played over the weekend of 15-16 February

FA Cup fourth-round results

Sunday 26 January
Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham (Rodallega)
Chelsea (Oscar) 1-0 Stoke City

Saturday 25 January
Bournemouth 0-2 (Moses, Sturridge) Liverpool
Birmingham City 1-2 Swansea City (Bony 2)
Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Cardiff City (Wilbraham)
Huddersfield Town 0-1 Charlton Athletic
Manchester City (Aguero 3, Kolarov) 4-2 Watford
Port Vale 1-3 Brighton & Hove Albion
Rochdale 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday
Southampton (Do Prado, Gallagher) 2-0 Yeovil
Southend 0-2 Hull City (Fryatt 2)
Sunderland (Mavrias) 1-0 Kidderminster Harriers
Wigan Athletic 2-1 Crystal Palace (Wilbraham)
Stevenage Borough 0-4 Everton (Naismith 2, Heitinga, Gueye)

Friday 24 January
Arsenal
(Podolski 2, Giroud, Cazorla) 4-0 Coventry City
Nottingham Forest 0-0 Preston North End

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Key Points

  • Top four in the Barclays Premier League are drawn against each other in the fifth round of the FA Cup
  • Chelsea go through after beating Stoke 1-0 on Sunday
  • Fulham must go to a replay after drawing with Sheffield United