FA Cup Draw: Arsenal face Hull; Chelsea host Manchester City
Holders Arsenal will again face Hull in the FA Cup while Chelsea and Manchester City will clash in what is the marquee match of the round.
Arsenal have met Hull each of the least two seasons, beating them in the final at Wembley in 2014, then ejecting them out of the third round last season. The Tigers will not be pleased to meet their cup nemesis again.
But the meeting between Chelsea and Manchester City is the tastiest of the round, with a rising Blues team looking to make a deep run at the would-be champions’ expense. Since Guus Hiddink took over at Chelsea, the Blues have not lost a game, and this is likely to be a stiff test for a City side that has looked erratic this season.
Other big games include a London derby with Tottenham hosting Crystal Palace, and third-division Shrewsbury Town will be getting a big crowd for their tilt against Manchester United.
Only two replays are left to be staged, with Blackburn awaiting the winner of Liverpool-West Ham and Reading awaiting a game against Premier League stalwarts West Brom or third-tier Peterborough, currently struggling in their promotion bid.
Ties will be played on the weekend of Feb. 19-22.
FA Cup Fifth Round Draw:
Chelsea v Manchester City
Reading v West Brom or Peterborough
Watford v Leeds United
Shrewsbury Town v Manchester United
Blackburn v Liverpool or West Ham
Tottenham v Crystal Palace
Arsenal v Hull
Bournemouth v Everton