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FA Cup: Fifth Round draw sees Chelsea take on Manchester City whilst holders Arsenal face Hull again


After a weekend of FA Cup Fourth Round action where there was little in the way of giant killings, the Fifth Round has produced one heavyweight tie.

Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea will take on Manchester City in the most high profile clash of the draw, with both sides with previous form in recent years of the competition.

Chelsea are the most successful club in the FA Cup this century alongside current holders Arsenal, with both having lifted the trophy five times since 2000.

Chelsea's last triumph came in 2012, and they also won it under interim boss Guus Hiddink during his first temporary tenure at the Bridge in 2009.

City's FA Cup win in 2011 paved the way for their Premier League title the following year, and they have since won a League Cups and another League title, although they were embarrassed in the 2013 FA Cup final where they were beaten by Wigan.

There are two other all Premier League ties in the draw, with Spurs taking on Crystal Palace whilst Bournemouth host Everton, who both beat League Two opposition to progress in Portsmouth and Carlisle respectively.

Elsewhere in the draw, there is only one tie that could potentially not involve a Premier League side, with Reading awaiting the winner of the replay between West Brom and League One side Peterborough.

Cup holders Arsenal remain on course for an unprecedented hat-trick, and will face Hull at the Emirates, who they have faced in the previous two 

The Gunners met Steve Bruce's side in the 2014 final and despite going behind came back to win their first trophy for ten years.

Last season they also met the Tigers, this time in the Third Round, with the outcome much more comfortable, eventually going on to lift the trophy in emphatic style with a 4-0 mauling of Aston Villa at Wembley.

The most intriguing tie for the footballing romantics is undoubtedly Shrewsbury Town taking on Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United. The Shrews are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, having overcome Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 in the last round.

The other non Premier League sides left in the draw are Leeds, who head to Watford, and Blackburn, who will face the winner of the replay between Liverpool and West Ham.

The ties will be played on the weekend of 19-22 February.

Full 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

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