The FA Cup quarter final draw is complete and we now know who we’ll be facing should we beat Hull in our fifth round replay. We’ve been drawn at home once again, with Watford waiting for us should we beat the Championship leaders at the KC Stadium (via the Mirror).
This round saw some shock exits, with Chelsea dumping Manchester City out after a 5-1 mauling and Tottenham bowing out against Crystal Palace. There aren’t many minnows left in the competition, but there aren’t a huge number of giants either. We’ve arguably got the best draw out of everyone, while our main rivals for the cup look to have gotten the worst.
Assuming we can get past Hull in the replay, a home clash with Watford should hopefully prove relatively straight forward – although anything can happen in the FA Cup.
Chelsea have looked resurgent under Guus Hiddink unfortunately, and are now arguably our biggest threat in the competition. Thankfully they’ve got a relatively tricky away draw against Everton, and will hopefully struggle against the Toffees. Chelsea couldn’t really have gotten a worse draw unless they were matched against us, and we obviously wouldn’t have wanted that.
If Manchester United navigate their way past Shrewsbury (not exactly a given this season), then they’ll be up against West Ham. The Hammers dominated Blackburn, and while Manchester United should put up more of a fight, it’s not inconceivable that Slaven Bilic’s side could progress.
Finally there’s Reading vs Crystal Palace, and while the Championship side may seem like the easiest draw, you can’t underestimate the advantage of being at home.
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It’s far too soon to say, as we’re not even in the quarter-finals yet, but with a number of the big hitters out of the competition it’s a great chance for us to win our third FA Cup on the trot.