The FA Cup fifth round draw was announced this past Sunday, and things couldn’t have been much better for us. Not only are we at home yet again, we’ve drawn Championship opposition, when most of our Premier League rivals drew far tougher teams (via the BBC).
We’re up against the team we beat in the final back in the 2013/14 season, with Hull City getting a pretty tricky trip to the Emirates in the fifth round as a reward for beating Bury – thanks to a Chuba Akpom hat-trick.
out of the teams drawn at home, we couldn’t really have gotten much of a better draw. Watford being drawn against Leeds United is arguably a little easier, but that’s the only one.
Manchester United also have a more than winnable draw against Shrewsbury Town, although they’re away from home and there can always be a bit of an upset on a lower league ground.
There’s good news elsewhere too though, with the likes of Tottenham, Everton, Chelsea, and Manchester City all getting tricky draws.
One of Chelsea or Manchester City will definitely be eliminated, as the two Premier League giants – if you can call Chelsea that this season – have been drawn against each other.
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Tottenham will be confident of getting the win over Crystal Palace, although Premier League opposition is always tricky. And Everton have a trip to Dean Court to face Bournemouth.
Liverpool and West Ham will have a replay after their goalless draw, and the winner will get a trip to Blackburn. Finally, Reading will play host to either West Bromwich Albion or Peterborough, leaving the draw looking like this:
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
This could provide us with some very interesting quarter-finals, although we should concentrate on getting past Hull first. They may be in the Championship, but not long ago they were in the Premier League, and they’re among the favourites to achieve promotion once again this season.
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Things look to be going our way in the FA Cup once again, and we could potentially be en route to a third consecutive cup if we play our cards right.