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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Cup draw favours progress of Premier League sides

THE draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup has been kind to Premier League teams with only one tie potentially featuring two top-flight sides.

The winners of the replay between Sunderland and Championship side Middlesbrough, who yesterday drew 1-1, will host Arsenal, who came from 2-0 down at half-time to beat Aston Villa 3-2 in yesterday's late kick-off.

League Two club Crawley Town are the lowest-ranked side left in the competition and their reward for beating Hull City is a home tie against Tony Pulis' Stoke City.

League One Stevenage will host Tottenham Hotspur, while Newcastle's conquerors, Championship side Brighton, will travel to Anfield to face Liverpool, who beat them in the third round of the Carling Cup earlier this season.

Liverpool are searching for a second Wembley final appearance this season after they beat Manchester City last Wednesday night to reach next month's Carling Cup showpiece.

Their Merseyside rivals, Everton, are also at home against Blackpool or Sheffield Wednesday, while Chelsea will host last year's Carling Cup winners, Birmingham.

Norwich will play at home to Leicester, while Bolton go to either Millwall or Southampton.

The fixtures will be played on the weekend of February 18-19.

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