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GUARDIAN – FA Cup fifth round draw: Middlesbrough to visit holders Arsenal

• Bradford will take on Sunderland or Fulham after win over Chelsea• If Liverpool win replay Crystal Palace await themBradford City and Middlesbrough have been rewarded for their eye-catching victories at the Premier League’s top two, with both potentially handed a further opportunity to claim top-flight scalps following the draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup.Phil Parkinson’s City, the League One side who triumphed so startlingly at Chelsea on Saturday in one of the greatest shocks the competition has ever witnessed, have a tie against either Sunderland or second-tier Fulham at Valley Parade. Boro, challenging for promotion in the Championship and victors at the Premier League champions Manchester City, travel to the holders, Arsenal, on the weekend of 14-15 February. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – FA Cup fourth-round draw – as it happened!| Alan Smith

Cambridge United were drawn at home to Manchester United, while Chelsea could face Millwall in a London derby if the latter can defeat Bradford in a replay 7.51pm GMT Is there a special atmosphere to expect if Chelsea would entertain Millwall?asks Michael Schlagenhaufen via email. Yes, Michael, there would be a cracking atmosphere at Stamford Bridge but Millwall, as mentioned, will face a really difficult task at Bradford next week after their initial meeting at the Den ended 3-3 on Saturday.I know this plea will fall on deaf ears, but wouldn’t it be refreshing if whoever reports on this fixture avoids the pitfall of writing about “United” if who they really mean is the team from Manchester rather than Cambridge?We live in hope!Cambridge versus Man U? I smell a punditry call up for Dion Dublin. 7.45pm GMT Well there you go. One guaranteed highlight – Cambridge United v Manchester United – and a couple of potentially tasty derbies: Chelsea v Millwall (if they beat Bradford in a replay, which is of course no easy task) and Birmingham City v West Bromwich Albion 7.43pm GMT Manchester City v Middlesbrough 7.42pm GMT Doncaster/Bristol City v Everton/West Ham 7.42pm GMT Sunderland v Fulham/Wolves 7.42pm GMT Rochdale v Stoke City 7.41pm GMT Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal 7.41pm GMT Burnley/Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City 7.41pm GMT AFC Wimbledon/Liverpool v Bolton Wanderers 7.40pm GMT Cardiff City v Reading 7.40pm GMT Aston Villa v Bournemouth 7.40pm GMT Birmingham City v West Bromwich Albion 7.39pm GMT Preston North End v Sheffield United 7.39pm GMT Derby v Scunthorpe/Chesterfield 7.39pm GMT Chelsea v Millwall/Bradford City 7.38pm GMT Blackburn Rovers v Swansea City 7.38pm GMT Cambridge United v Manchester United (great tie for the U’s) 7.37pm GMT Southampton/Ipswich v Crystal Palace 7.37pm GMT Mark Champan tees it up from the President’s lounge at Kingsmeadow to the usual cheers and oi oisDouglas Hawthorn has been in contact via email:Quick “big up” for Cambridge United. Back in the Football League after a nine year absence, and in the fourth-round for the first time in fifteen years. Glory days. Would settle for a rerun of the rehearsal in the draw, albeit at the Abbey. 7.34pm GMT We’re moments away … but here’s a refresher of the numbers in the pot1. Arsenal 7.24pm GMT There is something terrible about the draw being made with eight teams still to play their third round fixture (not including replays). Then again, who had the bright idea of putting Everton v West Ham on a Tuesday night? Such silliness. 7.18pm GMT While we wait for the draw, why not pay Jacob Steinberg a visit over on the AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool MBM? Just promise you’ll come back in 10 minutes, ok? 7.11pm GMT Glamour of the cup captured perfectly by our man at Kingsmeadow tonightSlightly obstructed view from the pressbox at AFC Wimbledon tonight pic.twitter.com/Ly03b2hyls 7.09pm GMT Lawrie Sanchez, who was part of the victorious Wimbledon team in 1988, and Stef Loucaides, a local grassroots football coach, will be making tonight’s draw.In the trial, Manchester City were drawn at home to Cambridge United, the lowest ranked team left in the competition. 7.02pm GMT Here we go, then. The FA Cup fourth round draw – almost but not quite as good as the third round draw on the basis that there are fewer chances of a major shock.Then again, there hasn’t been a giantkilling yet (step up AFC Wimbledon, who take on Liverpool right after these balls are pulled out of a drum?). Wrexham promised a surprise until Stoke’s Stephen Ireland ruined it, Sheffield Wednesday led at Man City briefly while Blyth Spartans threatened to upset Birmingham and Southport were denied in desperately late circumstances at Derby. Sheffield United, on the basis of their outstanding record in knockout competitions, winning at a QPR side whose priorities lie elsewhere was hardly a shock. It pains to say, the #magicofthecup has not been all that magic so far. 7.00pm GMT Alan will be here shortly before the draw, which is due to start at 7.30pm. Here are the teams and their numbers:1. Arsenal Continue reading…

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