The 5th Round Draw for the FA Cup took place today and it managed to keep all the big sides away from each other. There is one all Premier League clash and a minimum of two games not involving Premier League sides. All going to plan this should lead to the potential for the top sides clashing in the next round and/or a dream draw for a smaller club.
The draw is as follows:
Huddersfield Town or Leicester City v Wigan Athletic
Milton Keynes Dons v Barnsley
Oldham Athletic v Everton
Luton Town v Millwall
Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers
Manchester City v Leeds United
Manchester United v Reading
Middlesbrough v Brentford or Chelsea
The only all Premier League game in the round is Reading’s visit to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. This should be a routine win for United so it is not exactly a clash of the titans even if they are both Premier League sides.
Oldham will get a chance at a Merseyside double when they take on Everton at Boundary Park. This tie should mean plenty of excitement for the Oldham faithful as their side take on another Premier League opponent.
Luton Town may be cursing their luck at not drawing a top Premier League side. Sure they have Millwall at home and a better chance of winning than against a Premier League side but Luton are not going to win the cup so a payday and an outing against a top side would have been their preferred choice. Maybe in the 6th round.
Manchester City and Leeds is an interesting tie but would have been a bit more interesting if it was at Elland Road.
Arsenal take on Blackburn at the Emirates. Again it would be more interesting if the Premier League side were drawn away from home. This should be a win for Arsenal in a competition they should take seriously to try and bridge the gap since their last trophy success.
MK Dons take on Barnsley in a Championship v League 1 tie. Both sides will be hoping to win and get a payday draw in the quarter finals, or a shot at Luton/Millwall to make the semi’s.
There are two ties unconfirmed as of yet due to replays with the winner of Huddersfield and Leicester at home to Wigan in the 5th Round. Middlesbrough will host the winner of Brentford and Chelsea.
All 5th Round ties will take place over the weekend of February 16th.