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Chelsea vs City in next round of FA Cup

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LONDON – Premier League champions Chelsea, beginning to find their form under Guus Hiddink after a shocking start to the season, will face Manchester City in the outstanding tie of the FA Cup fifth round following Sunday’s draw.

Hiddink won the FA Cup with Chelsea during his first spell as interim manager in 2009 and has seen them improve since the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December.

They stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches with a 5-1 win at Championship (second-tier) side Milton Keynes Dons in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.

City, who are bidding for the title as well as seeking success in the Champions League and League Cup, where they face Liverpool in the final, also enjoyed an easy away win with a 4-0 success at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Holders Arsenal, bidding to become the first team since 1886 to win the FA Cup for three years in a row, will meet Championship side Hull City in the competition for the third year running.

Ties will be played between February 19 and 21.

The draw:

Chelsea vs Manchester City

Reading (II) vs West Bromwich Albion/Peterborough (III)

Watford vs Leeds United (II)

Shrewsbury Town (III) vs Manchester United

Blackburn Rovers (II) vs Liverpool/West Ham United

Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal vs Hull City (II)

Bournemouth vs Everton.

Weekend Results: (Home team first)

Arsenal 2, Burnley 1

Aston Villa 0, Man City 4

Bolton 1, Leeds 2

Bury 1, Hull 3

Colchester 1, Spurs 4

Crystal Palace 1, Stoke 0

Nottingham Forest 0, Watford 1

Oxford 0, Blackburn 3

Portsmouth 1, Bournemouth 2

Reading 4, Walsall 0

Shrewsbury 3, Sheffield Wednesday 2

West Brom 2, Peterborough 2

Liverpool 0, West Ham 0

MK Dons 1, Chelsea 5

Carlisle 0, Everton 3

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