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FA Cup fifth round draw: Southampton to host Portsmouth in plum tie

24 Jan 2010 18:38:06

FA Cup fifth round draw: Southampton to host Portsmouth in plum tie

All eyes will be on the south coast during fifth round weekend where Southampton are to host struggling Portsmouth. The League One outfit progressed courtesy of a 2-1 win over Ipswich and will fancy themselves against their nearest rivals when they meet in February. Cup favourites Chelsea were handed a kind draw, hosting 2008 finalists Cardiff City, while Stoke's reward for their first ever FA Cup triumph over Arsenal is a tricky trip to Manchester City. On target: Dean Whitehead celebrates his first Stoke City goal The Midlands could also be a hotbed of cup fever with Derby County drawn against in-form Birmingham City, and Carling Cup finalists Aston Villa potentially facing Wolves. Mick McCarthy's side, though, first need to overcome Crystal Palace in a replay. Giant-killers Reading, who have already dispensed with Premier League teams Liverpool and Burnley, can expect a stern examination by high-flying Championship side West Brom. Hot favourites: Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka fires the Blues ahead against Preston The full fifth round draw, to be played over the weekend of 13/14 February:Wolverhampton Wanderers/Crystal Palace v Aston Villa Manchester City v Stoke City Derby County v Birmingham City Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham/Leeds Chelsea v Cardiff City Fulham v Notts County/Wigan Reading v West Brom Southampton v Portsmouth  Stoke 3 Arsenal 1: Sol Campbell makes losing return thanks to Ricardo Fuller's double headerNotts County 2 Wigan 2: Watson strikes late to prevent major upsetTottenham 2 Leeds 2: Cup dream lives on for last-gasp hero BeckfordWest Brom 4 Newcastle 2: Magpies grounded by Dorrans double:


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