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Premier League big guns get favourable draws

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Chelsea and Liverpool were both handed home ties against lower league opposition in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Andre Villas-Boas' side beat local rivals Queens Park Rangers 1-0 at Loftus Road on Saturday, and have been rewarded with an encounter against Birmingham at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool, meanwhile, dispatched of Manchester United at Anfield and Championship outfit Brighton will travel to Merseyside in the next round of the competition.

Elsewhere, Everton will host the winners of the replay between Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday, while Southampton or Millwall will host Bolton.

Both Crawley wand Stevenage were rewarded for their exploits in the fourth round with encounters against Barclays Premier League opposition.

The former will host Stoke City, while the latter will face Harry Redknapp's Tottenham.

FA Cup fifth round draw in full:

MILLWALL or SOUTHAMPTON v BOLTON

SUNDERLAND or MIDDLESBROUGH v ARSENAL or ASTON VILLA

NORWICH v LEICESTER

STEVENAGE v TOTTENHAM

CRAWLEY v STOKE

CHELSEA v BIRMINGHAM

EVERTON v BLACKPOOL or SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

LIVERPOOL v BRIGHTON

The ties will take place over the weekend of February 18.

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