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Manchester United could face Arsenal; FA Cup quarter-final draw

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Just three matches (four in some cases) separate two of England's clubs from the prestigious of domestic finals.

With Chelsea and Manchester City both having fallen at surprisingly low hurdles a host of the Premier League's other clubs are all dreaming of lifting the FA Cup at Wembley, with Arsenal looking to retain their seat and the likes of Manchester United well overdue some silverware.

Don't forget there's still representatives from the lower divisions though, and their every bit as hungry. Without further ado, let's have a look at the ties the quarter-finals have thrown up.

Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers

Brendan Rodgers will fancy his chances against Blackburn at Anfield, though the Championship outfit aren't to be sneered at. Their position of 9th in England's second tier isn't perhaps indicative of the size of their club nor fan base, and they'll travel to Merseyside in high spirits having smashed Stoke City 4-1 in the fifth round.

Bradford City v Reading

Bradford City are offered something of a reprieve with Reading, given that they've been forced to beat Chelsea and Sunderland in the last two legs. Manager Phil Parkinson will be hopeful of making it to the semi-finals with momentum at an all-time high, though Reading boast the better pedigree, despite the fact they're a lowly 16th in the Championship.

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Preston/ Man United v Arsenal

The tie of the round in the eyes of many, if Manchester United can beat Preston North End tonight they'll host Arsenal at Old Trafford. On the flip side Preston can test their mettle against two of the most historic club sides in England if they're victorious. There's no doubt who Arsene Wenger will be rooting for tonight.

Aston Villa v West Brom

A midlands derby that's sure to be fiercely contested, the FA Cup remains the only piece of silverware on offer for either of these two sides. Villa, fresh from sacking Paul Lambert, are in all sorts of trouble in the league, but they've looked better in the cup, whilst West Brom are resurgent under Tony Pulis.

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