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FA Cup Fifth Round draw

Brendan Rodgers has been given an early opportunity to show his former employers what they are missing after Watford were drawn at home to Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Rodgers spent four years as youth and reserve coach at Stamford Bridge before leaving to take the managerial reins at Vicarage Road in November.

The 38-year-old will not be the only familiar face for the visitors with Frank Lampard Sr, father of Chelsea's England midfielder, currently employed as Rodgers' football consultant.

Captain Jay DeMerit, who netted his first FA Cup goal in yesterday's 4-3 fourth-round win over Crystal Palace, believes the occasion will be one for the Hornets to relish.

He told Sky Sports: "It's a tough game of course but this is what we play for. Ever since I've been here we've never been short of cup runs and it's always good to get in these situations.''

The Hornets are the third successive Football League opponents for Luiz Felipe Scolari's side, who beat Ipswich comfortably yesterday but needed a replay to see off Southend in the third round.

Fourth-round heroes Swansea, who deservedly knocked out holders Portsmouth, will be chasing another Premier League scalp when Fulham come to visit, and midfielder Leon Britton is confident they can reach the last eight.

He said: "It's not a bad draw. It would have been nice to get a top-four club but after that you want a home draw and we've got someone in Fulham we've got a realistic chance of beating.''

Swansea will certainly be hoping to do better than the only other time they have met Fulham in the cup, when the Cottagers ran out 7-0 winners in November 1995.

In the only all-Premier League tie, in-form West Ham, who eased past Hartlepool 2-0 yesterday, will take on Middlesbrough - 2-1 winners over Wolves.

The draw will bring back memories of 2006 for the Hammers, who beat Boro in the semi-finals before losing to Liverpool on penalties in a thrilling final.

The other definite tie sees Hull, victors over Millwall yesterday in a match marred by crowd trouble, travel to Sheffield United, who knocked out Charlton 2-1.

Derby have the incentive of a third cup match against Manchester United this season to take into their replay with Nottingham Forest.

The Rams, who drew 1-1 with their east midlands rivals on Friday, were beaten 4-3 on aggregate by United in the Carling Cup semi-finals this month, winning 1-0 at Pride Park.

Coventry know they will face Premier League opposition with the winners of the replay between Sunderland and Blackburn hosting Chris Coleman's side.

The Sky Blues knocked Rovers out of the competition in the third round last season, winning 4-1 at Ewood Park.

City needed an Elliott Ward goal to sneak past non-league Torquay yesterday, and the defender is hopeful their run can continue.

He said: "Still being in the cup is great for the club and we're looking forward to the fifth round. It's a tough one but hopefully we'll go there in good spirits and we'll perform.''

Liverpool and Aston Villa will meet in a clash of the Champions League chasers if they can win their respective replays against Everton and Doncaster.

Cardiff, who were beaten in last season's final, earned a money-spinning replay with Arsenal at the Emirates today and the winner of that match will host either West Brom or Burnley in the fifth round.

Burnley have already beaten Arsenal in the Carling Cup this season.

The ties will be played on the weekend of February 14/15.

Ties will be played weekend of February 14
Sheffield United v Hull City
Watford v Chelsea
West Ham v Middlesbrough
Sunderland or Blackburn v Coventry City
Swansea City v Fulham
Liverpool v Everton v Doncaster or Aston Villa
Cardiff or Arsenal v Burnley or West Brom
Derby or Nottingham Forest v Manchester United


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