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Heavyweights kept apart in FA Cup fourth round

Published on Jan 7, 2013 6:12 AM
 

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and holders Chelsea all avoided each other in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round draw at Wembley, but only Chelsea and City are assured of a future in the competition.

While several of their Premier League rivals floundered in Saturday's third-round ties, Chelsea thrashed Southampton 5-1 and now face a trip to either fourth-tier Southend United or third-division Brentford.

City, 3-0 victors over Watford, will face either Premier League rivals Stoke City or Championship side Crystal Palace.

United needed an injury-time Robin van Persie equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw at West Ham United, with either Fulham or Blackpool awaiting the winners of the replay in round four.

 
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