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Giant-killing Oldham will chase second Mersey scalp

James Mariner

Published 28/01/2013 | 05:00

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Oldham were rewarded for their FA Cup victory over Liverpool with another home tie against Merseyside opposition after being paired with Everton in the fifth round.

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Paul Dickov's side are in the last 16 for the first time since 1994, when they reached the semi-finals only to be beaten 4-1 by Manchester United in a replay after a 1-1 draw.

Holders Chelsea will again face lower-league opposition should they overcome Brentford in a replay, with Tony Mowbray's Middlesbrough waiting to welcome the victors. Owing to international matches next week, that replay will not take place until the designated fifth-round weekend, meaning the Riverside match will have to be played at a later date.

Heavyweights Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal were all handed home ties. Roberto Mancini's Premier League champions will host giant-killers Leeds. The last-16 meeting of the pair will be the club's first encounter since Stephen McPhail and Mark Viduka gave Leeds a 2-1 win nine years ago.

Arsenal, without a trophy since winning the competition in 2005, will welcome Championship side Blackburn to the Emirates for a repeat of a tie in the 2007 competition, which saw Mark Hughes' side triumph in a replay at Ewood Park.

Favourites Manchester United will also be at home next month, against a Reading side who have won five of their last six matches.

Wigan Athletic await the winners of Huddersfield's all-Championship replay with Leicester, which will take place on February 12

Non-league Luton's reward for Saturday's win at Norwich is a home tie with Millwall, while Barnsley will travel to MK Dons.

FA CUP FIFTH ROUND DRAW

Huddersfield/Leicester v Wigan

MK Dons v Barnsley

Oldham Athletic v Everton

Luton Town v Millwall

Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers

Manchester City v Leeds United

Manchester United v Reading

Middlesbro' v Brentford/Chelsea

Ties will take place on February 16/17, except for the Middlesbrough tie.

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