The leading clubs left in this season's FA Cup were kept apart from one another in the fifth-round draw made here today. Liverpool's reward for knocking bitter rivals Manchester United out of the FA Cup on yesterday was a home last-16 clash against Championship side Brighton, a team they beat 2-1 earlier this season en route to the League Cup final.
Meanwhile, Premier League high-flyers Tottenham Hotspur, eight-time FA Cup winners, travel to Stevenage Borough of third-tier League One. Fourth-division Crawley Town, the lowest ranked club left in the tournament, are at home to Stoke City, last season's losing finalists, following a 1-0 win away to Championship side Hull City.
Only one all-Premier League clash is possible in the last 16, although Sunderland must first overcome Championship north-east rivals Middlesbrough, who held them to a 1-1 derby draw if they are to face Arsenal after the Gunners came from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2, also today.
Chelsea, who beat local rivals Queens Park Rangers 1-0 on yesterday, will be at home to Championship side Birmingham City, with Everton facing the winners of the replay between Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday. Norwich City, promoted to the Premier League this season, face Championship side Leicester City, while top-flight strugglers Bolton Wanderers travel to the winners of the all-second tier replay between Millwall and promotion-chasing Southampton.
The fifth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 18-19 February:
Liverpool v Brighton and Hove Albion
Everton v Blackpool or Sheffield Wednesday
Chelsea v Birmingham City
Crawley Town v Stoke City
Stevenage Borough v Tottenham Hotspur
Norwich City v Leicester City
Sunderland or Middlesbrough v Arsenal
Millwall or Southampton v Bolton Wanderers