Eagles our last-eight guestsGraeme Le Saux drew out ball number 2; Trevor Sinclair picked out ball number 6. That means that Crystal Palace will be our quarter-final visitors in this season’s FA Cup!
Alan Pardew's Eagles’ fifth-round win came away at Tottenham on Sunday – a collector’s item from Martin Kelly was the game’s only goal, sealing their place in the last eight.
That result meant that the Premier League side have knocked out three of their divisional rivals en route to the last eight. Southampton were defeated 2-1 at St Mary’s in round three, before Stoke City fell to a 1-0 defeat at Selhurst Park in the next stage.
Meanwhile the Royals have beaten three teams on home turf to reach the quarter-final stage – a 2-2 draw away at Huddersfield meant a replay at Madejski Stadium in round three, in which we were 5-2 winners. Walsall (4-0) were vanquished in round four, before Premier League outfit West Brom (3-1) were our defeated opponents in the fifth round yesterday.
It is the fourth time in seven seasons that we have reached the final eight of the competition – Brian McDermott has twice taken us to this stage before in 2010 and 2011, and last year we went a stage further to reach the final four.
So, as you’ll certainly know, we are just one win away from a Wembley return!
The tie is set to take place over the weekend of Friday 11th – Monday 14th March. That means that our away trip to Brighton & Hove Albion (originally scheduled for Friday 11th March) will be rearranged. We will announce the new date for the visit to the Amex in due course.
We will also announce all the relevant information regarding ticketing for our FA Cup quarter-final in due course, as well as the date and time of the fixture as soon as it is arranged.
Draw in full:
Reading vs Crystal Palace
Everton vs Chelsea
Arsenal or Hull City vs Watford
Shrewsbury Town or Manchester United vs West Ham United