Manchester City will meet holders Wigan Athletic in the quarterfinal of the FA Cup in a rematch of last season's final, following Sunday's draw.
Everton face a potential clash with Merseyside rivals Liverpool, if Brendan Rodgers' men overcome Arsenal.
Among the other highlights of the round, there could be a Steel City derby if Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United can overcome Charlton Athletic and Nottingham Forest respectively in the fifth round.
|FA Cup Quarterfinal Draw|
|March 8/9||Brighton & Hove Albion/Hull City||Sunderland|
|March 8/9||Sheffield United/Nottingham Forest||Sheffield Wednesday/Charlton Athletic|
|March 8/9||Manchester City||Wigan Athletic|
Sunderland face a trip to either Brighton or Hull in the quarterfinal after they edged past Southampton 1-0 yesterday.
Manuel Pellegrini's City side gained revenge over Chelsea for their two league defeats this season as they recorded an emphatic 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium. It was only the second managerial victory for Pellegrini over his archrival Mourinho, according to BBC Sport.
But it was the manner of the victory that will be more important to Pellegrini, whose side has struggled for form since their league defeat to Chelsea earlier in February. In truth, City's progression to the quarterfinals never looked in doubt after Stevan Jovetic put his side ahead in the 16th minute with a smart finish.
It was perhaps indicative of City's class that they managed to shackle Eden Hazard, a man described by Mourinho only last week as "the best young player in the world," per Martin Lipton of the Mirror. Pablo Zabaleta and James Milner's defensive work made for a hard afternoon's work for the Belgian youngster.
And Mourinho was gracious in defeat, as reported by The Guardian's Paul Wilson:
It is very simple to analyse, the best team won. City played better than we did, they deserved to win. I think that just gives more credit to my players for winning here in the league two weeks ago and for beating City twice this season.
They are a good team, hard to beat. Was the referee poor in the second half? Yes, but even with perfect refereeing we would still have lost. Even if we allow that the second goal was offside City would still have won the game 1-0.
We didn't want to go out of the FA Cup, because I don't think an extra one or two games in the season would be a problem for us, but it was easy to see a difference in freshness between the two teams.
At Goodison Park, Roberto Martinez moved one step closer to becoming the first manager to lift the FA Cup in successive seasons with different clubs. His Everton side saw off Swansea City 3-1, with debutante Lacina Traore cleverly deflecting in a Sylvain Distin cross.
Although Jonathan de Guzman notched an equaliser for the Swans, Steven Naismith was able to capitalise on shoddy Swansea defending to retake the lead. Leighton Baines made the result certain by dispatching his 12th successive penalty late on.
Everton will be hopeful of winning the FA Cup for the first time since 1995, having enjoyed a strong start to the season under Martinez. But the Toffees will face a stern challenge whether they face Arsenal or Liverpool in the last eight.
For Manchester City, this season's FA Cup provides the opportunity to heal the wounds of last season's defeat to Wigan Athletic in the final at Wembley. And Pellegrini's men will be quietly confident of seeing off the Latics, who were relegated from the Premier League last season.
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