Sunday’s best paired as Blues host Cardiff

MANCHESTER CITY were rewarded for avoiding their potential banana skin at Scunthorpe with a home tie with fellow Premier Leaguers Stoke.

The Potters caused the upset of the round with their victory over Arsenal yesterday and now must make the trip to Eastlands over the weekend of 13/14 February.

Holders Chelsea will be confident of making the last eight after being drawn at home to Championship side Cardiff City, while Fulham take on the winners of Notts County v Wigan.

Aston Villa travel to either Crystal Palace or Wolves, but perhaps the most exciting tie of the round pits Southampton with fierce south-coast rivals Portsmouth at St Mary’s.

At least one Championship side will be in the quarter-final draw after Reading were paired with West Brom.

Wolves or Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
Manchester City v Stoke City
Derby County v Birmingham City
Bolton v Tottenham or Leeds
Chelsea v Cardiff City
Fulham v Notts County or Wigan
Reading v West Brom
Southampton v Portsmouth