The tie in context

• This is one of two fifth round ties that will guarantee at least a couple of the nine remaining Premier League survivors a place in the quarter-finals.

• Stoke are one of five clubs still alive in the competition, who have never won the FA Cup.

Gulf in class

• Stoke are seven places lower than Manchester City in the Premier League table.




• These clubs have already met at Eastlands on Boxing Day, and the home side picked up all three points.














Man City 2-0 Stoke (Prem Lge, 26 Dec)










• City have won five of their last six meetings with Stoke (all league games).














FA Cup records and best performances










• These clubs have been drawn to meet each other five times previously in the competition.

• All five ties were resolved at the first time of asking, with Stoke leading by three wins to two.



The clubs


Current form

• Won nine and lost three of the last 12 in league and cup, failing to score in only one of them.

• Emmanuel Adebayor has scored in each of the Citizens' last three matches.

• Won the last eight at home, and not lost in any of their 16 at the City of Manchester Stadium this season.

FA Cup form

• The four-times winners have made only two quarter-final appearances in 16 years, and they were back-to-back in 2006 and 2007.

• This is their first home tie in this cup run, after victories at Championship clubs Middlesbrough and Scunthorpe.


Current form

• Yet to lose in 2010.

• Undefeated in seven (W4, D3).

• Drawn their last two on the road, but not won in eight league and cup games away from the Britannia Stadium.

FA Cup form

Arsenal's conquerors are looking to knockout fellow Premier League opposition for the second round running.

• Appearing in the fifth round for the first time in four years, but not made the last eight since reaching the semi-finals for the second season in a row in 1972.



Replay date

Wednesday, 24 February 2010 (Kick off: 1945 GMT)



Match officials

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Assistant referees: Simon Beck & Mick McDonough

Fourth official: Peter Walton

Source: BBC Sport