Bristol City will host the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City at Ashton Gate in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.
The Robins have been rewarded for their win over West Brom with a glamour tie against the Citizens, who overcame league leaders Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Friday night. Bristol City last met Man City in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup in January 2018, losing 5-3 on aggregate.
It is the same draw as the Women’s team, with Lauren Smith’s side set to host Gareth Taylor on Sunday, February 26, after meeting last week in front of 2,600 supporters in the Conti Cup.
When is the fifth round?
The FA Cup fifth round will be played on the week starting on February 27, with fixtures likely to be played between Tuesday, February 28 and Thursday, March 2.
How much prize money is at stake for Bristol City?
Bristol City have already pocketed £225,000 for beating both Swansea City and West Brom in the earlier rounds of the competition. Fifth-round winners earn £225,0 and then it increases to £450,000 for those who in the quarter-finals. Winning semi-finalists earn £1,000,000 and the losing teams earn £500,000. Any team that wins the FA Cup wins £2,000,000 and the losing finalists pocket £2,000,000.
Home and away teams of every tie get 45% of gate reciept revenue each so if City were to draw one of the big teams like Manchester City or Manchester United away, then they could have a decent payday. Website SillySeason reported that in the 2020/21 season, teams received £247,5000 for their fixtures being chosen for broadcast.