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Tim Sherwood's men are in the final eight and it's a West Midlands derby in the quarter-final!

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Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion play Tuesday 3 March at Villa Park in the Premier League.

At the weekend, they'll be in the same place against the same club in the FA Cup quarter-final.

Needless to say, I'm really stoked about this. It's a West Midlands derby for the right to a trip to Wembley… some of the highest stakes this rivalry has seen over the last few years.

It also means that Villa have avoided the big clubs left in the competition, as Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United found themselves elsewhere in the draw.

It's the first time that Villa are in the final eight since a 2010 run to the semi-final and Tim Sherwood will officially take charge of his first Cup game against Villa's local rivals.

The derby match should also mean a bumper crowd at Villa Park, with both Baggies and Villans surely ready to snatch up tickets.

While the competition might be lacking some of the glamorous sides this season, there's a good classic Cup feel with some of the more historic clubs in England still in the fold.

There will be at least one lower-league side headed to Wembley for a semi-final as Bradford City and Reading were drawn against each other.

It marks a fourth successive home FA Cup draw for Villa this competition; they will not play a proper road tie unless a replay is needed.

Oh, also there's this incredibly weird stat:

The full list of fixtures follows…

Liverpool v. Blackburn Rovers
Bradford City v. Reading
Preston North End / Manchester United v. Arsenal
Aston Villa v. West Bromwich Albion

Looking forward to a shot at two wins in a week over the Tesco bags? Terrified of losing twice in a week and never hearing the end of it? Ready for a whole entire week of Robert making memes about wet sandwiches or something like that? Let us know your reaction to the draw in the caption!