Your Ultimate FA Cup Fifth Round Guide
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Well, the FA Cup Fourth Round threw up a few surprises, didn’t it? Millwall, Wolves, and Lincoln all stunned higher opposition while Sutton United continue to be the talked about team, earning a victory over former winners Leeds United to secure a place in the next round.
And what a tie they’ve been given. Welcoming Arsenal to Gander Green Lane on Monday, the tie will complete a fantastic weekend of action which begins at Turf Moor on Saturday.
That game features another non-league side and one that has been in fine form this season. Lincoln have caused a number of upsets so far, including thumping Championship high-flyers Brighton in the last round.
But can they do it again? We take a look at the potential bankers and surprises in the FA Cup Fifth Round…
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea
Wolves were simply fantastic in the Fourth Round against Liverpool, battling hard and fully deserving of their 2-1 victory. Chelsea are a different beast however. Antonio Conte has got his men into the habit of winning and so far they’ve brushed almost everyone aside in both the league and cup.
The embarrassment of riches at Stamford Bridge will prove too much for the Championship side, and unlike Liverpool, they can actually defend which is always helpful. The Premier League leaders are favourites to lift the FA Cup and it’s unlikely Wolves will be able to stop them.
Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur
In our last FA Cup preview we mentioned Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate for silverware, although they didn’t exactly seem it against Wycombe in the last round. Fielding a weakened team, Spurs found themselves 2-0 down in the first half before mounting a comeback which saw them grab two late goals.
For Pochettino it’ll be lesson learnt and we’ll likely see a stronger outfit take on Fulham at Craven Cottage. The Championship side strolled past Hull in the previous round and are pushing for a place in the play-offs and will cause problems for Spurs, but if the likes of Kane and Alli are out on the park, there’s only one winner.
Sutton United v Arsenal
It’s been one heck of a journey for Sutton in the FA Cup and for the romantics you can get 750/1 on the National League side to lift the trophy. You’re probably best sticking with the Gunners at 4/1 however. Arsenal have eased through the competition so far and will likely spoil the party on Monday evening with the only potential problem for Wenger’s men being the plastic pitch!
Still, we tip our hats to Sutton. It’s been an incredible journey.
Where The Surprises Could Lie
While we may not see as many shocks as the last round, the FA Cup Fifth Round could still provide plenty of upsets…
Huddersfield Town v Manchester City
Manchester City will have to be very careful not to underestimate Huddersfield in what should be a real cracker of an FA Cup tie. Pep Guardiola’s FA Cup odds may well be favourable but Huddersfield go into the game on the back of a five-game winning streak in the Championship and are talked of very highly.
City are no strangers to a cup upset having been beaten by Wigan, and Middlesbrough in recent years and will have to be on their toes this weekend. Only a strong side will see off Huddersfield, but will Pep be savvy enough to pick one?
Millwall v Leicester City
Millwall have already ruffled a few feathers in the FA Cup so the Premier League Champions will certainly be a little apprehensive about visiting the New Den. The League One side are in fantastic form and are unbeaten in 12, including wins over Bournemouth and Watford in the cup.
Leicester on the other hand are struggling and may also have half an eye on the Champions League the following week. They’ve a lot to worry about currently, the main thing being score a goal. They are without one in the Premier League in 2017 and with attention away from this game, the Lions could tame the Foxes.
Fifth Round Fixtures
Saturday 18 February
- Burnley v Lincoln City
- Huddersfield Town v Manchester City
- Middlesbrough v Oxford United
- Millwall v Leicester City
- Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea