FA CUP: Fifth Round Preview

Arsenal vs Hull City

Both teams seeking a league title this season in the Premier League and Championship respectively, with both playing with confidence. This should be an interesting game, but with Arsenal hosting Hull at The Emirates I can see no other result than an Arsenal victory.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Hull City

Reading play host to West Brom on Saturday in what could well be a very close game. West Brom haven’t had their best season but are sitting comfortable in the league.

Prediction: Reading 0-2 West Brom

The big talking point

On Sunday Chelsea play host to Manchester City with both teams looking to make a statement.

The home side have recently hit a strong vein of form since the appointment of Guus Hiddink, with Diego Costa back amongst the goals will be seeking to continue with this form.

Manchester City however, have suffered two home defeats to title rivals in their last two matches, so they will be looking to a return to form in what may well be a tight game at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have been free flowing in attack of late, whilst City have struggled at the back through main culprits Mangala and Otamendi. But with captain Kompany back in the side at the weekend, they should be stronger.

Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester City

Blackburn vs West Ham

Blackburn will be a tricky opponent for West Ham. The Hammers have enjoyed a fruitful season in the league however, so will go into this one seeking a comfortable win. I do see this one as being the only real surprise in the fifth round.

Prediction: Blackburn 3-2 West Ham

Monday night full of cup of action

Manchester United travel to Shrewsbury who held off Sheffield Wednesday at home in their last outing in the cup.

The away side are struggling for form once again after suffering defeat at the hands of Sunderland at the weekend. But I feel this will be a step too far for the home side and on that basis I predict a United win.

Prediction: Shrewsbury 0-3 Manchester United

Everton travel down south to Bournemouth on Monday night for what should be an entertaining fixture if there last result was anything to go by in the 3-3 draw in November.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-3 Everton

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace

Flying high in the league, Spurs will go into this game with a lot of confidence. They do have a Euro League tie to deal with on Thursday night which may impede them going into this fixture. But with Harry Kane in great form, I can only imagine a home victory.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Crystal Palace

Watford vs Leeds United

I can only see one winner in this match. Leeds have had a poor season but would love a cup run to dispose of the misery of their league form.

Prediction: Watford 2-0 Leeds United

I don’t expect there will be many surprises in the fifth round, as many of these fixtures look set to be mismatches on current form guides.

Having said that, it is the FA Cup, and as always anything can happen.

Predicting the FA Cup Winner: Manchester United

Manchester United have seemingly had a rather easy path through the rounds so far, and if that continues they may well be on for their first trophy in three years.

I could however see Chelsea winning the cup this season also. With no league pressure, this could be a favourable tournament for them for the rest of the season should they get past Manchester City on Sunday.

Not Arsenal? Not Manchester City? Not Tottenham?

For me they currently have too much focus on the Premier League, and with European fixtures set to affect the rest of the season I feel the FA Cup will be a step too far for these three high flying teams.

Source: fa.com


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