What a week it has been. There’s been football on every single day, from Monday Night Football through to the return of the Champions League. Now, we welcome back the FA Cup. It’s time for the Premier League lads to pack their bags and face the lower league opposition. Pass me a meat and potato pie.
Fortress Turf Moor
Of the seven Premier League managers remaining in the fifth round of the Cup, six are on the road this weekend. Just Sean Dyche’s Burnley are staying on home turf, which is probably for the best, as The Clarets have secured just one point on their travels this season.
Lincoln are heading up to Lancashire this weekend, where the wind and snow was too much for Chelsea last time out. Burnley are the 1/3 favourites to advance over the non-league side.
Oxford head to the Riverside Stadium to face Middlesbrough, who have been struggling in the league – they are without a win in their last eight games, their longest winless streak since February 2009 – but may look for some redemption in the FA Cup.
Playing away from home
Manchester City are making the short trip to Huddersfield Town, who are third in the Championship and head into the game on the back of four consecutive wins. They’re 11/2 to cause an upset whilst Pep’s side are 4/9.
Chelsea had a tough time braving the trip up North last weekend, and now head to the Midlands to pay a visit to Wolves. When they last met in 2012, The Blues put six in the net. It’s 90/1 for a repeat of that tomorrow.
Manchester United return to Ewood Park for the first time since April 2012 this weekend. That ended in a 2-0 win over the Rovers, thanks to goals from Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, two of the six members of that squad who still remain at the club.
United head into the game on a nine-game unbeaten run in the competition and having won 13 of their last 15 against Rovers, and with the sell-out Darwen End full of thousands of Reds. They’re 4/11 to get the win and 13/10 to win to nil.
Tottenham make the short trip to Fulham, who tasted victory over the top tier side last time they met in the FA Cup. It’s 7/2 for them to get the win again here, over a Spurs side who were torn apart by Liverpool last time out.
It’s the first time that two non-league sides have made it to the fifth round, and Sutton welcome Arsenal to a sell-out Gander Green Lane, a ground 12 times smaller than they are used to. They’re a huge 17/1 to provide the biggest shock of them all.
If you fancy all of the travelling Premier League teams to win (Leicester, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal) you’re looking at a pocket-filling 11/1.
All prices correct at the time of publication.
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