Will The Big Manchester Duo Make It Through The FA Cup Fifth Round?
We have the unusual prospect of a midweek set of games in the FA Cup Fifth Round this week. Usually, these games are played over the weekend in February/March time each year with replays used if matches are tied after the initial 90 minutes.
However, given the shortened 2020/21 season, these games have been switched to midweek to facilitate a shorter season and it means that the 16 clubs battling it out for a place in the quarterfinals have another midweek date to attend to.
Two of those teams are the table-topping duo in the Premier League of Manchester City and Manchester United. Other top half teams participating this week include West Ham, Leicester City, Everton, Chelsea and Tottenham. Liverpool, Arsenal and Aston Villa are the top 10 sides already knocked out of the competition so far.
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So let’s now take a look at all eight games in the FA Cup this week, including the two games with the Manchester duo involved.
FA Cup Fifth Round Ties
Tuesday 9th February
Burnley v Bournemouth
If Bournemouth didn’t want to face any of the teams left in the draw it probably would have been a Burnley side that they have lost five of the last six against, as well as all the last four. Not only that but they have been well beaten in many of those games. Sean Dyche’s men are in decent form at the moment and with home advantage to boot, I would expect them to make comfortable progress into the quarterfinals.
- Match Tip – Burnley to win – 5/4
Manchester United v West Ham
It’s hard to know what to make of Manchester United’s form at the moment, especially at home. Away from home, they are almost invincible. At home, they are prone to lapses in form and results do dip. West Ham are in good form heading into this game and won’t be overawed at the prospect of facing United. This will be close and West Ham will give a good account of themselves but I feel the home side will do just enough to take the win.
- Match Tip – Manchester United to win – 8/15
Wednesday 10th February
Swansea City v Manchester City
Swansea City are doing well in the Championship and are well in the hunt for promotion and having lost just four times this season, they are not beaten often. However, Man City are on an incredible run of winning games and after their 4-1 demolition of Liverpool at Anfield, they won’t be too concerned about the trip to Swansea and in truth, this should be an easy win for them.
- Match Tip – Manchester City to win – 2/9
Leicester City v Brighton
This is the game which, I believe, could have the most chance of an upset result. Brighton have lost just one of their last nine, away to Man City, while Leicester’s home form this season has been somewhat poor at times. The Foxes have been great away from home and even if they rest a couple of key men here they will still have a strong side out. This is a tough one to call and I think a draw is the most likely outcome at the end of 90 minutes.
- Match Tip – Draw – 14/5
Sheffield United v Bristol City
It’s been a tough season for Sheffield United so far, but they have done well in the FA Cup. They have already knocked out one Bristol team in Rovers in the third round and I feel they are a good bet to do likewise here against City. The Robins have had a mixed campaign in the Championship and have only won one of their last four games. The Blades are a decent team and I think at home, they have more than enough to get the job done.
- Match Tip – Sheffield United to win – 4/6
Everton v Tottenham
I have to be honest here and say that I did change my mind on this game when I learned that Harry Kane was fit for Tottenham. Without him, Spurs looked a shadow of the team that topped the Premier League earlier in the season. Back with him at the weekend, they despatched West Brom and with their record at Goodison being so good, and Everton’s home record being so relatively poor, I am backing the visitors to land the win here.
- Match Tip – Tottenham to win – 9/5
Thursday 11th February
Wolves v Southampton
Southampton are in the middle of a miserable run of form at the moment having lost all of their last five Premier League games with only an FA Cup win over Arsenal to break that run. Wolves form isnt’ that great either but they do have a win or two in their last few games. Goals have been scarce for both teams of late and to me, this feels like a game where one goal will decide it and I think that is most likely to go Wolves way.
- Match Tip – Wolves to win – 11/8
Barnsley v Chelsea
Chelsea won an FA Cup tie 6-0 here a good few years back and they have a more recent win at Oakwell too in the League Cup. Thomas Tuchel has got the Londoners playing some decent football again and looking stronger defensively in the last three games and against a Barnsley side that have not won any of their last five, I can’t see the Premier League side having too much of a struggle. This should be a comfortable win for Chelsea in my view.
- Match Tip – Chelsea to win – 3/10
*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 1.35pm on Monday 8th February 2021.