It’s back again. After the absence of a week the FA Cup returns to us in this jam packed Covid impacted season.
We saw giantkillings in the last round we are sure to see them again in this round.
Here are five fixtures to look out for this weekend and my predictions.
If you’re feeling bored during another lockdown weekend, have a go and see if you can beat me. (You probably can)
AFC Bournemouth vs Crawley Town
Leeds in the last round, this one should be a piece of cake for the visitors.
It’s the FA Cup and these are the games that could potentially throw up a shock.
Crawley will be riding on the crest of a wave following their exploits against Leeds in the last round.
They come up against a tough Cherries side, who have recovered well under Jason Tindall after relegation from the Premier League.
With no non-league sides left in the competition it is up to the League One and Two sides to provide the upsets.
And this has the potential to be one of those.
Brighton vs Blackpool
Graham Potter knows his side could probably do without this game as they battle for survival in the top flight.
However, the FA Cup can almost breed momentum.
For Blackpool they will be riding high after knocking out West Brom in the last round on penalties.
Neil Critchley is assembling a promising side at Bloomfield Road, and if this one was at their place they would have fancied progression.
They are away and Brighton will be obvious favourites, but after the last round Blackpool will have the taste for another upset.
Chelsea vs Luton Town
It should be routine for the Blues, but as we know, the FA Cup isn’t a routine competition.
Luton are mid table at the moment, not looking like going up or going down, so they will be all out in this one.
In contrast Chelsea are in rotten form.
Frank Lampard is well under pressure and a cup win, although not huge, would ease that pressure slightly.
It is a great opportunity for Luton to put a dagger into Lampard and his side.
It won’t be easy, but if they can do it will Lampard’s days be numbered?
Brentford vs Leicester City
For me this has the potential to be the tie of the round.
Both sides play attractive football, one is at the top end of the Premier League and the other in the same place in the Championship.
Both are managed by managers with superb tactical know how in Frank and Rodgers, so it should make for a fascinating match up.
Manchester United vs Liverpool
It can’t be any more boring than last weekend’s Premier League match up can it.
Well, we can hope.
It’s the FA Cup and its a big rivalry so it has to be one to watch.
You’d like to think it won’t be as cat and mouse as the Premier League affair, and both sides will go for it.
Also, you’d have thought both will put out weakened sides with their busy Premier League schedule.
Let’s hope they both take the handbrake off and we see some goals.
Southampton vs Arsenal – HOME WIN
Barnsley vs Norwich City – AWAY WIN
AFC Bournemouth vs Crawley Town – HOME WIN
Brighton vs Blackpool – AWAY WIN
Millwall vs Bristol City – HOME WIN
Sheffield United vs Plymouth – HOME WIN
Swansea City vs Nottingham Forest – DRAW
West Ham United vs Doncaster Rovers – HOME WIN
Cheltenham Town vs Manchester City – AWAY WIN
Chelsea vs Luton Town – AWAY WIN
Brentford vs Leicester City – HOME WIN
Fulham vs Burnley – HOME WIN
Manchester United vs Liverpool – AWAY WIN
Everton vs Sheffield Wednesday – HOME WIN