Preview of Round 5 of the FA Cup
The Champions League returns after a big break and only sixteen teams remain in the FA Cup. This weekend, we’ll witness English teams compete in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Crystal Palace will play host to the seven time winners, Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers’ side defeated Bolton Wanderers in the replay of the fourth round proper. Liverpool came back from behind and the score at the end of the match was 1 – 2, as Sterling and Coutinho scored late goals to stay in the competition. The Eagles will pose a big threat for the five-time European champions at Selhurst Park. According to Bet365, Liverpool are 21/20 to win the game on Saturday.
The other four top division teams which will go head to head this week are: West Brom and West Ham; Aston Villa and Leicester City. It is hard to predict which teams will go through as it is a competition famous for upsets. Sam Allardyce’s West Ham have had an impressive run in the league this campaign and the odds of them winning the game at the Hawthorns is ….. Paul Lambert has been sacked from his job at Aston Villa. The Villans are 29/20 to win the game at Villa Park, according to Bet365.
The holders, Arsenal will invite Middlesbrough on Sunday. The Championship team eliminated the English champions, Manchester City in the previous round and it won’t be much of a surprise if they can cause yet another upset. Middlesbrough are 13/2 to win the game at the Emirates and punters can take a chance on putting their money on them to reap huge benefits.
Manchester United are the favorites to win this prestigious cup competition as Chelsea and Manchester City have crashed out of it. Van Gaal’s men will travel to Preston on Monday and the Red Devils could grab a comfortable victory. According to Bet365, Manchester United are 4/9 to win the game, while a draw is 7/2 and not many are expecting them to lose as Preston are 13/2 to win the game.
Bradford vs Sunderland is another interesting fixture this weekend. Bradford got an incredible victory against the Premier League leaders, Chelsea in the fourth round proper. Sunderland won 1 – 3 away at Fulham and it will be anybody’s game on Sunday. The other two FA Cup matches which will be played this weekend are: Derby County vs Reading; Blackburn vs Stoke City.