Key FA Cup Fixtures To Set Reminders For
The fifth round of the FA Cup takes place the weekend of the 18th February, and there’s plenty of stake for the teams that have managed to make it to this point. From non-league Sutton United to the Premier League big-hitters like Tottenham and Manchester City, there’s no room for error as they seek to lift that famous trophy at Wembley in May. Here’s a little preview of some of the games to watch out for – don’t forget to use SportApp, the football reminder app, to offer alerts in advance of all the fixtures.
Sutton United vs Arsenal
What a great tie for non-league team, Sutton United, who overcome Leeds United in the fourth round to get further in the FA Cup than they’ve ever been before. Sutton’s team is a combination of professionals and semi-professional players, and many of them will never have played against footballers of Premier League quality before. But the FA Cup is known for its occasional shocks. If Arsene Wenger succumbs to temptation to play a weakened squad to rest his first-team players, the Sutton team could well overcome the odds to slay the Premier League giant.
Blackburn vs Manchester United
What a fall from grace it’s been for Blackburn Rovers. They were Premier League constants throughout the 1990s (even winning it in 1994/95), but after being relegated at the turn of the millennium, they’ve been up and down a multitude of times. They’re currently languishing in 23rd in the EFL Championship, and will come up against a formidable opponent in Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. United will be looking to retain the FA Cup, a feat only managed a handful of times over the years. Mourinho’s squad options are some of the best around, and second-string players like Bastian Schweinsteiger, last year’s final scorer Jesse Lingard and wonderkid Marcus Rashford could all get a start. Don’t miss this match by downloading SportApp for free from the App store and Google Play so you can set your football reminders.
Millwall vs Leicester City
Leicester City’s league form has been terrible this season – but a decent run in the cup could help cement Ranieri’s position and save him from the sack if the champions end up being relegated just a year after lifting the trophy. That said, Millwall have already dumped Premier League opposition out of the cup – they beat Watford 1-0 in January to make it through to the fifth round. Will Neil Harris’ League One team pull off another FA Cup shock?
Fulham vs Tottenham Hotspur
With five teams from the capital still in the draw, there was always a high chance of the fifth round producing a London derby. Fulham will welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Craven Cottage, where they’ll hope they can produce a shock to make it to the next round. The atmosphere will certainly be fiery, as it always is with derby games. It’s not been long since Fulham were actually in the Premier League, having been relegated in 2014 – they still retain the players capable of going much further in the famous FA Cup.
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