FA Cup: What to look out for in the quarter-finals this weekend

FA Cup: What to seem out for within the quarter-finals this weekend


FA Cup 5th spherical: Watch the most efficient objectives
FA Cup quarter-finals at the BBC
Date: 16-17 March
Protection of all fits, together with highlights, around the BBC Recreation site and app; Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United and Millwall v Brighton & Hove Albion survive BBC One; in depth protection on BBC Radio Five Reside and native radio; are living textual content remark at the BBC Recreation site

It is FA Cup quarter-final weekend, with all 4 ties performed to a end at the day and groups allowed to make a fourth substitution if video games cross to additional time.

Millwall, 19th within the Championship, are the bottom ranked of the remainder 8 golf equipment, whilst Manchester United are searching for to win the contest for a joint-record 13th time.

3 of the 4 video games are on Saturday, the opposite on Sunday.

United’s tie at four-time winners Wolverhampton Wanderers is survive BBC One on Saturday (19:55 GMT) – as is Sunday’s fit between Millwall and Brighton & Hove Albion (14:00).

BBC Recreation takes a have a look at this weekend’s ties.

Watford v Crystal Palace: Will Roy get a finger at the cup?

Saturday, 16 March (12:15 GMT)

Image the scene: It is 18 Would possibly and 71-year-old Roy Hodgson is main Crystal Palace out at a sun-drenched Wembley. It is a situation Hodgson admits has crossed his thoughts.

“It might be an improbable scenario to search out myself in, and I’d cherish to do it, although I handiest were given a finger at the trophy,” mentioned the Palace boss, whose managerial profession began 43 years in the past in Sweden.

With Palace now not out of relegation hassle, staying within the Premier League stays Hodgson’s precedence.

Then again, the Eagles are two wins from a 2nd FA Cup last in 4 seasons – who may fail to remember Alan Pardew’s touchline dance when Jason Puncheon put them forward in opposition to Manchester United in 2016?

‘Optimistically I’m going to know when time is correct’ – Hodgson on retirement

Key to Palace’s hopes of development in opposition to Premier League competitors Watford might be Michy Batshuayi.

The on-loan Chelsea ahead has scored in all 3 of his earlier appearances in opposition to the Hornets, claiming 4 objectives, all in Premier League video games whilst on the Stamford Bridge membership.

Watford are flying underneath Javi Gracia, 8th within the desk and 3 issues clear of a club-record Premier League issues tally with 8 video games closing.

Midfielder Will Hughes advised BBC Radio Five Reside’s The Monday Night Club: “Now we have long gone underneath the radar.

Will Hughes has helped Watford do a Premier League double over Crystal Palace this season

“The way in which we’re enjoying, it could not be going a lot better on the subject of our place within the league.

“Now we have now not were given previous 45 issues within the Premier League so we’re in an improbable place to reach that.”

Do you know? Neither Watford nor Crystal Palace have conceded a function on this season’s FA Cup.

Swansea Town v Manchester Town: Will Pep win his first FA Cup?

Saturday, 16 March (17:20 GMT)

It is not that way back Swansea Town beat Premier League leaders Manchester Town, exchange Luke Moore’s header knocking Roberto Mancini’s males off the summit in March 2012.

An terrible lot has took place within the seven years since.

Swansea have long gone from the Europa League in 2014 to a mid-table Championship aspect, whilst Town, who recovered from defeat on the Liberty Stadium to win the league seven years in the past, have long gone from power to power.

Celina v Foden: Town kids reunited in FA Cup.

The Welsh membership’s arrangements weren’t helped by means of a league sport at West Brom on Wednesday – a fit they lost 3-0.

Graham Potter’s aspect arrived again in south Wales within the early hours of Thursday, leaving them little time to arrange for Pep Guardiola’s seek advice from.

However Swansea’s Kosovo midfielder Bersant Celina believes his aspect can provide a just right account of themselves in opposition to his former membership.

Celina, 22, made 4 first-team appearances all over Manuel Pellegrini’s time at Etihad Stadium.

“Manchester Town is the place I changed into a person,” Celina tells BBC Recreation Wales.

“The membership had been a large affect on me. They’d plenty of actually just right younger gamers and superb coaches.

“The brand new academy was once constructed whilst I used to be there and it was once an excellent position to be.

“I used to be in reality the primary individual to transport into the academy and are living there. I simply sought after to be round that position so I may play soccer always.”

Luke Moore heads Swansea’s winner in opposition to top-of-the-table Manchester Town in 2012

Since their final FA Cup look, a 4-1 win at Newport County, Manchester Town have received the Carabao Cup and stay on the right track for an astonishing quadruple.

They, too, had been in midweek motion – sticking seven previous Schalke within the Champions League. That took their tally for the season in league and cups video games to an unbelievable 137 objectives.

Don’t be expecting Guardiola to take this tie evenly. The Spaniard has but to win the FA Cup and is prone to identify a robust aspect.

Do you know? Swansea Town had been eradicated in six in their previous seven FA Cup ties in opposition to Premier League warring parties.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United: Ole fed to the Wolves?

Saturday, 16 March (19:55 GMT) survive BBC One

What a season Wolves are having.

They have already marked their Premier League go back by means of beating Tottenham and Chelsea – in addition to knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup.

Will Nuno Espirito Santo’s aspect finish Manchester United’s hopes of profitable the trophy this season at a sold-out Molineux?

Can ‘Mystic Matt’ Doherty expect the long run?

“We are going to take a look at to do one thing nice,” Wolves’ Morocco world Romain Saiss advised the Express & Star.