The Magic of the Cup

This week’s four Premier League games are complimented by a further four FA Cup games, with five of the top six involved. Arsenal will hope to avoid a giant killing, Spurs and Man City should progress, while Jose will seek revenge on his old club.

Middlesborough v Manchester City

Cup competitions are something else entirely and upsets are routine but there’s no denying that Boro are struggling, mainly for goals. It’s been the case all season. They’re organised and hard to break down but have no reply once breached. Man City look dangerous again despite their goalless draw against Stoke and will want to get this finished early to focus on their run of difficult games. 0-2.

Arsenal v Lincoln

Arsenal have conceded thirteen in their last four, ten of those against Bayern. They did however beat their last National League opponents, Sutton. Wenger absolutely has to win and I expect him to do so, putting an end to Lincoln’s tremendous FA Cup run. 3-0.

Tottenham v Millwall

Millwall looked good in their wins over Watford and Leicester but I don’t think they can complete a Premier League hattrick here. There are first team opportunities to be had at Spurs in the cup but they’ll field a strong team once again and Kane could well get his second hattrick in two rounds. 4-1.

Chelsea v Manchester United

This is the biggest tie of the round. United have been 6th since 6th November and are unbeaten since. They have however drawn more games than anyone else in the Premiership and have scored less than the rest of the top seven. Chelsea are even more impressive, only dropping nine points since 1st October, their only losses coming at the Olympic Stadium in the EFL Cup and against Spurs in January. This isn’t likely to go the same way as their first league encounter (4-0). Ibrahimovic is banned but the pace of Rashford, Martial and Mkhitaryan could cause Chelsea problems. Kante v Pogba will be key and I see the ex-Leicester man coming out on top. 2-1.

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