The FA Cup fifth round has plenty of interesting scenarios with two non league teams through for the first time ever. Let take a look at the five best ties from the 5th round draw.
Sutton United vs Arsenal
Doesn’t get bigger than this with Arsene Wenger taking his Gunners to Sutton for a place in the quarter finals at stake.
Arsenal will be favourites to progress but the tie falls after a midweek trip to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Sutton will play their normal game which could trouble the visitors, the longer it stays 0-0.
Burnley vs Lincoln City
This is a great tie for neutrals with Lincoln heading to a Premier League ground for the first time in years.
Burnley will be tough to beat at home given their impeccable home record this season. If there’s one team who can produce a cupset at Turf Moor then its the Imps. They will however need to repeat their lively performances from their run so far.
Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester United
This could be a potential banana skin for Jose Mourinho because Blackburn have a tough record against top flight opposition at this stage of the FA Cup. Remember them beating Arsenal at this stage in the 2012-13 tournament?
United also has two Europa League ties in six days meaning that wholesale changes will be required if they are to progress in both cups.
Rovers might have Lyon to thanks for their second leg having to be played on the following Wednesday because the Red Devils must play Thursday – Sunday – Wednesday that week. The League Cup final is also the weekend after meaning that Mourinho might be more keen to sacrifice the FA Cup and field a weakened team.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea
Antonio Conte faces his biggest test so far as he takes Chelsea to Molineux for his first away FA Cup tie. Wolverhampton Wanderers will be no pushovers after seeing off Liverpool in the last round and will be eager to claim another Premier League victim.
The Wolves have signed winger, Helder Costa who could cause problems for Chelsea. He has been one of the Championship’s best players this season and will be confident of showing off his talent against the Blues.
Conte lost his first away tie in the League Cup to a side beginning with W. Could fate be about repeat itself, this time in the FA Cup?
Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City
Huddersfield will be confident of knocking out an unpredictable Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side have been inconsistent away from home and with an away tie in the Champions League on the following Tuesday, will be likely to rest players.
The Terriers are managed by Jurgen Klopp’s former assistant, David Wagner. Could he turn to Klopp for advice on how to see off the Citizens or will City dispatch Huddersfield with ease?
Both clubs have been in contrasting shapes since their last meeting 17 years ago making this an unpredictable tie and with the above factors in play, it could go either way.
That’s your top five FA Cup ties for the weekend of 17-20th February. Check out over that weekend for my previews of each tie.