2017-18 FA Cup: Fifth round draw

The FA Cup fifth round draw featured seven definite Premier League teams with Tottenham Hotspur, Huddersfield and Swansea needing replays in order to get through.

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FA Cup fifth round draw has been made

Out of the EFL sides left, Coventry, Wigan and Sheffield United will be dreaming of glamour ties as they seek to cause cupsets. 

Here at Sport Grill, we round up the three best ties of this round. 


Huddersfield Town/Birmingham City vs Manchester United

From a weak draw, this is the stand out tie because if Manchester United head to Huddersfield, it should be a cracker after the Terriers beat them in October 2-1 at home.

The three FA Cup meetings in this fixture so far have all been at Old Trafford, making this exciting. 

Should it be a trip to Birmingham then defeat would be a massive shock, against a team fighting the Championship drop. 

The Brummies’ first meeting with United in this competition needed two replays but since then, there has been four more meetings. 

United have won three of them but Birmingham won and drew their home games, meaning that we could have a tight match at St Andrews. 

Either way, whoever hosts the Red Devils will fancy their chances for different reasons. 


Millwall/Rochdale vs Newport/Tottenham

Should it be Millwall vs Tottenham then we have an instant rematch of last season’s Quarter Final. 

Spurs have won all of their meetings against the Lions but in the only tie at the Den, they managed a 0-0 draw during the 1966-67 tournament. 

Newport would be easier competition for Millwall, if they both progress. 

Rochdale are yet to meet Newport or Tottenham in any cup so would fancy their chances of a cupset here. 

Although there is total uncertainty regarding who will contest this tie out of those four teams, this could well see a cupset if Mauricio Pochettino prioritises the league and Europe. 


Wigan vs Manchester City

Of course this has to feature for a couple of reasons. 

For starters, this is Wigan’s first home meeting with Manchester City since beating them in the 2013 FA Cup final, then following it up the following season in Quarter Finals. 

Secondly, Wigan have already dumped two top flight clubs out at home (Bournemouth and Wigan). Those cupsets will give the Latics more belief in beating the bookies’ favourites here. 

This fixture has been held four times in FA Cup.

Excluding the 2013 final at Wembley, three of those meetings have come at Man City’s ground, making this the first FA Cup clash at the DW Stadium between these sides. 

If want to use two League Cup meetings in Wigan as a signpost, they drew the first clash under old two legged format before managing a 1-0 win in 2002-03 season. 

Will their form and those two signposts hand Wigan hope here of dumping out Manchester City?


  • Shout out to Sheffield Wednesday vs Swansea as Carlos Carvalhal takes his Swans back to his old stomping ground.

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