Wednesday’s big match sees Arsenal entertain Tottenham just over two weeks on from their epic 4-2 victory, whilst Chelsea meet Bournemouth in another rematch from last season’s Quarter Final matches.
For Arsenal, this is going to be a test of their steel after seeing their 22 match unbeaten run end on Sunday.
During that run, they faced three fellow members of the ‘Big Six’ and their only win came against Spurs earlier
Tottenham however will be eying revenge after letting a 2-1 lead slip just over a fortnight ago. Their key area therefore is going to be defence as they simply switched off, leaving too much space which Arsenal constantly exploited throughout second half.
Repeat that here and they can kiss goodbye to another cup but Jose Mourinho’s departure from Old Trafford should inspire Spurs to try and get some silverware to inspire Mauricio Pochettino to stay rather than be tempted away.
I therefore am expecting a closer game but Tottenham will hit back here and secure passage to the last four.
Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Result: Arsenal 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
We should have an interesting battle between two out of form sides here as Chelsea aim to repeat their win from last season’s meeting at this stage.
In recent weeks, Chelsea have been quite sluggish when pressed hard by the opposition but have somehow kept their unbeaten home record going with a pair of 2-0 wins in last two home games, whilst losing two of their three away games.
Bournemouth however have lost their attacking prowess sine reaching this stage, so now would be an ideal time to rediscover that and particularly down the flanks.
They however seemed to come alive when facing members of the ‘Big Six’ over the past month, scoring against Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City which is a positive coming into this game.
This could therefore be a close affair as Chelsea have only Oliver Giroud available amongst their attackers.
In summary, Chelsea will be weary of keeping Giroud fit ahead of a hectic festive period which Bournemouth could exploit to their advantage if can find some confidence.
I therefore am going for Bournemouth to revenge their injury time defeat from last season but will be close.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Bournemouth
Result: Chelsea 1-0 Bournemouth