2018-19 FA Cup: Fifth Round Draw Highlights

After a dramatic weekend full of shocks from Millwall’s late winner against Everton to AFC Wimbledon thrashing West Ham, 21 teams qualified for the fifth round draw so who is set for a tough test?

Without further ado, here are the fifth round draw stand out ties.

Chelsea v Manchester United

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Without a doubt is this the biggest tie from the draw as last season’s finalists will meet at Stamford Bridge in a massive clash. 

Chelsea might of won four of last five meetings, drawing the other but are currently on an inconsistent run of form, whereas Manchester United are currently flying and knocked Arsenal out this weekend. 

Add in the fact that this tie will be taking place amongst a hectic resumption of European cup competitions which will see squad rotations, therefore adding another ingredient to what will be an blockbuster clash. 

The Blues also failed to beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when he was a player at United – losing two of three FA Cup meetings, although one of those losses was via replay.

Can they now beat him as a manager or is Gunnar Solskjaer going to be a hoodoo for Chelsea?

 

Doncaster Rovers vs Crystal Palace

Doncaster Rovers will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Millwall and Bradford City by becoming the third League One club in five seasons to knock out a Premier League side at this stage en route to a Quarter Final appearance. 

Crystal Palace meanwhile have a dodgy FA Cup record with only three appearances at this stage in this century, losing on first two occasions against Premier League opposition before overcoming Tottenham in 2016 en route to the runner-up spot. 

This therefore has cupset potentially written all over it, despite Palace winning four of their six previous trips to the Keepmoat Stadium and drawing on other two occasions. 

 

Boro/Newport v Manchester City

Depending on whoever wins at Rodney Parade, Manchester City look set to face a tough test. 

This stage in recent seasons haven’t been kind to the Citizens with two defeats in last three seasons sandwiched by a goalless draw against Huddersfield, then of Championship before progressing via a replay. 

Middlesbrough and Newport therefore definitely can believe in causing a cupset if City don’t turn up and deliver, now that extra time and penalties will follow if level after 90 minutes instead of a replay. 

Add in the return of Champions League football the midweek after away at Schalke then Pep Guardiola has some tough decisions ahead of him about which cup is the priority. 

If facing Newport then there shouldn’t be much trouble for a second string side, whereas Boro will pose a much sterner test if can shake off their recent home wobble. 

 

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