elfBy Oladapo Okeowo

Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Liverpool into this FA Cup game after two consecutive losses which include a painful one at the hands of Southampton. The loss dented their title hopes as they missed out on the EFL Final. This might cause Jurgen Klopp to revise his policy of using unblooded young players to navigate Cup games. Liverpool are at a point where they can affod no more slip-ups.

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Wolves are having a torrid time themselves in the Championship as they currently are 18th on the table. Chris Lambert would be hopin for an upset that just might jumpstart their season.

Time: Saturday at 1.30pm

 

Chelsea v Brentford

13 wins from 14 games played in all competitons while averaging 2 goals per game. This game would like it already has a winner but this is the FA Cup, the competiton that throws up upsets and fairytale runs. Brentford wuld be bringing Josh McEachran with them to the Stamford Bridge.  A talent who left as his chances of making the first team were very slim.

The last time these two teams met, Chelsea won after a replay.

Conte might take this chance to rest first team players by giving the youngúns a run-out.

Time: Saturday at 4pm

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Wycombe Wanderers

Tottenham have started this season where they left off the last. Competitng on all fronts, especially the EPL though they had a blighty Champions League campaign. Currently 3rd on the table, Pochettino might sacrifice the FA Cup for the EPL as he has a midweek game and would want his first team fresh.

Wycombe are themselves on hot form with an unbeaten run that dates back to November last yera. I expect the Spurs to knick this but an upset won’t be much of a surprise.

Time: Saturday at 4pm

 

 

Crystal Palace v Manchester City

Crystal Palace will be able to call on the services of Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako who have returned from the African Nations Cup. They would be hoping to give their fans a win to cheer after the spate of gloomy results. This would be an uphill task as they face a Manchester City team that is champing at the bit to prove their season is not over and are to be reckoned with.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed the return of the club captain, Vincent Kompany. Here is to hoping he stays fit to allow us get to see a top player week in week out and maybe, cure Man City’s defensive ills.

Time: Saturday at 4pm

Southampton v Arsenal

Both teams are in a feelgood zone. Soutampton’s from having qualified for a Cup final since 1979 and Arsenal for an unbeaten run since the year started. The game would be the fist of 4 match bans handed to Arsene Wenger by the FA on Friday.

The Saints have been quite a tough nut to crack for the Gunners but the 12-time champions will be confident of winning it and moving on to the next round.

Time: Saturday at 6.30pm

 

Manchester United v Wigan Athletic

Though they lost their last game 2-1 against Hull City, Manchester United go into this FA Cup game assured of a trip to Wembley. Jose is expected to field a strong side as the Cup competitions are his best chance at silverare in this his first season at Old Trafford.

Time: Sunday at 4pm