The FA Cup returns this weekend for the fifth round but at first glance of the fixtures, there shouldn’t be an upset in sight.
This is the FA Cup, though, so right off an upset at your peril. There’s to bound to be at least one surprising result, but where will it be?
Two of our writers predict where the upsets might happen this weekend below….
Man United. The Red Devils came unstuck against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium earlier this season and Jose Mourinho has developed a curious knack of being out-Mourinhoed by other teams who put bodies behind the ball and take their chances at the other end. Perhaps David Wagner will be more concerned with Premier League survival, but United travel to Sevilla on Wednesday night so it’s likely both teams will put out weakened sides.
If Huddersfield fans can create the right atmosphere, and if a few of United’s squad players aren’t on top of their games, we could see a real upset – especially bearing in mind the pressure that’s now on United to win silverware.
On the back of a trip to Turin and an epic Champions League away night, Tottenham Hotspur might be ripe for an upset when they travel to Rochdale for what will be a very different task with a very different motivation.
But if I had to choose one, I’d have to go with Brighton and Coventry: the Sky Blues have already beaten Premier League opposition on their way to this round, and with the relegation battle in the top division looking more and more like a lottery, you could certainly forgive Chris Hughton for prioritising the league over the cup in a bid to gain even the extra point which may well be enough to secure survival come the final day of the season.