The FA Cup quarter-finals fixtures are set to be played during the weekend and here is a look at what to expect during and after the games.
Crystal Palace to ride on impressive away form
Watford and Crystal Palace will be optimistic of their chances of making it to the FA Cup semi-finals when they clash on Saturday. Watford are in excellent form after losing just four of their last 18 matches in all competitions. As a matter of fact, they have lost just one competitive game to teams outside the top six at Vicarage Road this season. Crystal Palace are not exactly in bad shape either. Their form away from Selhurst Park is much better than when playing in front of their home crowd. In fact, they have only lost one of their last seven matches on the road, and they will be banking on this for a good result.
Another giant slaying performance by Wolves?
Wolverhampton Wanderers are out for another giant slaying performance against Manchester United. They have not shied away from demonstrating their ambitions of being a big player in the English game, and so far they look well on track to get there. What’s more, they know how to get results when coming up against the big teams in the Premier League. Last weekend they were denied a win at Stamford Bridge by a late Chelsea equaliser, but they have taken points off Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United this season. Whether they can repeat the same on Saturday will remain to be seen though.
Manchester City in search of a treble
Manchester City’s quest for an unprecedented quadruple continues when they face Swansea in the FA Cup. Swansea were lucky to have avoided Premier League opposition in each of their three cup outings so far, but now their luck has run out. Manchester City have scored an impressive 30 goals in their last ten matches, and away from home, they have won seven of their last eight. The apparent difference in quality between the two sides should stand out and you can expect City to move a step closer to their third piece of silverware of the season.
End of the road for Millwall?
Millwall will be eager to dispatch another top-flight outfit when they face Brighton in the FA Cup quarter final. Millwall’s season is not going to plan as they are in the depths of the Championship relegation battle. That notwithstanding they have been excellent in the FA Cup so far. They have beaten the likes of Hull, Everton, and Wimbledon to make it this far. Brighton’s away form has taken a turn for the better over the last few months. They have won three of their last six away games, including FA Cup ties with Bournemouth and West Brom and we think Millwall won’t be too much of a problem for them.