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Will there be a giant killer in the 5th round of the FA Cup?

Friday 17th February 2017
The FA Cup is notorious for upsets, which is why the bookies offer such good odds for nearly all FA Cup ties. With sensible selections, it is possible to make an extra few quid in FA Cup games. 

Huddersfield Town v Manchester City (City to win: 4/9)

With Guardiola, out of the League cup and already ruling his side out of the Premier League title race, winning the FA Cup may just about settle City fans' expectations this season. Not only this but should City finish outside of the top four, winning the FA Cup would be an excellent way for the Sky Blues to qualify for Champions League football for next season. With Huddersfield sitting in a respectable third place, fans would forgive manager David Wagner for resting key players to concentrate on his promotion push. I cannot look past City for this one.

Millwall v Leicester City (Leicester to win: 11/8)

Despite Ranieri likely to rest some key players for the relegation battle he and his side faces, you must remember that Leicester are the current Premier League champions, sitting 33 football league places above their opponents. Ranieri may be keen to please fans with a good FA Cup run, which also could continue their European adventure for another season. Millwall have been in some good form of late, but the power of Leicester's side should be enough to ease past the London side.

Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur (Fulham to win: 15/4)

Tottenham survived a scare in the previous round against League Two Wycombe, with Son Heung-min rescuing a place in the fifth round with a 90+7th-minute winner. Pochettino is likely to play his kids against Fulham as he looks to cement his place in the top four of the Premier League. Fulham have played well in the Championship picking up 3 wins in their last four games. It will be an interesting tie, with Fulham at home the former Premier League side could prove to be a tough test against Tottenham's youth.

Sutton United v Arsenal (Arsenal Clean Sheet (Yes): 4/5)

Sutton United have been on an epic journey in this year's FA Cup. Leaving some tops teams in their wake, they are the lowest ranked side in this year's FA Cup fifth round. Arsene Wenger has put out experienced sides with youth in previous rounds which has proved a success. I think Arsenal will definitely be weary of Sutton United's power through inspiration and will set out to tactically nullify this. I can see Arsenal silencing Sutton's FA Cup dream and would expect them to keep a clean sheet at Gander Green Lane.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea (Both teams to score (Yes): 4/5)

Chelsea has clearly set the Premier League alight this season with Conte implementing his philosophy instantly. In previous rounds, Chelsea has dominated fixtures with weakened sides but have also left defensive holes in their defence. League One side Peterborough were extremely unlucky not to come away with a goal as they dominated the opening 25 minutes. With Wolves doing well also and signing £13million attacker Helder Costa, he will be looking to prove himself against a top Premier League side. Both teams to score in this fixture looks to a good bet.
Jack Drury
19 years of age. Sport and Exercise Science Student at Loughborough University. Peterborough United.

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