The FA Cup returns this weekend for the fifth round stage as 16 teams fight it out to book a place in the quarter-finals of the most famous club competition in the world, as we celebrate with a cracking Ladbrokes free bets offer worth £50!
With the two teams leading the way in the Premier League – Manchester City and Manchester United – already knocked out, the draw is more open than usual with many teams eyeing significant progress in this year’s competition.
Kicking off the action this weekend is a clash between Chelsea and Birmingham at Stamford Bridge. This gets underway at 12.30pm with the home side under massive pressure to get the victory.
Andre Villas-Boas’ men have been in extremely poor form of late, leading to much speculation about the manager’s future. With this in mind, a victory over Birmingham – who are flying in the Championship right now – would be more than welcome.
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There are then three 3pm fixtures on Saturday afternoon, with Millwall v Bolton arguably the most likely to see an upset. The home teams are then the favourites when Everton take on Blackpool and Norwich host Leicester, although the visitors will be up for the challenge.
In the late kick-off on Saturday, there is a repeat of last weekend’s Premier League fixture between Sunderland and Arsenal. Martin O’Neill’s men will be hoping to get revenge for the 2-1 defeat as Arsenal look to respond to their horrific evening in Milan during the week.
Moving on to Sunday, there are three FA Cup fifth round fixtures with Crawley Town v Stoke City first up. This is a massive occasion for League Two Crawley as they look to put their promotion race on hold to upset a Stoke side that will be tired from the Europa League exploits during the week.
It is a similar story for Stevenage at 2pm on Sunday when they host Premier League title contenders Tottenham. This is one of the best draws they could have hoped for and they will want to make it a day to remember against Harry Redknapp’s men.
The final game of the FA Cup fifth round is the fifth Premier League v Championship fixture as Liverpool – who moved past Manchester United in the last round – host a Brighton side that has already dealt with Newcastle United in this year’s FA Cup.
There is plenty of room for upsets this weekend, so bring on the fifth round!