Time-honoured customs never fade away, FA Cup 2020-2021 season arrives into the fourth round while its lustrous cousin Premier League is halfway through. Landing straight into the third round, as usual, few high-profile clubs are up for a test this weekend while others can relax.
A cutthroat knockout drama, the Emirates FA Cup features around 700 clubs from different levels of England’s football. Clubs get their byes in a series of weeks on a hierarchical basis. Yester year’s Cup was procured by the Gunners, they and the Blues routed the Manchester Rivals in the semi-finals. However, the state of the defending champions and the runners up is miserable this year.
In the past decade, the Greater London teams have enjoyed unparalleled hegemony over the Football Association Cup. But the gates of Wembley Stadium are wide open for a new dominus this season. Thriving Foxes and Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton will have their shot. Jose Mourinho has led the Spurs into the Carabao Cup finale, he will have a similar plan for the FA Cup. The Manchester Rivals are gleaming while the Reds are looking for a nook in their climb.
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DAZN app and online platform cover most of the European audience and entire Brazil while regional TV channels entertain the left-out countries.
Various giants like Sony, PPTV, DAZN, and beIN Sport deliver the action to Asian viewers along with other channels and platforms.
ESPN network and ESPN+ platform are the broadcasting friends for the football fans from Australia, USA, Latin America and the Caribbean Islands. SABC, Azam Media, Supersport and Startimes broadcast the Emirates FA Cup in different regions of the African continent.
Chaos unravels in England’s football right now. Liverpool were eliminated in the fourth round by Manchester United. Meanwhile, this Sunday, Manchester City owned the Premier League with their victory at Anfield. The Toffees and Spurs battle it out, each vying for a trophy this season. United set the trap for the Hammers at Old Trafford. The Foxes and Seagulls are eager to lock horns. Thomas Tuchel inaugurates his masterclass in the FA Cup.
Manchester United VS West Ham
Following a stalemate against Everton 3-3, Manchester United lock horns with West Ham at Old Trafford for the fifth round of the FA Cup. A splendid first-half was let down by a sloppy second-half, Paul Pogba’s 39th-minute injury became one of the deciding factors, last weekend.
Frustration echoes through the walls of Old Trafford, Bruno Fernandes blurted out some. United play dull against the high profilers. Given the current situation at the league, grabbing the FA Cup might boost the morale of Solskjaer’s men.
Sharing the spoils with the Cottagers 0-0 in PL haven’t done any good for West Ham. They will play with their regulars in this game. Content at West Ham, Jesse Lingard, on-loan winger from United, fits right into the squad. He might see the field against his former club. However, consistency had been a problem for the 28-year-old.
Tomas Soucek, Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen will lead the attack. Soucek was the only goal-scorer in West Ham’s last meeting with the Red Devils. They got routed at home 1-3, United were clinical in the last quarter. Trashing of the Saints 9-0 yesterweek showed what the Red Devils are capable of. Bruno Fernandes will lead his side to a sizeable victory.
Swansea VS Manchester City
Once part of the league, second-tier Swansea are vying to break out from the decade-long jinx against Manchester City. Wednesday sees the contest held at Liberty Stadium. City ‘MAnfielded’ Liverpool 1-4 gone Sunday, in a league affair. Phil Foden was brilliant with the ball, Raheem Sterling’s influence was felt while Gundogan made up for his first-half shortcomings through a defining second half.
The league-leaders haven’t opened up their wings in the FA cup yet, few regulars were missing in the previous two games. Pep Guardiola creates mindboggling formations and shapes in the midfield. His men take it up from there, with their selfless gameplay. What takes place inside the Spaniard’s head is a mystery. Given their rivals’ history against them, he might change his starting XI and sit out some regulars.
Swansea humbled Nottingham 5-1 in the fourth round, to reach here. Swansea boss Steven Cooper will bring in Andre Ayew, their number 10 and goal stealer. Jamal Lowe already played a game in the FA Cup. Two key players have picked up injuries. One of them being Liam Cullen who scored a brace against Nottingham. All said the travellers are the outright favourites to win this fixture.
Leicester VS Brighton
Foxes meet the rising Seagulls at King Power Stadium coming Wednesday. Leicester shared the spoils with Wolves 0-0 in the previous Premier League game. Except for three yellow cards and an offside from the Foxes, the game was eventless.
Brendan Rodgers won’t take any risks, he will engage his lieutenant Jamie Vardy in this game. Ndidi is doubtful to play. Foxes’ playmaker James Maddison has been brilliant this year. At the back, Evans and Justin take care of the defence. Timothy Castagne, Dennis Praet and Wesley Fofana won’t see the field.
Upsetting two high-profilers back-to-back, Brighton settled with a draw against Burnley in the last game. The Seagulls haven’t tasted victory against the Foxes since 2014. Maddison and Vardy stole the show on Matchday 12 of the league, reducing Brighton to a clean sheet 3-0. Graham Potter and his men have the knack to see the weakness in the top-tier clubs. The balance can swing in either side, however, the Foxes are cunning enough to hunt the Seagulls.
Everton VS Tottenham
Reviving with a clean sheet victory against West Brom 2-0, Jose Mourinho goes against Carlo Ancelotti on the fifth round of the FA Cup. Everton host Tottenham at Goodison Park. It is not an overstatement to say that Harry Kane saved the day for the Spurs nor to say he is the powerhouse of Tottenham.
Jose Mourinho receives constant criticisms for his rigid gameplans. The situation reached a pinnacle as the Spurs lost three games in a row. Carlos Vinicius struggled to fulfil Kane’s shoes. The truth is, even Kane may struggle to suit the role Mourinho scripts for him if the latter stays longer with Spurs. Their striker Son is left handicapped if Kane is not present. Meanwhile, the Special One’s cold war with Gareth Bale continues but Bale gets more minutes in the FA Cup than in the league. Dele Alli and Reguilon’s absence have left a void in the club.
As for Everton, Pickford’s ribs injury is serious and Gbamin is on the treatment table for an Achilles tendon injury. The Toffees are good but haven’t found their momentum. Calvert-Lewin’s last-minute equalizer saved the day for Everton against the Red Devils. Both the managers will play it safe. The chances of a spot-kick showdown are high.
Barnsley VS Chelsea
Oakwell will see the game between Barnsley and Chelsea this Thursday night. The second-tier club is not doing well in its own league. Barnsley have lost three of the previous five while maintaining clean sheets in four. Cauley Woodrow is their leading scorer.
Chelsea, in contrast, are flying high after a long time. Credits to their new coach, Thomas Tuchel. Though he came in the middle of the season, the German didn’t slack and got to work right from the first day. If not for a howler from Rudiger against the Blades, Tuchel’s clean sheet account would have continued.
Academy treasure Mason Mount slotted a neat pass from Timo Werner. But as the night unfolded, Jorginho’s penalty became the decisive one. Curiosity jumps up thinking of the potential the Blues have under the master tactician. It’s the Blues’ party, no one can force them to cancel it.
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