FA Cup 2016/17 Fifth Round Preview and Betting Tips

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Updated Thursday 23rd February 2017, 08:43 AM

The FA Cup returns and there are plenty of potential upsets just waiting to happen. With the likes of Lincoln City and Sutton United taking on Premier League opposition, this certainly promises to be a weekend to remember for fans who favour the underdog. Sports.net is on hand to preview the action.

The Fixtures

Saturday

Burnley v Lincoln - Lincoln have arguably been the team of the tournament so far, dispatching of Championship sides Ipswich and Brighton. The Imps now face Premier League opposition in the shape of Burnley, a team who have proved very difficult to handle on home soil. Expect the big boys to put little Lincoln in their place this Saturday.

  • Winner: Burnley 7/20, Draw 18/5, Lincoln City 13/2 - William Hill
  • Top Tip: Burnley to win 3-0 8/1 - BetVictor    

Huddersfield Town v Manchester City - A cold winter’s afternoon in West Yorkshire might not be familiar territory for Pep Guardiola, but the Spaniard should have little trouble when it comes to guiding his time into the last eight of the FA Cup. Even at home, expect the Terriers’ bark to be worse than their bite in what should be a routine win for City.

  • Winner: Man City 2/5, Draw 7/2, Huddersfield Town 7/1 - Bet365
  • Top Tip: Man City to win and BTTS 2/1 - William Hill

Middlesbrough v Oxford United - Boro narrowly snuck past Accrington Stanley in round four and now face an equally tricky task with Oxford United set to visit the Riverside Stadium. Aitor Karanka’s side have found goals hard to come by this season and could be in for a frustrating afternoon against a team who have already seen off Rotherham United and Newcastle.

  • Winner: Middlesbrough 8/15, Draw 3/1, Oxford United 9/2 - William Hill
  • Top Tip: Draw 3/1 - William Hill

Millwall v Leicester City - Millwall reached the final of this competition in 2004 and will be fancying their chances of making the last eight this season. The League One playoff contenders overcame Bournemouth and Watford in rounds three and four without conceding a goal, and will be eying a third Premier League scalp as they face a Leicester City team in crisis.

  • Winner: Leicester City 7/5, Millwall 15/8, Draw 23/10 - Bet365
  • Top Tip: Millwall to win to nil 19/5 - BetVictor

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea - Wolves may have already beaten Stoke City and Liverpool this year, but a game against Chelsea may prove a step too far for the team from Molineux. These two sides last locked horns in 2012 in a game that ended in a 6-0 drubbing for the men in amber. Don’t expect the scoreline to be as emphatic this time around, but a decent win could be on the cards for the West London outfit.   

  • Winner: Chelsea 2/5, Draw 4/1, Wolves 15/2 - Betfred
  • Top Tip: Chelsea to win by two goals 10/3 - Bet365

Sunday

Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur - Fulham enjoyed a 4-0 win when these two sides last met in the FA Cup in 2011, but the Cottagers were a very different beast back then. Now a mid-table Championship side, the West London club will be hoping to turn back the clock with a win over their city rivals, but Spurs might prove a little too strong for Slavisa Jokanovic’s men on this occasion.     

  • Winner: Tottenham 5/6, Draw 14/5, Fulham 3/1 - Sky Bet
  • Top Tip: Tottenham to win and BTTS 9/4 - Paddy Power

Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United - This game sees two former Premier League title winners go head-to-head, but one side certainly looks in better shape than the other. While United are hammering on the door of the Champions League places and still competing for four trophies, Rovers are on the verge of dropping into England’s third tier for the first time in over three decades. However, don’t expect Mourinho’s men to have things all their own way on what could be a difficult afternoon at Ewood Park.  

  • Winner: Man United 1/3, Draw 4/1, Blackburn 15/2 - Sky Bet
  • Top Tip: Man United to win and BTTS 2/1 - Boylesports

Monday

Sutton United v Arsenal - Having dumped AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United out of this season’s competition, non-league Sutton United were rewarded with a home tie against Premier League giants Arsenal. The North London side may be coming into this game off the back of a midweek thrashing by Bayern Munich, but Arsene Wenger’s men should progress with ease and end Sutton’s fairytale adventure.     

  • Winner: Arsenal 2/15, Draw 7/1, Sutton United 18/1 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Arsenal to win 5-0 16/1 - Paddy Power


*Please note, odds may fluctuate.


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