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A look ahead to this weekend’s PL and FA Cup action

This weekend football fans are in for a treat as both Premier League and FA Cup matches will take place across the country as the run-in to the end of the season hot’s up.

The FA Cup has reached the quarter-final stage with a place at Wembley at stake for the remaining eight teams.

Swansea City vs Tottenham get us underway in the early kick-off in the FA Cup on Saturday as both briefly turn their attentions away from league matters. Spurs sit 3rd in the Premier League whilst Swansea have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes recently climbing away from the bottom of the table into 14th under new manager Carlos Carvalhal.

Although a place at Wembley in the semi-final is at stake, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have adopted the national stadium as their home this season whilst their new ground is being constructed, meaning the two sides will be playing at Wembley anyway in a replay if a draw is played out at The Liberty.

Manchester United face Brighton at Old Trafford in the second FA Cup game on Saturday following their exit from the Champions League in midweek. The FA Cup is the only realistic trophy left for Jose Mourinho’s side to win with Manchester City running away with the Premier League.

Brighton meanwhile come into the game having won four in their last six in all competitions, although they lost 2-0 at Everton last time out.

On Sunday the only non-Premier League side left in the FA Cup take on Southampton at 1:30pm at The DW Stadium following their incredible win over Man City in the last round. The Latics have also beaten West Ham on their FA Cup run and will be looking to claim another Premier League scalp against The Saints.

The final FA Cup game of the weekend sees Chelsea travel to Leicester City, Antonio Conte’s side were knocked out of Europe by Barcelona in midweek and like United, The FA Cup is the only realistic trophy The Blues can win this season as they sit 25 points behind City.

In the Premier League there are three 3pm kick-offs with all three sides in the relegation zone facing must-win games. West Brom, bottom of the league and 8 points from safety travel to Bournemouth with The Cherries in 12th, albeit only 5 points from the drop.

Stoke City face Everton at The Bet 365 Stadium following their 2-0 defeat to Man City on Monday night, a win would take The Potters out of the bottom three if Crystal Palace fail to win on Saturday.

Palace travel to Huddersfield on the back of four straight defeats, however a win for Roy Hodgson’s side would take them out of the relegation places with Southampton playing in the FA Cup.

In the evening kick-off Liverpool host Watford at Anfield with Jurgen Klopp’s side looking to bounce back from their defeat to Man United last weekend which saw them drop to 4th. Watford meanwhile look to be safe from the drop with Javi Gracia steadying the ship following Marco Silva’s sacking.

 

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