We’re down to the final eight in the Emirates FA Cup, but it’s far from just the usual suspects involved. Lincoln City are flying the flag for Non-League, while third-tier Millwall make the short trip to Tottenham.
Meanwhile, in the all-Premier League ties, an icon returns to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United, while across the city, Pep Guardiola is looking to land his first trophy in English football.
Here are the top storylines from this weekend’s host of fantastic fixtures…
Incredible Imps looking to make history books
Lincoln City became the first Non-League team to reach the last eight of the Emirates FA Cup since 1914, after a shock 1-0 triumph at Burnley in the Fifth Round. And having proven that anything’s possible, they’ll now be looking to topple the giants of Arsenal at the Emirates.
With the Gunners reeling from three defeats in their last five games, and the Imps currently unbeaten in nine – winning seven – it’s not impossible to see Danny Cowley’s men leaving their illustrious visitors red-faced and booking a semi-final berth. Watch this space…
Farewell to the Lane
Tottenham head into their last ever cup tie at White Hart Lane against Millwall, in what promises to be an entertaining encounter. The Lions are looking to emulate the class of 2004, who made it to the FA Cup Final, while Spurs will want to sign off with a flourish en route to Wembley.
However, the south east London outfit have already knocked out three Premier League sides – including last season’s champions Leicester City – en route to this stage. So, will Spurs close out the Lane’s cup heritage with delight or despair?
Will Jose get revenge at the Bridge?
It’s hard to argue against Jose Mourinho being Chelsea’s greatest ever manager. The Portuguese led them to three Premier League titles, but hardly had the happiest of homecomings earlier this season, as his Manchester United side were thumped 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Having licked their wounds, United return to west London far stronger than the side who received that hammering back in October, having lost just once in their last 27 games. So, can Jose and co. get their revenge on Monday night?
Pep pushing for first City trophy
While Mourinho knows all about lifting silverware in the English game, including an FA Cup crown with the Blues back in 2007, Guardiola is looking for his first honour as Manchester City boss, as they look to avoid a repeat of 2015’s cup exit.
The opponents that day were Middlesbrough, who won 2-0 at the Etihad. But fans of the Citizens will be confident of avoiding a repeat as they head to the Riverside on the back of five clean sheets away from home – a club record.
Victory would take Guardiola to Wembley for the first time since he guided Barcelona to a Champions League final triumph over Manchester United in 2010. Can he enjoy more Wembley glory, and will he face off against the Red Devils once again? All will be revealed…
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