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Off-colour Blues could be feeling sick once again

I’M sure we’d all rather see them getting it on again in the Premier League now that there appears to be a hint of life in the title race, but Chelsea against Spurs in the FA Cup should make for a decent TV spectacle.

Arsenal against Manchester City 24 hours later is arguably more interesting, and not only because both sides are gung-ho.

It’s also always nice to see the Wenger Out placards, carefully and imaginatively created by kids in a bilingual Montessori creche somewhere in downtown Islington for their dads to hold aloft when they’re not glued to their Facebook feeds.

The romance of the cup has been replaced by a bunfight between four of the biggest clubs in the land and my cash is on a Spurs-City final.

So Chelsea lost at Old Trafford. United were entitled to beat someone at home eventually and they bumped into the Blues when they were off-colour (and off their food by all accounts).

But they didn’t look great and you get the impression they’re running into a Tottenham machine which looks pretty much unstoppable right now on the back of eight straight wins.

Arsenal look there for the taking against anyone and the way City tore a fairly competent Southampton side to shreds last weekend should have every Gunners’ fan fearing the worst.

Yes, they’ve had a knack of raising their game for the FA Cup in recent years but the formbook says Pep Guardiola’s boys all day long.

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19:30 TODAY BT2

Braunschweig v Wolfsburg

Home Win Draw Away Win
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  • Wolfsburg have scored in six of their last seven away matches
Expert verdict
Wolfsburg edged the first leg of this relegation playoff with Mario Gomez's first-half penalty proving to be the difference and that slender advantage could prove decisive. Eintracht Braunschweig will have to come forward at some stage in an attempt to claw back the deficit and that's when the class of the Bundesliga club can tell.