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The romance of the cup has been replaced by a bunfight between four of the biggest clubs in the land and my cash is on a Spurs-City final.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

20:00 Mo 25Sep SKY

Arsenal v West Brom

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Four of the last five home meetings ended 1-0 or 2-0
Expert verdict
After a couple of tough games against Cologne and Chelsea last week Arsenal will be nicely rested for this Monday clash and should gain a workmanlike victory. West Brom have managed just four goals in five league games and this is a chance for the Gunners to steady their defence.