Big guns kept apart in FA Cup quarter-final draw

The top four in the FA Cup betting were all kept apart in the quarter-final draw, and it could be advantage Manchester with United and City drawn to play at home.

Quadruple-chasing Manchester City have to get past Wigan in their fifth-round tie on Monday evening but victory over the Latics will set them up for a home clash with Southampton in the last eight, while United will face Brighton in a repeat of the 1983 final.

Chelsea face a tricky trip to Leicester while the winners of Sunday's Rochdale v Tottenham tie will travel to either Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea, who played out a goalless draw on Saturday.

Man Utd booked their passage to the last eight with a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield while Brighton beat Sky Bet League Two Coventry 3-1 and West Brom’s troubles continued with a 2-1 home defeat to Southampton.

Baggies boss Alan Pardew is 6-4 with Betfair to be the next top-flight boss to leave his position.

FA Cup quarter-final draw:
Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea v Rochdale or Tottenham, Man Utd v Brighton, Leicester v Chelsea, Wigan or Man City v Southampton. Ties to be played Match 16-19, no replays.

Match in Focus


Sampdoria v Inter

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Inter did the double over Samp last term, winning 5-0 in Genoa
Expert verdict
Sampdoria have lost only two of their last 13 at home – one of which was against Inter – but the timing of this match isn’t perfect.They played on Wednesday night against Fiorentina, drawing 1-1, 24 hours after Inter quite possibly kick-started their season with their late turnaround against Tottenham in the Champions League.



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