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 Sassuolo

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Sassuolo are unbeaten in their last three against Sampdoria
Expert verdict
Sampdoria have the best defensive record this season in Italy, conceding just four goals in all competitions but they may struggle to beat a decent Sassuolo side. Samp's top scorer Gregoire Defrel will no doubt be eager to notch against his former club, although Sassuolo's only defeats this season have come at Juventus and Napoli and at home to Milan.



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