Chelsea coast into fifth round but Spurs go out 

Tottenham became the third members of the Premier League's big six to exit the FA Cup early in the competition after a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace completed a miserable few days for Mauricio Pochettino's men.

Spurs, beaten on penalties by Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Thursday, suffered another knockout blow, once again experiencing agony from the spot in the fourth-round exit at Selhurst Park.

Former Tottenham man Andros Townsend notched from 12 yards to put Palace 2-0 up after Connor Wickham had opened the scoring but Kieran Trippier of Spurs hit his first-half penalty wide.

Palace held out reasonably comfortably after the break and are 13-1 with Paddy Power and Betfair to win the FA Cup, while Chelsea are 4-1 following a comfortable 3-0 success over Sky Bet Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.

Willian's penalty put Chelsea ahead at the break and from that moment an upset never looked likely.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has reportedly handed in a transfer request, doubled Chelsea's advantage and Willian made sure of the victory with a third.

New signing Gonzalo Higuain started for Chelsea but the Argentinian was unable to open his account for Maurizio Sarri's side and will be hoping to make a greater impact on his Premier League bow at Bournemouth on Wednesday.

With Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal already out there is potential for a soft path through to the next round when the draw is made during The One Show on BBC1 from 7pm on Monday.

Match in Focus

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Man City v Tottenham

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  • City scored in the opening half of 16 of their 19 home league games last term
Expert verdict
Manchester City beat Tottenham in three of their four meetings last term and an early season duel at the Etihad should see the Citizens uphold the form. Spurs supporters may feel they won 2018-19’s most crucial clash – the 1-0 first-leg victory at their new stadium that saw the Lilywhites advance into the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Pep Guardiola’s men. But while Guardiola has yet to crack the code in Europe with City, his team have barely put a foot wrong domestically. Fast starts against Liverpool in the Community Shield and at West Ham suggest they will look to seize the early initiative.

 

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