All you need to know ahead of the FA Cup weekend

Fixtures:

16/03

12:15 CET Watford vs Crystal Palace

17:20 CET ย Swansea vs Manchester City

19:55 CET Wolves vs Manchester United

17/03

14:00 CET Millwall vs Brighton

 

Watford vs Crystal Palace

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Watford head coach Javi Gracia (left) enjoyed wins over Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace in both league meetings this season

The Hornets have won each of their last five FA Cup ties at home, and Javi Graciaโ€™s players will hope that home advantage can again prove pivotal at Vicarage Road. The pair have met seven times in the FA Cup, most recently in the semi-final in 2015-16, a 2-1 win for Palace.

This season, Crystal Palace have lost two matches against Watford so far, both in the league. However, they havenโ€™t lost three in a row in all competitions against the Hornets since March 1936.

Neither Watford nor Crystal Palace have conceded a single goal in this season’s FA Cup.

Itโ€™s going to be a tight tussle.

 

Swansea vs Manchester City

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It’s not that long ago Swansea City beat Premier League leaders Manchester City, substitute Luke Moore’s header knocking Roberto Mancini’s men off the summit in March 2012.

A rampant Manchester City go to Swansea, and they will be looking to remain on course and book a place in the FA Cup quarterfinals.

City are at the top of the Premier League standings, have the Carabao Cup already in the bag, and a space in the Champions League quarter-finals after trashing Schalke 7-0 on Wednesday.

The Swans have not reached the semi-finals since 1964, and were eliminated in six of their last seven FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents. It would be a shock if they managed to pull off a win.

Wolves vs Manchester United

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking for a strong response from his side following last weekendโ€™s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal in the Premier League

The Wolves host Manchester United in their FA Cup quarter-final.

The Red Devils have changed tactically under Solskjaers management, setting up to attack in every game, something that wasnโ€™t key to Mourinho. With it being United’s only realistic chance of silverware this season to expect a much different side to the one they faced at Old Trafford at the start of the season.

Both sides enter this match eager to bounce back from disappointing results the last time out. United lost their first Premier League match under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, wasting a golden chance to strengthen their top four spot. Now, theyโ€™re on the outside looking up at Arsenal.

The hosts have a woeful recent record in this fixture, winning just one of the last ten meetings between the two sides. That 2-1 victory came in 2011 and is only one of two that Wolves have recorded against the Red Devils this century.

The Wolves have enjoyed an excellent start to 2019, taking 15 points from the last 24 available in the Premier League. They do not have any relegation concerns heading into the match. Given the lack of stronger teams left in the draw, Santo will be viewing this clash as an opportunity to add a fifth FA Cup trophy to the clubโ€™s cabinet.

Millwall vs Brighton

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Brighton have already knocked out three decent opponents in Bournemouth, West Brom and Derby, despite Chris Hughton using this competition to give some fringe players game time.

Brighton are coming off hot after back-to-back victories in the Premier League, and will be bidding to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the second time in their history. The Seagulls were runners-up in the competition in 1983 and also reached the quarter-finals last season but lost 2-0 away to Manchester United.

The Lions have lost four successive Championship matches ahead of their game tonight and sit fourth from bottom, one point clear of the relegation zone. Millwall have won their last three matches in the FA Cup with a one-goal margin.ย 

Millwall ended a four-game losing streak by winning away to Birmingham in midweek. The Championship side have not, however, won at home since the end of January, though that was against Everton in an earlier FA Cup round. Meanwhile, the Seagulls have been very inconsistent away from home this season but are favourites on Sunday.

 

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Match Officials & VAR

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VAR

Swansea City vs Manchester City

Referee: Andre Marriner

Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt & Marc Perry

Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

 

Watford vs Crystal Palace

Referee: Kevin Friend

Assistant Referees: Matthew Wilkes & Daniel Robathan

Fourth Official: Graham Scott

VAR: Craig Pawson

AVAR: Harry Lennard

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Assistant Referees: Stephen Child & Constantine Hatzidakis

Fourth Official: Roger East

VAR: Christopher Kavanagh

AVAR: Derek Eaton

 

Millwall vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh

Assistant Referees: Dan Cook & Sian Massey-Ellis

Fourth Official: Kevin Friend

 

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