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FA Cup fifth round predictions including Chelsea vs. Liverpool

Sports Mole provides score predictions for the FA Cup fifth-round matches, including Chelsea against treble-chasing Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.



Portsmouth vs. Arsenal (Monday, 7.45pm)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts on February 27, 2020© Reuters

Mikel Arteta has challenged his Arsenal players to respond to their shock Europa League exit by avoiding another slip-up when they head to Portsmouth in the FA Cup.

The Gunners fell to a 2-1 extra-time loss at the hands of Olympiacos and are now left battling for silverware on just one front ahead of Monday's trip to Fratton Park.

We say: Portsmouth 0-1 Arsenal

Portsmouth have been in superb form at Fratton Park and are looking to reach the quarter-final of the FA Cup for the first time since 2009-10, when they ended up reaching the final. This will not be an easy fixture for Arsenal, but they will be desperate to hit back from their European exit and we are backing them to edge through to the sixth round.

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> How Arsenal could line up against Portsmouth

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Chelsea vs. Liverpool (Tuesday, 7.45pm)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp pictured on February 29, 2020© Reuters

Liverpool's treble bid enters a pivotal month in March, beginning with a tricky FA Cup fifth-round trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Jurgen Klopp's side travel to London off the back of a shock 3-0 defeat at Watford on Saturday, while Chelsea also suffered a disappointing result at the weekend as they were held by Bournemouth.

We say: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool (Liverpool win on penalties)

These two sides went all the way to a penalty shootout when they met in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul earlier this season, and this could be a similarly tight contest. Liverpool are likely to be much-changed but will demand a response to Saturday's defeat, whereas Chelsea could field something closer to their first-choice XI but go into the game in poor form.

With replays no longer in effect from the fifth-round stage, we can see this one going all the way and Liverpool coming out on top in a shootout.

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> How Chelsea could line up against Liverpool

> How Liverpool could line up against Chelsea

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> Combined XI: Chelsea vs. Liverpool



Reading vs. Sheffield United (Tuesday, 8pm)

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder peers at the action on February 1, 2020© Reuters

Sheffield United head into Tuesday's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Reading having had extra time to prepare for the fixture due to Aston Villa's participation in the EFL Cup final.

Meanwhile, Reading play host to the Premier League outfit having returned to winning ways at the weekend with a 2-0 victory over Barnsley in the Championship.

We say: Reading 1-3 Sheffield United

Regardless of whether Wilder makes changes for this contest, we expect the Blades to come through. This could be an opportunity for a number of players to force their way into their starting lineup in the Premier League, a chance we feel they will take against their Championship opponents.

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West Brom vs. Newcastle (Tuesday, 8pm)

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic on February 15, 2020© Reuters

Newcastle United face West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup fifth round on Tuesday night having failed to score in their last four Premier League fixtures.

While the Baggies remain top of the Championship table, Slaven Bilic watched his side fall to a surprise defeat at home to Wigan Athletic at the weekend.

We say: West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Newcastle United

Although both sides will most likely make alterations for this game, we expect the Magpies to edge past their hosts, potentially through a goal from Gayle who will be motivated to end his streak without a goal.

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Leicester vs. Birmingham (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers pictured in December 2019© Reuters

Out-of-form Leicester City will be looking to get their season back on track when they welcome Birmingham City to the King Power Stadium for Wednesday's FA Cup fifth-round tie.

The Foxes are winless in five matches ahead of the midweek visit of Midlands rivals Birmingham, who have drawn four in a row to make it 13 without defeat in all competitions.

We say: Leicester City 2-1 Birmingham City

Leicester have not lost a home FA Cup match against a side from a lower division since a 2-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in March 2001, winning 10 and drawing one of their 11 such games since. Despite being on a poor run of form, we are backing them to get the job done on Wednesday.

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Sheffield Wednesday vs. Man City (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

Manchester City players pose with the trophy as they celebrate winning the EFL Cup on March 1, 2020© Reuters

Manchester City will be looking to build upon their third successive EFL Cup triumph as they travel to Sheffield Wednesday for the fifth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday night.

Wednesday go into the clash with the reigning champions off the back of a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Derby County in the Championship at the weekend.

We say: Sheffield Wednesday 0-3 Manchester City

Guardiola's side have not suffered defeat in the FA Cup since February 2018, and we're backing them to continue that remarkable run with a comfortable victory against an out-of-sorts Wednesday side.

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> How Man City could line up against Sheffield Wednesday

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Tottenham vs. Norwich (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho reacts on February 2, 2020© Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur play host to fellow Premier League side Norwich City in round five of the FA Cup on Wednesday night.

Spurs have lost three games in a row in all competitions, whereas Norwich picked up a morale-boosting victory over Leicester City last time out.

We say: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Norwich City

Tottenham have only progressed from one of their previous four FA Cup ties with Norwich. Defeat for Mourinho's men on Wednesday would be pretty disastrous, but we expect them to dig deep and pick up the win needed to kickstart their campaign.

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> How Spurs could line up against Norwich

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Derby vs. Man Utd (Thursday, 7.45pm)

Derby County's Wayne Rooney reacts on February 25, 2020© Reuters

Manchester United will be looking to stay on course for a record-equalling 13th FA Cup triumph as they travel to Derby County for the fifth round on Thursday evening.

Derby currently sit 13th in the Championship following their 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.

We say: Derby County 1-2 Manchester United

There is no doubt that Rooney will be motivated to pull off an upset against a weakened United side, and the striker should hope to see that energy rub off onto his teammates. Nevertheless, the Red Devils are expected to have too much quality for Cocu's side and we're going for a narrow victory for Solskjaer's men.

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> How Man Utd could line up against Derby

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool29271166214582
2Manchester CityMan City28183768313757
3Leicester CityLeicester29165858283053
4Chelsea29146951391248
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd29129844301445
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves29101364134743
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28111073025543
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs29118104740741
9Arsenal2891364036440
10Burnley29116123440-639
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
12Everton29107123746-937
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2998122541-1635
14Southampton29104153552-1734
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton29611123240-829
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2976163550-1527
17Watford2969142744-1727
18Bournemouth2976162947-1827
19Aston Villa2874173456-2225
20Norwich CityNorwich2956182552-2721

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