The FA Cup is no stranger to shock results and this weekend’s fifth round ties see a host of potential banana skins among the Premier League’s elite.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all have reasons to be fearful even though the quartet will start as strong favourites to reach the quarter-finals. But where are upsets most likely to happen? We look at each of the eight fixtures and assess their shock value.
Huddersfield vs Man United
Having been in desperate form since Christmas, Huddersfield have been sliding down the Premier League table but unexpectedly burst back to life by thumping Bournemouth 4-1 last weekend.
The Terriers have also already beaten Manchester United at home this season so will have no fear of repeating those heroics no matter which side Jose Mourinho sends out at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Shock rating: 3/5
Rochdale vs Tottenham
Do Rochdale really stand a chance against a team who have swatted aside Manchester United and Arsenal as well as securing highly credible draws at Liverpool and Juventus recently? You would think not, but then this is the same Spurs side who were lucky to escape Newport County with a replay.
Dale may be rooted to the bottom of League One but Spurs have opted to field weaker teams in domestic cup competitions and rarely have they looked anything like their flowing best in doing so.
Wigan Athletic vs Man City
Even Manchester City’s reserves are a frightening prospect for any side to face right now but Wigan Athletic, chasing promotion to the Premier League, will think they have little to fear. With good reason too.
The last two FA Cup meetings between the sides have seen the Latics record upsets, famously winning the 2013 final and then defeating Manuel Pellegrini’s side at the Etihad Stadium a year later. Pep Guardiola’s City are a different prospect but with the clash at the DW Stadium, Wigan will fancy making it a trilogy of shocks over the Premier League leaders.
Shock rating: 3/5
West Brom vs Southampton
Even with the match at The Hawthorns, Southampton will be considered narrow favourites in the all-Premier League clash as West Bromwich Albion sitting bottom of the table are in all sorts of relegation trouble.
The Saints also won 3-2 in the league clash earlier this month. However with both sides stuck in the bottom three the biggest shock will perhaps be seeing a cup tie with the same intensity as their recent five-goal thriller. Both teams are set to prioritise top flight survival.
Shock rating: 1/5 -DAILYMAIL