Manchester Metropolis and Arsenal take a break from an intense Premier League title race this weekend — solely to face one another in a heavyweight FA Cup conflict on the Etihad. Holders Liverpool will look to avenge their chastening latest defeat at Brighton, whereas Harry Kane might turn into Tottenham’s all-time high scorer. Listed below are a number of the highlights forward of this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round ties.
Man Metropolis goal to halt Arsenal’s momentum
Unexpectedly trailing in Arsenal’s wake within the Premier League, Manchester Metropolis have the prospect to gradual the leaders’ momentum of their first assembly this season.
Metropolis are 5 factors behind Arsenal, who’ve a sport in hand, however the champions nonetheless must play the Gunners twice within the league, making their FA Cup showdown a tantalising appetiser forward of the primary course.
Arsenal are using excessive after victories over Tottenham and Manchester United within the league, whereas Metropolis stayed in contact after responding to a blast from Pep Guardiola by beating Tottenham and Wolves.
“At half-time the opposite day, Pep informed us what he wished, what he wasn’t proud of. As gamers we weren’t at our greatest and we needed to right that,” Metropolis defender John Stones stated of his aspect’s fightback from two targets right down to defeat Tottenham 4-2.
It could be a significant assertion of intent from Arsenal if they can put Guardiola in one other grumpy temper with a victory on the Etihad Stadium.
Fatigued Liverpool on revenge mission
Jurgen Klopp stated he “could not keep in mind a worse sport” than Liverpool’s woeful 3-0 defeat at Brighton, a efficiency so wretched that Jordan Henderson labelled it a “actually low level” in an already traumatic season for the Reds.
It’s secure to say Liverpool’s journey to the Amex Stadium on January 14 left some painful scars on Klopp and firm.
However the FA Cup provides them an sudden probability to erase these bitter reminiscences and get their marketing campaign again on monitor.
Liverpool return to Brighton languishing ninth within the Premier League, 10 factors adrift of the highest 4.
It’s a exceptional fall from grace after they got here inside a whisker of profitable an unprecedented quadruple final season.
Admitting Liverpool are nonetheless mentally fatigued from their bid for sporting immortality, Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara stated: “It isn’t nearly bodily stuff, it’s one thing psychological as a result of we have been so near profitable all the pieces and we simply touched it however sadly it went away.”
Kane eyes Spurs file
Harry Kane would love the prospect to turn into Tottenham’s file goalscorer at Preston on Saturday.
Kane drew degree with Jimmy Greaves on 266 Spurs targets when he netted with an outstanding strike within the group’s Premier League win at Fulham on Monday.
Greaves’ tally had stood untouched since 1970, however the England captain is now on the verge of sole possession of the file.
With fifth-placed Tottenham within the midst of a battle to climb again into the Premier League’s high 4, Antonio Conte might relaxation his stars towards second-tier Preston.
However, aware of Tottenham’s shock defeat at Middlesbrough within the FA Cup fifth spherical final season, Kane is eager to play.
“The FA Cup is essential for us. It was disappointing to lose to Middlesbrough. We’ll see what the supervisor says however I can be prepared,” stated Kane, who continues to be seeking to win the primary main trophy of his profession.
Manchester Metropolis v Arsenal (20:00 GMT)
Saturday (15:00 GMT until said)
Accrington v Leeds (12:30), Walsall v Leicester (12:30), Blackburn v Birmingham, Bristol Metropolis v West Brom, Fulham v Sunderland, Ipswich v Burnley, Luton v Grimsby, Sheffield Wednesday v Fleetwood, Southampton v Blackpool, Preston v Tottenham (18:00) Manchester United v Studying (20:00)
Brighton v Liverpool (13:30), Stoke v Stevenage (14:00), Wrexham v Sheffield United (16:30)
Derby v West Ham (19:45)
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