Man United vs Arsenal
The game of the round. This fixture could determine who ends up winning the trophy in May. The FA cup holders will recognise this game as being of utmost importance as it is the only realistic chance of obtaining silverware and retaining their trophy. Manchester United haven’t won this trophy in over a decade, which is an abysmal record for a club of that stature. Louis Van Gaal has failed to impress me but I feel they have the individual quality to come out on top against Wenger’s men who still seem to struggle in these sorts of fixtures. I’m predicting an intriguing encounter, with Arsenal playing the prettier football but failing to make it count in front of goal. Narrow home win expected.
Liverpool vs Blackburn
Red-hot Liverpool welcome Blackburn to Anfield in Sunday’s only FA Cup fixture and Rodger’s men will be in buoyant mood after easily disposing of Burnley in midweek. The Reds are enjoying an incredible run of form in 2015, second to only Wolfsburg in the top European leagues. Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho have been magnificent of late with the latter finally performing on a consistent basis for the Merseysiders, whilst Jordan Henderson’s battling displays have lifted the gloom surrounding Steven Gerrard’s impending departure. Blackburn have been inconsistent this season thus far and will require a performance of the season if they are to have any hope of advancing to the latter stages of this competition for the first time since 1960.
Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion
After guiding the Villians to their first league win since December on Tuesday evening, Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa once again entertain West Bromwich at Villa Park but this time a place in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley is up for grabs. Villa had an ice cold Christian Benteke to thank on Tuesday as the Belgian grabbed the winner from the penalty spot in the dying moments of the game. The usually solid West Brom back line had a night to forget at Villa Park and Tony Pulis is expected to rotate his squad for their next visit. Although Villa were victorious in their previous encounter, I’m going for a low-scoring draw this time round, either goalless or 0-0.