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 current defeat at Brighton, whereas Harry Kane might turn out to be 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 possibility to sluggish the leaders’ momentum of their first assembly this season.
Metropolis are 5 factors behind Arsenal, who’ve a recreation 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 needed, what he wasn’t pleased with. As gamers we weren’t at our greatest and we needed to right that,” Metropolis defender John Stones mentioned of his facet’s fightback from two targets right down to defeat Tottenham 4-2.
It will be a serious assertion of intent from Arsenal if they’re able to put Guardiola in one other grumpy temper with a victory on the Etihad Stadium.
Fatigued Liverpool on revenge mission
Jurgen Klopp mentioned he “could not keep in mind a worse recreation” 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 affords them an surprising likelihood to erase these bitter recollections and get their marketing campaign again on observe.
Liverpool return to Brighton languishing ninth within the Premier League, 10 factors adrift of the highest 4.
It’s a outstanding fall from grace after they got here inside a whisker of successful an unprecedented quadruple final season.
Admitting Liverpool are nonetheless mentally fatigued from their bid for sporting immortality, Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara mentioned: “It’s not nearly bodily stuff, it’s one thing psychological as a result of we had been so near successful all the things and we simply touched it however sadly it went away.”
Kane eyes Spurs report
Harry Kane would love the possibility to turn out to be Tottenham’s report goalscorer at Preston on Saturday.
Kane drew degree with Jimmy Greaves on 266 Spurs targets when he netted with an outstanding strike within the staff’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 report.
With fifth-placed Tottenham within the midst of a struggle to climb again into the Premier League’s high 4, Antonio Conte might relaxation his stars in opposition to second-tier Preston.
However, conscious 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 shall be prepared,” mentioned Kane, who remains to be trying to win the primary main trophy of his profession.
Manchester Metropolis v Arsenal (20:00 GMT)
Saturday (15:00 GMT except 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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