Man Utd remain the only English team to have claimed Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League trophies in the same season, but Man City are 9/2 to land the same Treble bet. The Blues won all three major domestic competitions two years ago and will now try to also conquer Europe for the first time.
Southampton have a welcome distraction from their poor Premier League form when they face south coast neighbours Bournemouth in the FA Cup quarter-finals. Saints have lost 10 of their last 12 league games but should still have too much quality for a Bournemouth team sitting outside the play-off places in the Championship.
Chelsea have already thrashed Barnsley in the EFL Cup this season so should be confident of a routine victory when they meet in the FA Cup fifth round FA Cup. Kai Havertz hit a hat-trick as the Blues cruised to a 6-0 win at Stamford Bridge in September, although both clubs have since had a change of manager.
Swansea gave Manchester City a scare in the FA Cup two years ago and will hope to have their moments in this season’s fifth-round tie at Liberty Stadium. The Swans led 2-0 with just over 20 minutes left on the clock on that occasion, before a late turnaround saw them slip to a heart-breaking 3-2 defeat.
Everton are enjoying an impressive season in the Premier League and a favourable draw could also have them dreaming of FA Cup success. The Toffees are again at home to Championship opposition from South Yorkshire and are expected to put out a strong side as they return to action after a 12-day break.
Cheltenham face the unenviable task of trying to prevent Manchester City from rattling off a 10th straight victory in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round clash. The visitors lifted this trophy two years ago and reached the semis last term, so it is safe to assume Pep Guardiola will be taking the tie seriously.
Frank Lampard’s job could be on the line when Chelsea host Luton in the FA Cup and we’re backing the Blues to fight for their manager’s future. The Hatters are a likeable outfit who have done better than expected since moving up to the Championship, but they were beaten 3-0 by Man Utd in the EFL Cup.
West Ham are well placed to have a good crack at the FA Cup this season following some solid Premier League results and should brush aside Stockport. Hammers boss David Moyes reached the final of this competition back in 2009 with Everton and three other cup semis, so he does take knockout events seriously.