Usually, the FA Cup Fifth Round takes place on a weekend in February as sixteen teams compete to earn a place in the quarterfinals of the competition, one game away from a Wembley semifinal. However, the shortened 2020/21 season means that this year, the FA Cup Fifth Round will take place across three midweek dates.

Starting on Tuesday 9th February and going through until Thursday 11th February, the eight ties will be played to a conclusion (with extra time and penalties used to decide the winner if required). The eight teams will then go on to contest the quarterfinals in a couple of weeks time.

There are still a large number of big teams left in the competition including both Manchester clubs, Leicester City, Everton, Tottenham and Chelsea. Current holders Arsenal and also Liverpool are already eliminated from the tournament.

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Let’s take a look at the eight games being played across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week in the FA Cup.

FA Cup Fifth Round Ties

Tuesday 9th February

Burnley v Bournemouth

Burnley have won five of the last six against Bournemouth stretching back to November 2017, including all of the last four. They have scored 14 goals in that spell compared to four for Bournemouth. The Cherries sacked manager Jason Tindall last week after four straight defeats and while they ended that run with a win over Birmingham at the weekend, they are the underdogs here.

Burnley’s form of late has been pretty solid with some good performances even in defeat, added to some solid wins. Sean Dyche’s Clarets does seem to get the better of these games and I expect his Burnley side to do likewise here to claim a 2-0 victory.

  • Match Tip – Burnley to win – 5/4

Manchester United v West Ham

The last six games between these two teams have been shared with two wins each and two draws. United won the last game between the teams back in December, 3-1 in London, but they did draw at Old Trafford when the teams met at the end of July.

Manchester United’s home form at the moment is hugely erratic, beating Liverpool 3-2, losing to Sheff Utd 2-1, beating Southampton 9-0 and then drawing 3-3 with Everton after being 2-0 up. West Ham are decent on the road too and I think this could be a tough game for the home side. I do feel Manchester United will progress, but I think they may need extra time in order to land the victory.

  • Match Tip – Draw – 7/2

Wednesday 10th February

Swansea City v Manchester City

Swansea sit in third place in the Championship table and they have lost just four games all season, conceding a divisional best 15 goals. They face the best defence in the Premier League in Manchester City who are fresh from a stunning 4-1 victory over current Champions, Liverpool, at the weekend.

Swansea have won one and drawn two of the last 18 games between the teams and City have won all of the last six encounters, including a 3-2 win in the FA Cup back in March 2019. Pep Guardiola’s men are in the middle of a purple patch and even Swansea’s excellent defence won’t have enough to stop City’s march towards another Wembley final here.

  • Match Tip – Manchester City to win – 2/9

Leicester City v Brighton

Third placed Leicester City take on a Brighton side that have now gone five games unbeaten in the EPL and six in all competitions. Only Manchester City, at home, have managed to get the better of the Seagulls in their last nine matches.

With Leicester’s home form so erratic too, I feel this could well be a much closer game than the league table suggests. I can see the Foxes resting players too which I think makes this even more difficult and I would not be surprised to see this game finish all square with extra time or even penalties needed to decide the winner.

  • Match Tip – Draw – 14/5

Sheffield United v Bristol City

There hasn’t been much for Blades fans to cheer this season but of late Chris Wilder’s men have put in some much better performances and reaped some more positive results. A defeat to Chelsea at the weekend isn’t the end of the world and I think they will be confident heading into this game against a Bristol City side lying 10th in the Championship.

City have pulled off some big cup wins over the years, most famously against Manchester United in the League Cup a couple of years back, but I think this is going to be too tough for them to get something from, especially with just one win in their last five Championship games. Sheff Utd will land the win here by a 1-0 scoreline.

  • Match Tip – Sheffield United to win – 4/6

Everton v Tottenham

For me, this is the most intriguing game of the week. With Harry Kane making an unexpected return to the Tottenham team at the weekend, Spurs rebounded off the back of three defeats to beat West Brom 2-0 and I think they will be confident heading to a ground they have a good record on recently.

That said, Everton will also be confident after coming from 2-0 down to draw 3-3 with Manchester United at Old Trafford at the weekend. However Everton’s home form this season has been their downfall and I fear against a Spurs team so capable on the counter attack with Kane back from injury, that could be their undoing here.

  • Match Tip – Tottenham to win – 9/5

Thursday 11th February

Wolves v Southampton

Wolves have caught Southampton at a good time in this game with the Saints having lost all of their last five EPL games. Wolves in contrast are unbeaten in their last two against Arsenal and Leicester City, which means they will start as favourites to win this game.

Neither side looks likely to score a of goals at the moment with key players either out injured or out of form on both sides. A such, I think a single goal, 1-0 win is most likely here and given the form of the two teams, I am backing Wolves, with home advantage, to claim it.

  • Match Tip – Wolves to win – 11/8

Barnsley v Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel has won his last three games as Chelsea manager now and they have moved up to fifth in the Premier League as a result. They will be full of confidence heading to face a Barnsley side that are in 12th place in the Championship table but without a win in five games in the Championship.

Tuchel’s biggest influence has been on the Chelsea defence which is looking a lot more solid and I think that will be the key here. I can’t see Barnsley getting a goal against Chelsea which means that even one goal will be enough for the Londoners to land the win.

  • Match Tip – Chelsea to win – 3/10

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 10.15am on Monday 8th February 2021.