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FA Cup Fifth Round, Sunday Plus Liverpool vs Swansea: Open Thread

FA Cup with Budweiser FA Cup Fifth Round, Sunday Plus Liverpool vs Swansea: Open Thread

There are four matches on today involving Premier League teams. Chelsea, Wigan and Manchester City will be hoping that they fair better than Arsenal and Everton today in the FA Cup. Plus, there’s one Premier League match to be played between Liverpool and Swansea, where both teams are chasing a Europa League spot.

Chelsea against Brentford kicks off today’s action in the FA Cup with an early kick-off (7am ET). The Blues will want to wallop The Bees after the draw in west London a few weeks ago. Don’t be surprised if this one is a high scoring game in Chelsea’s favor.

Next up is Manchester City against Leeds United at the Etihad where Roberto Mancini is under immense pressure to get a result after his side slipped out of the Premier League title race last week when they lost against Southampton.

Before the final match of the day between Huddersfield and Wigan in the FA Cup, there’s a Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea. Both teams will be desperate for a win for different reasons. Swansea will want a win to give them confidence heading into next week’s Capital One Cup Final against Bradford. Liverpool will want a win to leapfrog over Swansea into 7th place and a spot closer to qualifying for the Europa League come the end of the season.

Before, during or after today’s matches, post your rants, raves, questions or observations in the comments section below.

Have a wonderful Sunday!


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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