2017-18 FA CUP: Quarter Final draw reaction

The 2017-18 FA Cup Quarter Final draw has taken place with the following definitely through; Brighton, Chelsea, Leicester, Southampton and Manchester United.

Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea need a replay whilst Rochdale/Tottenham Hotspur and Wigan/Manchester City are yet to be played.

Here at Sport Grill, we reflect on an exciting draw.


Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

This tie is a repeat of the 1983 FA Cup final but Manchester United will be favourites at home. 

United have won all of their meetings despite needing a replay in 1980-81 third round meeting and 1983 final. 

Both of those original ties ended 2-2 before the Red Devils comfortably won the replays. 

The last three meetings at Old Trafford have all finished 1-0 to Man U so expect a tight clash here. 

Definitely a brilliant tie but probably one sided in the home team’s favour.


Leicester City vs Chelsea


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Is the stage set for Chelsea to repeat their 2012 FA Cup victory?


Claude Puel can smell Wembley again with his Leicester side, having taken Southampton to last season’s EFL Cup final. 

History however favours the away team.

Chelsea fans are bound to remember 2011-12 season because they struggled in league, but played a game 24 hours before Barcelona ahead of Champions League clash and ended up winning that competition.

That season also saw them win the FA Cup, having also met Leicester at this exact same stage in a seven goal thriller. 

They also had an Italian manager in charge back then, whilst Antonio Conte is leading them in the present. 

Therefore, Blues fans are probably believing that a repeat could be achievable regardless of who stands in their way in the cup competitions for rest of season. 

Record wise, the Foxes have lost and drawn one from just two FA Cup meetings at home to Chelsea. 

Either way, this is going to be an unpredictable tie because Chelsea have recent history in their favour, whilst Leicester will be keen to reach Wembley for first time since 1999 League Cup final.


Wigan/Man City vs Southampton

Southampton have to wait till Monday before discovering who they will be visiting so have reason for optimism.

Should it be a trip to Wigan then the Saints will be favourites against the 2013 winners, having beaten them in their only FA Cup meeting 3-0.

That was the very first of just three meetings between these sides with other two coming in 2012-13 Premier League season, where they drew 2-2 at the DW Stadium.

If Manchester City get through then the Saints will be underdogs against the bookies’ favourite.

Past meetings in this competition have been comfortable victories for the winning side with City winning two to Southampton’s one. 

The Citizens have also won their last eight home matches against Southampton in all competitions. 

Overall a good tie but can’t say much due to not knowing who the home side will be. 


Sheffield Wednesday/ Swansea City vs Rochdale/Tottenham Hotspur

This is a tough tie to report on because Sheffield Wednesday need a replay with Swansea whilst Rochdale host Tottenham tomorrow. 

Assuming Spurs beat Rochdale, they will be hoping to avoid Wednesday because they have won just one of three meetings in this competition. 

The first two meetings needed a replay at Sheffield Wednesday who won both replays. Their last FA Cup meeting came at White Hart Lane in 1971 with Spurs running out 4-1 winners. 

Tottenham have never met Swansea in this competition, but have avoided defeat in their last seven Premier League trips.

Should Rochdale progress, they won’t want a trip to Swansea after taking draws on last three trips to the Swans.

They however took the first win in this fixture this century at Swansea, so maybe there is hope for the League One strugglers.

A trip to Hillsborough will please the Greater Manchester based team, who won their only FA Cup and last meeting at home to the Owls in January 2014.  

With everything still unclear, it is just a waiting game, but Rochdale will be the slightly happier out of them and Spurs regarding who they could visit in the Quarter Finals. 


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