Blackburn v Birmingham
Blackburn overcame Norwich in the last round and will be looking to go even further in the competition. They haven’t reached the fifth round of the FA Cup since they were beaten by Manchester United in 2017. In fact, this is the first time they have made it past the third round since that season.
Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side are currently fourth in the Championship. They have won 10 of their 15 home games this season they will be confident of adding another on win to that tally on Saturday. Birmingham haven’t beaten Blackburn in their last nine visits to Ewood Park.
Birmingham are struggling in the league and find themselves in 19th place. They narrowly overcame Forest Green Rovers from the league below in the last round. That was one of just five away wins this season.
The price on offer for Blackburn is very appealing here. They have only won two of their last seven matches but their home form looks set to return to its best after a hiccup around the Christmas period.
Preston v Tottenham
Preston have won just one of their last five home matches in all competitions. They welcome a Tottenham side that will be keen to prove their doubters wrong.
Preston were thumped 4-0 by Norwich in their last game on home turf. They have seven defeats and just four wins in front of their own fans this season and are averaging just 0.73 goals per game. There is a big gulf in class between these sides despite Spurs having some troubles of their own this season.
Conte’s men beat Fulham in their last match to stay within reach of the top four. They also had an impressive 4-0 away win over Crystal Palace prior to being beaten by Man City at the Etihad. The FA Cup represents the club’s most realistic chance of ending their trophy drought this season so they will not take this game lightly.
Manchester United v Reading
United all but secured their place in the final of the League Cup on Wednesday night. Ten Hag may have been tempted to make wholesale changes with the second leg still to play. He is now likely to name a strong side as the team continues its pursuit of silverware in the Dutchman’s first season at the club.
Reading lost their last Championship fixture and they will be fearing the worst ahead of a trip to Old Trafford. United looked incisive against Nottingham Forest and their first team is more than capable of finding the net a few times here. The Red Devils have won their last 10 matches at Old Trafford in all competitions. They have three goals in four of the last five at home.
Marcus Rashford has been in scintillating form for the home side and should be reasonably fresh for this one. The England international found the net before being withdrawn at half time in the League Cup. Rashford has nine goals in nine matches since returning from Qatar. He will cause problems for a leaky Reading defence.
Reading have a dismal away record this season. They have won just three away matches out of 15 in all competitions. They are averaging just 0.73 goals per game on the road so it’s hard to seem the scoring on Saturday night.
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