Sheffield United vs Arsenal
Bramell Lane, Sheffield
Sunday, 28-06-2020 @3pm
Sheffield United and Arsenal last met in the FA Cup in March 2005 in a fifth-round replay; after a goalless draw, the Gunners won 4-2 on penalties at Bramall Lane. Arsenal have won just one of their past eight away matches against Sheffield United in all competitions (D4 L3), a 3-0 win in October 2007 in the League Cup. Arsenal have gone on to win the FA Cup in three of the six seasons they have knocked out Sheffield United (1935-36, 2002-03 and 2004-05).
Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson and defender John Egan are available for the Blades’ FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal. Defender Jack O’Connell has missed all three games since football resumed but could feature after injury.
Arsenal defender David Luiz is available after a ban, but Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers and Gabriel Martinelli are all out with knee injuries. Lucas Torreira and Pablo Mari (ankle) are out and Cedric Soares is a doubt.
Sheffield United last played in an FA Cup quarter-final in 2013-14 as a League One side, winning 2-0 against Charlton Athletic to progress to that season’s semi-final, where they lost 5-3 to Hull City. Sheffield United’s six FA Cup goals this season have been scored by different players (Robinson, Clarke, Besic, Norwood, McGoldrick, Sharp); they last had more scorers in a season back in 2013-14 (nine). This is Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder’s 35th match as a manager in the FA Cup proper but only his second against a Premier League side – the Blades lost 1-0 to Leicester City in the fifth round in 2017-18.
Arsenal have progressed from 13 of their past 15 FA Cup quarter-final matches, losing in this run in 2010-11 against Manchester United and 2015-16 against Watford. Eddie Nketiah has scored in all four of his domestic cup appearances this season for Leeds United and Arsenal, netting four goals. In his career, Nketiah has scored six goals in eight domestic cup games (FA/League Cup), averaging a goal every 83 minutes.
Leicester City vs Chelsea
King Power Stadium, Leicestershire
Sunday, 28-06-2020 @6pm
Neither Leicester nor Chelsea have any new injury worries going into Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final. Midfielder Dennis Praet is available again but defenders Daniel Amartey (ankle) and Ricardo Pereira (Achilles) are out.
Chelsea are still without defender Fikayo Tomori and forward Callum Hudson-Odoi, though the latter is back in training. Midfielder Jorginho could feature following a recent suspension.
Leicester are winless in all eight previous FA Cup matches against Chelsea (D2 L6), going out at the quarter-final stage in their past two ties against the Blues in 2011-12 and 2017-18. Chelsea have only faced Hull City (11 games) and Burnley (nine) more often in the FA Cup without losing than their eight unbeaten games against Leicester. Leicester have been eliminated from all 10 domestic cup ties against Chelsea (four League Cup, six FA Cup), the joint-worst record by a team against an opponent in FA Cup/League Cup ties, along with Stoke City vs Liverpool (eliminated in all 10 ties). Chelsea have lost only two of their past 20 games against Leicester in all competitions (W13 D5 L2), although they are winless in four against the Foxes (D3 L1).
Leicester are looking to reach the FA Cup semi-final for the first time since the 1981-82 campaign – they have been eliminated in four FA Cup quarter-finals since then, with the most recent two coming against Chelsea. Brendan Rodgers is yet to beat Chelsea in his managerial career in 14 previous attempts (D8 L6) – the only other team he’s faced more than twice without winning is Wolves (five games).
This is Chelsea’s 18th FA Cup quarter-final in the Premier League era (since 1992-93), more than any other side. They’ve progressed from six of their past seven, losing the other in 2015-16 at Everton. Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has been involved in 50% (3/6) of their FA Cup goals this season (two goals, one assist) – the only season he’s been directly involved in more was in 2015-16 with Everton (two goals, two assists), with those two assists coming against Chelsea in the quarter-final.
Newcastle United vs Man City
St. James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sunday, 28-06-2020 @8:30pm
The sides have been paired together in the FA Cup eight times, with Newcastle winning six of those ties. The last two FA Cup meetings, in 1995 and 2002, produced home wins for Newcastle. Manchester City’s only FA Cup victory at St James’ Park came in the fourth round in 1977, when Joe Royle was amongst the scorers in a 3-1 triumph.
Nabil Bentaleb is suspended for Newcastle after accumulating two yellow cards in the FA Cup. The Magpies will monitor Matty and Sean Longstaff, while Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden are also injury doubts.
Fernandinho is banned for Manchester City, while Sergio Aguero remains out. City will assess Phil Foden and Joao Cancelo, neither of whom were fit enough to be involved against Chelsea, while John Stones, Claudio Bravo and Eric Garcia will also be monitored.
Newcastle have not eliminated the FA Cup holders since 1957 – though that was against Manchester City, who they beat 5-4 after extra time in a third-round replay at Maine Road. The Magpies are through to this stage for the first time since 2006, when they lost 1-0 at Chelsea. Their last quarter-final win was against Tottenham in 2005, courtesy of a Patrick Kluivert goal. The Magpies have scored 11 FA Cup goals this season, more than any other top-flight side prior to the quarter-finals. Miguel Almiron has scored four goals in his five FA Cup appearances, compared to two in 40 Premier League games.
Manchester City have won their past nine FA Cup games, scoring 35 goals and conceding just four times. City could lose three consecutive away games in league and cup for the first time since October 2016. Bernardo Silva has four goals and four assists in his last 10 FA Cup appearances.
Saturday’s FA Cup quarter final results
-Norwich City 1-2 Man United (AET