The draw for the quarter-final spherical of the FA Cup has thrown up some cracking ties because the eight remaining groups battle it out to succeed in Wembley.
Match favourites Manchester Metropolis, Liverpool and Chelsea all prevented one another within the draw and shall be decided to not fall on the mistaken facet of a cup upset.
Sportsmail takes a take a look at a number of the issues you need to look out for on this weekend’s quartet of video games.
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FA Cup quarter-final fixtures
Middlesbrough v Chelsea (5.15pm kick-off, BBC One)
Crystal Palace v Everton (12.30pm, ITV)
Southampton v Manchester Metropolis (3pm, BBC One)
Nottingham Forest v Liverpool (6pm, ITV)
Can the Liverpool quadruple juggernaut be stopped?
With over two months left of the season, Liverpool are nonetheless in with an opportunity of an unprecedented achievement of profitable the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
Jurgen Klopp’s facet are already one down after profitable the Carabao Cup last in a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea.
They’re within the quarter-finals of each the FA Cup and Champions League, and they’re now only one level behind Manchester Metropolis within the race to win the title.
Jurgen Klopp’s facet are nonetheless in with an opportunity of profitable an unprecedented quadruple
The Reds have only one extra hurdle to barter earlier than the worldwide break and that’s their journey to Championship facet Nottingham Forest on Sunday night time.
Considerably amazingly it’s the first time the 2 giants within the historical past of the English recreation have met since Forest have been relegated from the highest flight within the 1998-99 season.
It’s also the primary time they’ve met within the FA Cup for the reason that 1989 Hillsborough catastrophe.
On paper, it seems a simple Liverpool win, however Nottingham Forest have performed remarkably nicely to succeed in this stage of the competitors.
They’ve already seen off two Premier League sides on the Metropolis floor within the type of Arsenal within the third and Leicester within the fourth spherical.
Liverpool shall be their largest take a look at but, even when Klopp decides to relaxation a few of his high stars for the journey to Nottingham.
It’s a big problem for Forest supervisor Steve Cooper and it will be a exceptional story if he can deliver Liverpool’s hopes of a quadruple to a crashing finish.
Nottingham Forest have already upset Arsenal and Leicester within the FA Cup this season
Championship sides look to make it to Wembley
It has been seven years since a Championship crew has made it via to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and obtained the possibility to play at Wembley.
This weekend, there are two groups remaining within the second tier of English soccer who’ve that chance.
Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough are each big golf equipment however haven’t had a lot to smile about in recent times.
The East Midlands facet have been out of the top-flight for 23 years whereas Middlesbrough at the moment are of their fifth consecutive yr within the Championship.
Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough have an opportunity of enjoying at Wembley however must overcome big obstacles
There are big obstacles in entrance of each side, with Forest internet hosting Liverpool and Middlesbrough internet hosting Chelsea.
There’s a huge gulf in high quality between the groups in each of these matches and so usually on this competitors the cream normally rises to the highest.
However each side have proved already this season they’re able to offering a FA Cup giant-killing taking scalps over Premier League sides.
It will be an unimaginable achievement for both facet to make the semi-finals by beating Liverpool or Chelsea who’re within the high three groups within the nation.
Each Chelsea (pictured) and Liverpool will hope to keep away from turning into the most recent victims of a cup upset
Middlesbrough look to make it a hat-trick
Like Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough have additionally overwhelmed two top-flight sides.
After knocking Manchester United out in a penalty shoot-out within the fourth spherical at Previous Trafford, they then beat Tottenham 1-0 on the Riverside earlier this month.
Their path although doesn’t get any simpler as they host Chelsea in the one cup tie to happen on Saturday.
It’s a massive problem towards the Blues who’ve a robust document in cup competitions since Thomas Tuchel took over on the membership – making three finals.
Middlesbrough have already overwhelmed Manchester United and Tottenham within the FA Cup
The German shall be eager to proper the wrongs of their FA Cup last loss to Leicester final season, in addition to the defeat to Liverpool within the Carabao Cup final month.
Middlesbrough, although, shall be hoping to drag off one other upset to finish what can be an astonishing hat-trick of victories towards Premier League opposition.
There was plenty of drama going into the sport with Chelsea’s request for the sport to be performed behind closed doorways being withdrawn after fan backlash.
Chelsea have been unable to promote tickets for the sport because of the sanctions made towards present proprietor Roman Abramovich.
Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson in response to the request referred to as the Blues a ‘rotten membership’.
So there’s a little bit of needle between off-pitch between each side it’s honest to say, so it will likely be fascinating to see if that is any method is mirrored on the sector.
Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson referred to as Chelsea a ‘rotten membership’ in response to Chelsea’s withdrawn request for the sport to be performed behind closed doorways
Frank Lampard vs Patrick Vieira
Crystal Palace’s conflict with Everton would be the first time that Frank Lampard and Patrick Vieira face one another as managers.
As gamers, they have been referred to as pivotal figures within the successes of each Arsenal and Chelsea within the 2000s and early 2010s.
Up till Vieira’s exit from the Gunners in 2005, the Frenchman and Lampard would frequently sq. off within the centre of the park as Arsenal and Chelsea competed for achievement together with Manchester United.
It’s a really totally different story now for the 2 managers as they head groups with very totally different objectives at this second in time.
Patrick Vieira and Frank Lampard frequently battled within the midfield when Arsenal performed Chelsea within the first-half of the 2000s
Vieira has performed an amazing job in his first season at Palace, with the Eagles nicely away from relegation and the Frenchman integrating some high English expertise.
Lampard solely joined Everton in January and his begin hasn’t gone fairly so easily with the Toffees in the course of a fierce battle to keep away from the drop.
The pair loved a lot success within the competitors as gamers, profitable a exceptional eight FA Cups collectively between them.
It’s been a very long time since both facet gained a significant trophy and followers of each golf equipment shall be hoping the legendary gamers can switch their success on the pitch to the dugout.
They now meet as managers for the primary time with Lampard hoping to place Everton again heading in the right direction
Vieira and Lampard have gained the FA Cup on eight separate events between them
Southampton hope to frustrate Manchester Metropolis once more
Manchester Metropolis have seen their benefit on the high drop to only one level after their goalless draw with Crystal Palace, was adopted off with Liverpool’s 2-0 win away at Arsenal.
Part of the explanation the hole is now only one level is Manchester Metropolis’s incapacity to choose up three factors towards Southampton this season.
Southampton stored a clear sheet in a goalless draw towards the Premier League champions in September on the Etihad.
Kyle Walker-Peters gave them a seventh minute woman at St Mary’s in January, however Aymeric Laporte ensured Metropolis took a share of the factors.
Southampton have twice pissed off Manchester Metropolis this season with Kyle Walker-Peters scoring in a 1-1 draw again in January
Ralph Hasenhuttl this season has nailed down a blueprint of the right way to frustrate Pep Guardiola’s facet.
If Manchester Metropolis gamers, like in these two video games and their draw with Crystal Palace fail to be ruthless, then Southampton might punish Metropolis.
Guardiola’s facet have already misplaced a penalty shoot-out this season to West Ham within the Carabao Cup and shall be hoping to keep away from a repeat.
One concern for Southampton although is that they’ve misplaced their final three video games since their fifth spherical FA Cup victory.
Ralph Hasenhuttl (proper) has had the blueprint to maintain Manchester Metropolis in latest video games
Metropolis look to regain momentum after Premier League setback
Manchester Metropolis have been the kings of the home cups in recent times profitable the FA Cup twice and Carabao Cup 4 instances for the reason that appointment of Guardiola.
So it appears the proper method for Metropolis to regain momentum and composure following their draw with Crystal Palace.
In opposition to Liverpool within the title race, it will likely be important for Metropolis to be virtually faultless of their remaining video games of the season.
Liverpool appear to be scoring in each recreation and Metropolis must return to their ruthless methods fast with a match arising towards the Reds only a week after the return of the Premier League in April.
The sport towards a Southampton facet which have simply hit a little bit of a tough patch within the league, provides up the chance to not solely return to profitable methods, however to place a couple of objectives previous the Saints to enter the worldwide break on a excessive.
Manchester Metropolis will hope to return to profitable methods going into the worldwide break