Paul Merson's FA Cup predictions: Will Arsenal, Man Utd and Tottenham suffer shocks?
Last Updated: 19/02/17 1:48pm
Will Arsenal, Man Utd and Spurs suffer shocks in the FA Cup this weekend?
After their humbling defeat away at Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Arsene Wenger's side travel to non-league Sutton United in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night.
Tottenham are at Fulham, while Manchester United face Blackburn on Sunday and Sky Sports' Paul Merson predicts the remaining round-five ties and expects most Premier League sides to get through...
Sutton Utd v Arsenal
I've been to Sutton to try the pitch for Soccer Saturday and there's nothing wrong with it. It's very nice. It's not like the old days, it's a really good artificial pitch. However, the dressing rooms are not good and Arsene Wenger has a tough call on whether to play his best team or whether to play the youngsters. If I was the manager I wouldn't take any chances and play my best team, but they might turn up and think 'what am I doing here?' and take their eye off it. Do you play the squad players who have more to prove? They can't win the Premier League and are out of the Champions League so this is all they've got left.
If they were to lose this it would be the ultimate humiliation. It would be the biggest shock in the history of football. If it was a boxing match it wouldn't be allowed. I have to say Arsenal will win, but I hope Sutton score a goal. Their players have an unbelievable opportunity to write history and I hope they give their all and leave everything out there on the pitch.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-3 (11/2 with Sky Bet)
Blackburn v Manchester United
I can't see this being too difficult for Manchester United. One thing Jose Mourinho always does is take the cups seriously. They are already in the EFL Cup Final and I just don't see them slipping up here. Blackburn are second bottom of the Championship and their priority has to be staying in that division this season.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-3 (15/2 with Sky Bet)
Fulham v Tottenham
This should be a good game. Fulham are a good football team and Tottenham have got a lot of other commitments with the Europa League and a big battle to finish in the top four. With the way things have gone in recent weeks, that's really not a foregone conclusion and they need to stay in the Europa League as another way of getting into the Champions League next year. They've got some nice fixtures coming up, although they won't want a draw and a replay because they don't want more games to contend with. I think Spurs will just about nick this one.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (7/1 with Sky Bet)
Wolves v Chelsea
Wolves were playing well a few weeks ago, but have had a sticky patch lately, losing games against struggling Wigan and Burton. It's a nice big pitch at Molineux and Chelsea don't have any European games, so they can focus on winning the Premier League and the FA Cup. I can't see anything but a comfortable Chelsea win here.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-4 (14/1 with Sky Bet)