The FA Cup 5th Round matches take place Friday – Monday.
The majority of match-ups feature Premier League also-rans against Tier 2-3 opponents (as well as poor Newport County, 15th in English League Two, hosting Manchester City). However, one marquee drawing pits two global brands coming off humiliating defeats in a match-up that could change the trajectory of their respective seasons: Chelsea vs. Manchester United.
Chelsea vs. Manchester United FA Cup 5th Odds and Preview
||Manchester United +260|
Match Time: February 18, 2:30pm ET, ESPN+
While the FA Cup isn’t necessarily the trophy either Chelsea or Man U circles as a priority at the start of the season, the timing of this specific match heightens the importance of this game for both squads.
Chelsea is coming off an utter de-pantsing at the hands of Manchester City this past weekend. It was the kind of shellacking that could ultimately lead to the sacking of Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri.
Manchester United likely saw their hopes of a Champions League run vanish after being thoroughly out-classed by a short-handed Paris Saint-Germain.
Both Sarri and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are fighting to keep their jobs. Both need to rebound quickly. Chelsea have fallen to 6th in the Premier League and face Manchester City in the 2019 Carabao Cup Final on February 24th. United, having just climbed into 4th place in the Premier League, play Liverpool at home on the 24th.
While a FA Cup trophy won’t necessarily assure either manager a long-term tenure at their respective clubs, hardware is hardware, momentum is momentum, and this match could be the springboard to a successful Spring for each.
Hi, Yes, I’m New Here and a Sicko, What’s the Line on Newport County vs. Manchester City?
Newport County hosts Manchester City on Saturday the 16th at 12:30pm ET on ESPN+.
City is like that Big 10, Urban Meyer-coached team that just runs the score up because they can. If City wanted to, this match could end up 47-0.
City could play its U12 youth team here and advance. They won’t, but City’s back-ups would still be a top 6 Premier League squad. That’s why Newport County is an absurdly priced +3000 underdog. The draw is +1000 and City is -1600 to win.