FA Cup Fifth Round Preview: Batshuayi’s big chance


Batshuayi out of hell? – express.co.uk

This weekend’s FA Cup action pits two Premier League title-chasers against Championship opposition. Wolves knocked out Liverpool in the previous round and now host top flight leaders Chelsea, while Fulham continue to show promise in their play-off push and could be a match for Tottenham Hotspur.

Wolves v Chelsea

It has been a disappointing February for Wolverhampton Wanderers, who hit the target a combined eight times against Burton, Newcastle and Wigan. In recent years, Paul Lambert’s sides have tended to be reasonably well-organized but lacking in creativity and movement. For that reason, it is hard to see him getting the best out of the types of players the owners want to bring in. They beat Liverpool in the previous round but, having lost their last three games, it is difficult to see them getting past Chelsea. Likely starting striker Michy Batshuayi has a point to prove after being given limited league game time by Conte and is a capable goalscorer, at least against Football League opposition. A 4-0 win over Brentford also proved that Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek can excel, even if their league appearances have suffered from the form of the regulars. 0-2

Fulham v Tottenham

Tottenham’s short trip to Craven Cottage is sandwiched by a Europa League last 32 tie with Genk. Mauricio Pochettino is unlikely to field his strongest eleven in all three matches and the tussle with the Belgians may take precedence. Fulham are in the process of building potentially their best team since reaching the final of the Europa League in May 2010. Slavisa Jokanovic has added grit to guile and late 3-2 victories over Wigan and Nottingham Forest give them a chance of breaking into the Championship’s top six. That would be an outcome their performances this term merit and with some of Poch’s key players only just recovering fitness, Joka’s men could profit. 2-1