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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

Chelsea, Tottenham, Man United and Wigan to reach FA Cup semi-finals as Salah and Liverpool thrash Watford: English football predictions

It is a mixture of FA Cup and Premier League games being previewed this weekend.

Eden Hazard can inspire Chelsea to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. David Ramos / Getty Images
Eden Hazard can inspire Chelsea to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. David Ramos / Getty Images

It is a mixed weekend of action in England with the FA Cup quarter-finals and four Premier League games making up the schedule.

Here is a look at what is to come and what we predict the outcomes will be.

Son Heung-min is in great form for Tottenham Hotspur. Ian Walton / Reuters
Son Heung-min is in great form for Tottenham Hotspur. Ian Walton / Reuters

FA Cup

Swansea City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2

Saturday, 4.15pm

Why? Tottenham have made hard work of this cup run, needing replays to get past both Newport County and Rochdale on their way to the last eight.

Despite being without the injured Harry Kane they should have too much for Swansea with Son Heung-Min on a great run of seven goals in four games in all competitions.

Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is in good form. Oli Scarff / AFP Photo
Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is in good form. Oli Scarff / AFP Photo

Manchester United 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0

Saturday, 11.45pm

Why? United will look to bounce back from their disappointing Uefa Champions League exit in midweek to Sevilla.

This is a re-match of the 1983 final. That went United's way, and the home side's forward line, led by Romelu Lukaku, should be too strong for Brighton.

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Wigan Athletic will look for another FA Cup shock when they face Southampton. Carl Recine / Action Images via Reuters
Wigan Athletic will look for another FA Cup shock when they face Southampton. Carl Recine / Action Images via Reuters

Wigan Athletic 1 Southampton 0

Sunday, 5.30pm

Why? Southampton may have new manager syndrome with Mark Hughes appointed to replace Maurico Pellegrino but it is hard to see what instant impact the Welshman can have on a side bereft of goals.

Wigan shocked Manchester City in the last round and they can do it again here to reach the last four.

Chelsea and manager Antonio Conte had a disappointing week losing to Barcelona but they can bounce back in the FA Cup. Susana Vera / Reuters
Chelsea and manager Antonio Conte had a disappointing week losing to Barcelona but they can bounce back in the FA Cup. Susana Vera / Reuters

Leicester City 1 Chelsea 3

Sunday, 8.30pm

Why? Chelsea went out of the Champions League on Wednesday to Barcelona but they did not play badly in losing at Camp Nou.

The side is clearly still playing for underfire manager Antonio Conte and they will to Eden Hazard to inspire them to a spot in the last four of the competition in April.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has seen his side pick up two points from their past five games. Craig Brough / Action Images via Reuters
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has seen his side pick up two points from their past five games. Craig Brough / Action Images via Reuters

Premier League

Bournemouth 3 West Bromwich Albion 0

Saturday, 7pm

Why? Bournemouth have only picked up two points from their past four games, but they impressed at times during their 4-1 loss at home to Tottenham and Josh King is back among the goals again.

They should have too much for beleaguered West Brom who already look doom to playing Championship football for the first time since 2008 next season.

Wilfried Zaha, centre, is back to full fitness for Crystal Palace. Toby Melville / Reuters
Wilfried Zaha, centre, is back to full fitness for Crystal Palace. Toby Melville / Reuters

Huddersfield Town 1 Crystal Palace 2

Saturday, 7pm

Why? Palace are in the relegation zone but have been given a boost by the return to fitness of Wilfried Zaha. The forward has been out for more than a month with a knee injury.

But he could be coming back refreshed at exactly the right time as Palace can take all the points to boost their hopes of staying up.

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert. Andrew Couldridge / Action Images via Reuters
Stoke City manager Paul Lambert. Andrew Couldridge / Action Images via Reuters

Stoke City 1 Everton 1

Saturday, 7pm

Why? Paul Lambert has made his Stoke side hard to beat since taking over. Monday's loss to Manchester City was only his second defeat as manager at the club.

But the club do not win enough games. Four draws from seven tells the story of why they are in the bottom three and they will again the threat in front of goal to triumph as Everton edge closer to securing their only status in the top flight for another season.

Mohamed Salah and Liverpool will expect to get back to winning ways against Watford. Michael Regan / Getty Images
Mohamed Salah and Liverpool will expect to get back to winning ways against Watford. Michael Regan / Getty Images

Liverpool 4 Watford 0

Saturday, 7pm

Why? Liverpool were beaten at Manchester United last weekend, but the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane should have more joy against a Watford side who have not won away since November 25.

This should be a comfortable afternoon's work for Mohamed Salah's men.

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