Saturday 3/11/17 (4:15 AM PT)
Middlesbrough vs. Manchester City
Boro appear to be completely out of their depth against City, but the only games they have won in 2017 have come in the FA Cup, so they may to be able to get up for the contest. Fortunately for City, all of those Boro wins have come against lower-league opposition, so there isn’t much of a reason to think they will be able to find a way past Pep Guardiola’s men. The Citizens
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Arsenal vs. Lincoln City
For floundering Arsenal, this tie is a gift. The Gunners have been poor as of late, but they still found it pretty easy to defeat Lincoln’s fellow fifth-tier side Sutton United in the last round. The Imps are not going to make it easy on Arsenal and might be the only team left in the competition excited to play a road match, but their firepower simply cannot matchup with that of the Gunners. In most games at this level, it is very hard to rely on talent alone, but given Arsenal’s recent lack of effort, that is what they are most likely going to have to do, and, in truth, it should be more than enough.
Sunday 3/12/17 (7:00 AM PT)
Tottenham vs. Millwall
For both clubs, this is about the best draw possible. Millwall have beaten three Premier League sides in a row in the competition, so Spurs can’t just show up and expect to win without a fight. However, all three of those victories came at the Den and Tottenham will consider themselves heavy favorites with Mauricio Pochettino likely to play close to a full-strength team. For the Lions, the dream of a big game has been realized, and their fans will be well and truly up for what should be a testy London derby. Spurs should cruise, but there will be plenty of fireworks both at the ground and around White Hart Lane.
Monday 3/13/17 (12:45 PM PT)
Chelsea vs. Manchester United
Jose Mourinho visits his old stomping grounds in the tie of the round with a place in a Wembley semifinal on the line. United may be a bit tired after traveling to Rostov in the Europa League on Thursday, but they’ll still harbor hopes of knocking off the Premier League leaders. Meanwhile, Chelsea are the certain favorites, but beating the Red Devils won’t be easy. With the quality on show on both sides and the pedigrees of the clubs, this has the potential to be a superb contest.
Saturday 3/11/17 (7:00 AM PT)
Everton vs. West Brom (3)
Last time out, Everton were well-beaten by a surging Tottenham outfit, but if Ronald Koeman’s men can
Hull vs. Swansea (4)
This could easily be both the last stand for the Tigers and the final necessary escape for Swansea if the Welsh outfit is able to muster up a win at the Liberty Stadium. There’s no reason to think the Swans can’t, either, having won four of their last six, with the other two (both losses) coming against top-six opposition. Meanwhile, Hull have won just once during that stretch, and each week, it looks a little more likely that they are destined for the drop. It is getting to now-or-never time for Hull, so they need to start putting in consistently strong performances if they are going to be playing top flight football next year.
Bournemouth vs. West Ham (2)
When these teams met on the second day of the season, West Ham scraped by the Cherries 1-0 on an 85th-minute tally from Michail Antonio. However, last season, the teams combined to score 11 goals in the two games they played. The hope is that the game will resemble those ones rather than the early-season clash from this year, but it’s by no means a guarantee. Neither side is in form at the moment with West Ham winless in three league games and Bournemouth winless in eight, and while both defenses are among the league’s leakiest, neither attack is consistent enough to guarantee much in the way of excitement.
Saturday 3/12/17 (9:00 AM PT)
Liverpool vs. Burnley (3)
Burnley’s 2-0 win over Liverpool in August remains one of the results of the season, particularly given the way the Clarets got it, defending deep and giving the visiting Reds over 80 percent of the possession. Jurgen Klopp’s men will be eager for some revenge, but it won’t come easy. Burnley will again let Liverpool dictate the play and try to defend and counter, and with the problems the Reds have had against bottom-half sides this season, that could pose some trouble for Liverpool. At home, the Reds are still the favorites, especially in a game they will feel is a must-win, but they’ll have to be sharp.
Bonus European Games of the Week: Hertha Berlin vs. Dortmund and Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, Saturday, 3/11/17, 6:30 AM PT