Welcome to the FA Cup preview, our look at each round of the FA Cup, with bets and stats from our very own OLBG tipsters.

Leicester v Sheffield United – 19:45pm

The FA Cup weekend could potentially start with an upset with Chris Wilder’s Blades travelling to the King Power Stadium to play Claude Puel’s Leicester. Leicester have already knocked Sheffield United out of a cup competition this season, with a 4-1 win at Bramall Lane in the 2nd Round of the EFL Cup a rare highlight of the season for Craig Shakespeare at the time. A lot has changed at Leicester since then with Puel now leading the team and he will be hoping for more of the same here. The Foxes are favourites and will be looking to make the most of that favouritism with a win against a Blades side that will surely have one eye on the league and their promotion fight instead.

Stat Attack:

  • Harry Maguire faces his former club in this game. Maguire left the Blades for Hull back in 2014.

  • Sheffield United have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 FA Cup games.

  • Leicester are unbeaten in their last 5 games against Sheffield United in all competitions.

Watch Demarai Gray score v Sheffield United earlier this season:

Chelsea v Hull City – 8pm, BT Sport

Chelsea go into this game against Hull with a bit of their confidence back after their routine victory against West Brom. Antonio Conte will know that this could be Chelsea’s best chance of silverware this season, with his side well out of the title race and up against Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League. It’ll be interesting to see if Conte does in fact have one eye on that Champions League tie next Tuesday and decides to rest Eden Hazard, which could have a negative effect on Chelsea. The sad news story of the week came from Hull, with Ryan Mason having to retire due to an injury which actually happened against Chelsea. It could be one of those games in which Hull channel that into their performance and try and win it for Mason.

Stat attack:

  • Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 games against Hull in all competitions

Hot Tips bet:

Chelsea to win is the most popular pick for this game at 1/5 on our app

Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea – 12:30pm, Saturday - BT Sport

The early FA Cup game on Saturday sees Sheffield Wednesday host Swansea, in a game that is going to be focused on Carlos Carvalhal as he goes back to his old club for the first time. Carvalhal himself has admitted that it will be like returning to home when he goes back to Hillsborough, saying “I am an Owl forever.” The reception he gets from the Wednesday fans could be mixed with him not leaving the club in the best position in the league. On the pitch, the Carvalhal era at Swansea has been brilliant. The football has changed, the players are playing with a lot of confidence and the Swans fans have really invested in the team. It could be worth expecting Swansea to carry on their good form in this one, with a win or draw popular.

Stat Attack:

  • Swansea have kept a clean sheet in their last three games against Sheffield Wednesday

  • There have been under 2.5 goals in the last four meetings between the two sides

Hot Tips Bet:

Draw is the most popular pick for this one on our app at 12/5 on our app

West Brom v Southampton – 3pm

The first all Premier League tie of the round comes from The Hawthorns with West Brom hosting Southampton. These two teams played out a Premier League classic just a fortnight ago, with the Saints running out 3-2 winners. West Brom will be hoping for a different scoreline in this one but will be without striker Daniel Sturridge after he limped off after just four minutes against Chelsea on Monday night. Southampton were beaten emphatically against Liverpool in the Premier League last weekend and now find themselves in the bottom 3 of the table, along with West Brom, so neither side will be too fussed about winning this game with attentions focused firmly on Premier League survival. This makes us think that it could well be a draw.

Stat Attack:

  • Southampton have won their last 3 games against West Brom

Bet from the hot tips:

  • The draw again in this game is the most popular pick on our app at 23/10 on our app

Brighton v Coventry – 3pm

Coventry are the lowest ranked side left in the FA Cup this season, sitting in 9th in League Two and they are in bad form losing their last three games. Brighton on the other hand are unbeaten in their last four games and come into this one with big confidence and Chris Hughton could hand record signing Jurgen Locadia his debut. Locadia was signed in the January transfer window for a fee reported to be around £14 million and Brighton will hope that he hits the ground running straight away. It’s tough to see anything other than a Brighton win in this one based off the form of both sides, but the magic of the cup means anything can happen.

Stat Attack:

  • The last meeting between the two sides was 7 years ago, with Coventry winning 2-0.

Hot Tips:

  • Coventry fan 'safeseen' on our hot tips likes Brighton to win at 4/11 on our app

"Coventry have been really poor of late, since having a virus sweep the squad. A number of players have been suffering, as have the results, and even if that is no longer an issue their confidence has gone. If Brighton score first then this should be a comfortable home win." - OLBG tipster 'safeseen'

Huddersfield v Man United – 5:30pm, BT Sport

The late Saturday game in the FA Cup 5th Round sees another all Premier League tie, with Huddersfield hosting Manchester United. The last time Huddersfield hosted Man United saw one of the shocks of the Premier League season with the Terriers winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre. The sides have met since with the Red Devils winning 2-0, but they face a whole different task here in front of a sold-out John Smith’s Stadium. The Huddersfield fans showed that they can be the 12th man against Bournemouth last week, where they didn’t stop singing for the full 90 minutes, and they need to do the same here to help their team win. The home side are a massive price of 7/1 to win on the day.

Stat attack:

  • Man Utd have scored at least 5 goals in their last 6 games in the FA Cup

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Rochdale v Tottenham - 4:00pm BBC One

This game is all about the £500,000 pitch. Rochdale have spent the last few months basically playing on a beach and to prepare for this game they’ve laid a brand new £500k pitch. Mauricio Pochettino said that the pitch was “a massive risk to players,” to which Keith Hill said was a low blow comment by the Spurs manager. This could add a feisty side to the game, with Tottenham already known for liking a tackle. Rochdale beat Championship side Millwall in the last round of the FA Cup, but sit at the bottom of League One after a tough season. The Cup run has made them take their eye off the league and this has cost them big time and will be a frustration for Keith Hill. The last round of the competition saw Spurs play Newport and the League Two side held them to a draw before Tottenham beat them in a replay. We could see the same here if Spurs don’t turn up, with Rochdale surely up for this one.

Stat attack:

  • Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 FA Cup games.

  • Rochdale have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 9 FA Cup games.

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Wigan v Manchester City – 7:55pm (BBC One)

The Final game of the FA Cup 5th Round weekend sees a replay of the 2013 FA Cup Final with Wigan hosting Manchester City. That final saw one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history with Wigan, who were relegated from the Premier League that season, beating big-spenders Manchester City thanks to a last minute header by midfielder Ben Watson. The two sides have met since then in the FA Cup with Wigan winning again, so it’s fair to say that Wigan have been a bogey side to Man City in this competition. This is a whole new City squad though and Pep Guardiola’s men will be looking to carry on their quest for the Quadruple with a win here. Wigan are a massive 9/1 to qualify in this one with Man City 1/20 so that sums up how heavy City are favourites.

Stat Attack:

  • Man City have lost just twice in all competitions all season.

  • Wigan have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 FA Cup games.

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