20:00 Wednesday

Liverpool vs Southampton – Liverpool win

Liverpool has a taste for winning trophies already this season having lifted the Carabao cup last weekend when they defeated Chelsea 1-0. They will want to take that momentum into the FA Cup today. 

This game won’t be an easy task as they come up against a Southampton side that have been flying in the Championship this season and currently sit in 4th place in the English second division. They have a win percentage of 59% in the league.

Southampton have progressed past this stage of the competition in two of the last three season.

While Southampton’s league and competition record poses some concern for Liverpool, the Reds boast impressive records of their own. They have been one of the most impressive teams in England this season with just two losses in the league. They also sit in 1st place, above both Man City and Arsenal.

Despite significant injuries to Liverpool’s squad, they demonstrated the depth their team possesses when calling upon five youth players in the Carabao Cup to help them dispatch of a Chelsea team that has endless talent. 

Southampton have hit a rut and have suffered three losses in their last five games, and I think Liverpool will make this four. Liverpool has enough talent available to capitalize on this lack of form and the academy players have shown they can be relied on if needed. Liverpool’s home advantage will also play to their advantage. 

19:45 Wednesday

Nottingham Forest vs Man United – Man United to Win

Forest will be hosting last year’s finalists Man United at the City Ground in this 5th round FA Cup tie. Both teams are coming off the back of losses in the Premier League and are struggling to achieve their goals domestically.

Despite showing some promise in a 2-0 win against West Ham, Forest were brought back down to earth with a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa this weekend. This marked their 14th defeat of the season and their 3rd loss in their last five Premier League games. 

They sit in 17th place in the Premier League and face potential relegation. 

Their journey to this 5th round tie was far from ideal after scraping through in a replayed ties against league one side Blackpool and Championship side Bristol City.

Manchester United, despite losing to Fulham on the weekend, remain 6th in the Premier League. With Champions League places getting further from their grasp, Erik ten Hag will want to secure a win today to ensure a chance at some silverware to appease the fans this season.

The Red Devils have won six of the last seven head-to-head games against Nottingham Forest and I think they will make that seven. Nuno Santo will have more prevalent concerns than winning the FA cup with Liverpool coming up in the Premier League, while this competition will be far more important to United’s season.

I think United will have the class and desire to beat a lackluster Forest side who will be distracted by Premier League survival.

19:45 Wednesday

Wolves vs Brighton – Wolves to Win

Wolverhampton Wanderers host Brighton & Hove Albion in an FA Cup tie. Both sides are vying for European places in the Premier League and have strong claims for those spots. 

Brighton have been somewhat unpredictable this season and has struggled to find consistency recently. They have just two wins in their last five games and only two wins in their last 11 Premier League away games.

The Seagulls also recently suffered an embarrassing 4-0 loss away from home to relegation candidates Luton. On the other hand, Gary O’Neil and Wolves have made the Molineux a fortress recently; they have only lost two of their last 12 home matches in all competitions. 

They are in fine form, winning four of their last six matches which include victories against both Chelsea and Tottenham.

Based on current form and the fine home record of Wolves combined with the dismal away record of Brighton and their inconsistency this season, I expect this to a victory for the home side.