City’s midweek draw at home to Stoke means they wasted their game in hand but did open up a four-point gap over the Reds.
Key Saturday in the relegation tussle
The top clubs often dominate the Premier League weekend, but with five of them in cup action, the relegation fight comes to the fore on Saturday.
Bournemouth are in serious trouble of getting sucked into the dogfight, and although their point at Old Trafford was a good one, they still haven’t won since New Year’s Eve.
Defensively, they look poor, and if they fail to overcome West Ham, their supporters will really start to worry. The Cherries are five points clear of relegation, but that gap is narrowing.
Marco Silva’s men are four points adrift of safety, and six behind the Swans, so another bad day at the office would really put them in a grim position.
Sunderland are already starting to look doomed, and if Hull don’t start getting a few more positive results, they will be the same.
Heavyweight cup clash at Stamford Bridge
There has been a distinct lack of eye-catching games in this season’s FA Cup, with too many ties a foregone conclusion before they start.
Chelsea‘s visit of United on Monday night looks a real corker, however, as Jose Mourinho once again returns to his former club.
United were battered 4-0 at Stamford Bridge back in October, but Mourinho will not allow that to happen again, and it should be a tight contest.
Liverpool’s north-west rivals are going for a cup treble, and with their route to Europa League glory looking fairly easy, this is likely to be their toughest cup game of the season.
In an ideal world, both teams would be knocked out, but when push comes to shove, misery for Mourinho sounds better than a Chelsea defeat.
Lincoln aim for the shock of all shocks
Just when you think Arsenal can’t become any more comical, they go and outdo themselves.
Their 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League was embarrassing, to say the least, and the pressure on Arsene Wenger is greater than it has ever been.
With fans, media and even certain players reportedly turning against him, Wenger will hope the FA Cup can restore some sort of pride and give his team some confidence.
The Gunners are at home to National League leaders Lincoln City on Saturday evening, as the visitors look for one of the biggest shocks in the history of English football.
They dramatically won 1-0 at Burnley in the fifth round, and are clearly a side brimming with self-belief, so you never know.
Even Arsenal can’t make a mess of this one, however, and they should comfortably book a place in the semi-finals at Wembley.
Will that be enough to ease the pressure on Wenger, though? It appears doubtful.
Straightforward progress for City & Spurs?
City have the harder task, away to Middlesbrough on Saturday lunchtime, but there is every chance that Aitor Karanka will field a second-string team.
Premier League survival takes precedence for Boro, and unless Karanka has a change of heart and plays his best side, City should be far too strong at the Riverside Stadium.
This will be one step too far for Neil Harris’ side, though, and Spurs should return to Wembley – a ground that has given them nightmares in the Champions League and Europa League over the last two seasons.
Fixtures, UK TV Info & Predictions
Hull vs. Swansea – 3pm
Arsenal vs. Lincoln – 5:30pm, BT Sport 2
Liverpool vs. Burnley – 4pm, Sky Sports 1
Tottenham vs. Millwall – 2pm, BBC One