Sunday FA Cup fifth round preview: Bristol City and Doncaster host Premier League sides

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The last of our second tier vs top flight FA Cup fifth round matches this weekend takes us to Ashton Gate, as high flying Bristol City will look to transfer their recent impressive league momentum over to the theatre of knockout football.

BRISTOL CITY VS WOLVES

Lee Johnson’s men seem to be timing their surge into the Championship promotion race perfectly, the Robins now find themselves lying 5th in the division and more than ready for the visit of Wolves this Sunday.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have transitioned to the top flight this season with ease and are in with a great chance of earning European football next time around. Whether this comes from league or cup fortunes, we shall have to wait and see.

  • Bristol City have won their last seven Championship league matches, the hottest streak in the division at present
  • They’ve also kept four clean sheets in their last six league outings and have the second best overall defensive record behind Middlesbrough
  • Wolves are unbeaten in their last four Premier League outings, scoring a total of 11 goals in the process

This could be a tough one to call, especially when you consider City’s rich form and home advantage. A score draw might seem a shrewd tip, you can get 4/1 for 1-1 and 11/1 on 2-2, both with GiveMeBet.

DONCASTER VS CRYSTAL PALACE

The only League One vs Premier League tie of the round takes us to the Keepmoat Stadium, as Doncaster play host to Crystal Palace at the Keepmoat Stadium and Doncaster like AFC Wimbledon have their eyes on a cool £250k progress bonus.

Grant McCann’s side got the better of Oldham Athletic in the previous round, with Ben Whiteman the hero of the hour, when his last-minute goal and subsequent double put Rovers into the hat for the 5th Round Draw.

Doncaster Rovers v Oldham Athletic AFC - FA Cup Fourth Round

Their reward was a pairing with 2016 runners-up Crystal Palace and the Eagles will be confident that they can go one step further this time around, what with so few top-flight counterparts left to get the better of this season.

  • Doncaster are the second highest scorers in League One, they’ve scored 58 this season – a tally only bettered by current leaders Luton
  • John Marquis is the club’s top scorer, with 18 to his name. This accounts for 31% of all their league goals this season
  • By comparison Crystal Palace’s top league scorer is midfielder Luka Milivojevic, the Serbian has found the net on 7 separate occasions. 

Michy Batshuayi perhaps should have opened his Palace account against West Ham last weekend and he’ll get another opportunity to do so against Doncaster. You can back the Belgian to hit the net anytime at 27/20 with GiveMeBet.

SWANSEA VS BRENTFORD

With Swansea and Brentford squaring off at the Liberty Stadium this Sunday, it means that the Championship will have at least one representative in this season’s quarter-final stage of the competition.

Both teams sit comfortably in mid-table with hosts Swansea lying 12th and visitors Brentford 15th and with no real distractions in either direction, it means that both clubs will be giving this tie their full attention.

This season both clubs have had to go through a period of adjustment and because of that you do get the feeling that they are two entities that are still very much a work in progress. Progress that will continue you for one on Sunday.

Swansea City v Gillingham - FA Cup Fourth Round
  • These two sides have already met in the Championship this season. Brentford were the hosts back in December and fell to a home defeat by three goals to two.
  • Brentford have only lost one of their last six league outings, as new manager Thomas Frank is finally finding his feet at Griffin Park.
  • The Bees have scored 50 league goals compared to Swansea’s 42. The goal tally for the West Londoners makes them the joint highest scorers in the bottom half of the Championship.

Brentford have more momentum behind them at present, but Swansea have been the better side overall this season. There’s not a lot to split them and it may well need extra-time and penalties to find a winner. With that in mind, you can back the draw with GiveMeBet at 23/10.

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