Rochdale and Wigan looking to cause FA Cup fifth round shocks

On Friday night, Chelsea defeated Hull and Leicester beat Reading 1-0 in the FA Cup fifth round. The FA Cup is all about potential giant-killings and on Sunday and Monday, there are ties that fit into the David versus Goliath category.

On Sunday, Rochdale of League One host Premier League Tottenham, as the home side look to put their poor league form to one side. Dale are currently bottom of the third tier table and struggling for form.

Keith Hill’s side have had a pretty comfortable passage to the fifth round, beating Bromley, Slough Town, Doncaster Rovers and Millwall in the previous rounds of the competition. However, the home side did need a replay to see off Millwall in the last round.

Tottenham are on a good run of form, having gone 13 games unbeaten in all competitions. A trip to Juventus in midweek for a 2-2 draw in the Champions League is very different from a trip to the north west and Rochdale.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team have been relatively prolific in recent weeks, scoring at least twice in four out of their last five games in all competitions.

Another League One side Wigan, have an even tougher task on their hands progressing to the next round, as the Latics host Premier League leaders Manchester City at the DW Stadium.

Wigan have been in good form this season and currently sit second in the League One table. However, the Latics have suffered two straight defeats in the league, not ideal preparation to be facing a formidable Manchester City side.

City are on for the quadruple this season and head into this game on the back of a comprehensive 4-0 win at Basel in the Champions League. The victory means the Citizens have won six of their last seven games in all competitions.

The visitors have also scored at least two goals in ten of their last 11 previous competitive outings. Wigan have their work cut out to stop the men from down the road.

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