FA Cup Quarterfinal Preview

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Aug 4, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea (1) stops a shot by Liverpool in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Sadly, there is no EPL action this weekend. Fortunately, though, the magic of the FA Cup returns with 4 crucial quarter-final match ups that will determine which sides will compete at Wembley next month.

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Only 5 of the remaining 8 sides are EPL clubs, and two of them are bottom half of the table squads. The slipper does still fit and the Cinderellas are making their case. When Bradford City and Reading drew each other for a quarter-final match, it guaranteed that a non-top flight team will play at Wembley in the semi-finals.

Interestingly enough, the favorites of the competition have their minds on the domestic league with Champions League spots at stake. Arsenal, Manchester United, and Liverpool occupy places 3-5 in the EPL table and may now have their priorities shifted to sealing at least 4th. At least one of those teams will be eliminated as Arsenal are set to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night.

A rematch of Tuesday’s thrilling Midlands Derby between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion will take place once again at Villa Park, where the Baggies look for revenge after a penalty at the death from Christian Benteke broke their hearts. Tim Sherwood hopes to keep the Villa momentum rolling as a trip to Wembley would take the claret and blue fan’s minds off what has been a dismal EPL campaign.

This weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final action will take place at the following times and dates:

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Without further ado, we at Playing for 90 will preview the fantastic weekend of football ahead.

Next: Bradford City vs. Reading