Bolton play Spurs on Sunday in the only all Premiership clash of the round. It is likely to be an epic encounter due to the teams’ contrasting styles. Bolton will be hoping to out muscle the London club and then look to the class of on-loan teenage youngster Jack Wilshire to unlock the Spurs defence.
Tottenham on the other hand will be hoping their superior skill will be enough to secure victory at the Reebok. Spurs will be looking to bounce back from their surprise defeat at Wolves on Wednesday and will be hoping a good cup run can add to their push for a place in the top four.
Verdict: Spurs to edge a tight clash.
Fulham v Notts County, Sunday at 15:00
The lowest place team left in the competition Notts County travel to Craven Cottage to face Fulham on Sunday hoping to continue their magical cup run.
The Cottagers will be praying that the Magpies do not cause too many problems and will be looking for an easy passage through to the quarter finals.
Although County have already seen off one Premier League club, Wigan in the previous round, they are unlikely to progress against a strong Fulham side.
Verdict: Fulham to win comfortably.
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa, Sunday at 15:45
The final tie of the round features another side in financial difficulty, Crystal Palace, who host high flying Aston Villa on Sunday. The Eagles were forced into administration in January and had to sell young starlet Victor Moses to help with the clubs debts. Luckily for the club they still have the majority of the young and hungry side that has impressed in the Championship this year.
Villa are the blueprint for any side looking to develop a team of English youngsters. Boss Martin O’Neill has invested heavily in young English players and has built a team that will become genuine title contenders in the next couple of years. Players like James Milner and Ashley Young have become regulars in the England squad and look the likely successors when the current group of England players call it a day.
O’Neill’s side should have enough class to see of Palace.
Verdict: Villa to win by a single goal