FA Cup: What to look out for in the quarter-finals this weekend

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FA Cup quarter-finals on the BBC
Date: 16-17 March
Coverage of all matches, including highlights, across the BBC Sport website and app; Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United and Millwall v Brighton & Hove Albion live on BBC One; extensive coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live and local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

It’s FA Cup quarter-final weekend, with all four ties played to a finish on the day and teams allowed to make a fourth substitution if games go to extra time.

Millwall, 19th in the Championship, are the lowest ranked of the remaining eight clubs, while Manchester United are seeking to win the competition for a joint-record 13th time.

Three of the four games are on Saturday, the other on Sunday.

United’s tie at four-time winners Wolverhampton Wanderers is live on BBC One on Saturday (19:55 GMT) – as is Sunday’s match between Millwall and Brighton & Hove Albion (14:00).

BBC Sport takes a look at this weekend’s ties.

Watford v Crystal Palace: Will Roy get a finger on the cup?

Saturday, 16 March (12:15 GMT)

Picture the scene: It’s 18 May and 71-year-old Roy Hodgson is leading Crystal Palace out at a sun-drenched Wembley. It’s a scenario Hodgson admits has crossed his mind.

“It would be a fantastic situation to find myself in, and I would love to do it, even if I only got a finger on the trophy,” said the Palace boss, whose managerial career started 43 years ago in Sweden.

With Palace not out of relegation trouble, staying in the Premier League remains Hodgson’s priority.

However, the Eagles are two wins from a second FA Cup final in four seasons – who could forget Alan Pardew’s touchline dance when Jason Puncheon put them ahead against Manchester United in 2016?

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Key to Palace’s hopes of progress against Premier League rivals Watford could be Michy Batshuayi.

The on-loan Chelsea forward has scored in all three of his previous appearances against the Hornets, claiming four goals, all in Premier League games while at the Stamford Bridge club.

Watford are flying under Javi Gracia, eighth in the table and three points away from a club-record Premier League points tally with eight games remaining.

Midfielder Will Hughes told BBC Radio 5 Live’s The Monday Night Club: “We’ve gone under the radar.

Will Hughes has helped Watford do a Premier League double over Crystal Palace this season

“The way we are playing, it couldn’t be going much better in terms of our position in the league.

“We’ve not got past 45 points in the Premier League so we are in a fantastic position to achieve that.”

Did you know? Neither Watford nor Crystal Palace have conceded a goal in this season’s FA Cup.

Swansea City v Manchester City: Will Pep win his first FA Cup?

Saturday, 16 March (17:20 GMT)

It’s not that long ago Swansea City beat Premier League leaders Manchester City, substitute Luke Moore’s header knocking Roberto Mancini’s men off the summit in March 2012.

An awful lot has happened in the seven years since.

Swansea have gone from the Europa League in 2014 to a mid-table Championship side, while City, who recovered from defeat at the Liberty Stadium to win the league seven years ago, have gone from strength to strength.

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The Welsh club’s preparations were not helped by a league game at West Brom on Wednesday – a match they lost 3-0.

Graham Potter’s side arrived back in south Wales in the early hours of Thursday, leaving them little time to prepare for Pep Guardiola’s visit.

But Swansea’s Kosovo midfielder Bersant Celina believes his side can give a good account of themselves against his former club.

Celina, 22, made four first-team appearances during Manuel Pellegrini’s time at Etihad Stadium.

“Manchester City is where I became a man,” Celina tells BBC Sport Wales.

“The club were a big influence on me. They had lots of really good young players and amazing coaches.

“The new academy was built while I was there and it was an amazing place to be.

“I was actually the first person to move into the academy and live there. I just wanted to be around that place so I could play football all the time.”

Luke Moore heads Swansea’s winner against top-of-the-table Manchester City in 2012

Since their last FA Cup appearance, a 4-1 win at Newport County, Manchester City have won the Carabao Cup and remain on course for an astonishing quadruple.

They, too, were in midweek action – sticking seven past Schalke in the Champions League. That took their tally for the season in league and cups games to an incredible 137 goals.

Do not expect Guardiola to take this tie lightly. The Spaniard has yet to win the FA Cup and is likely to name a strong side.

Did you know? Swansea City have been eliminated in six of their past seven FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United: Ole fed to the Wolves?

Saturday, 16 March (19:55 GMT) live on BBC One

What a season Wolves are having.

They’ve already marked their Premier League return by beating Tottenham and Chelsea – as well as knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup.

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“We’re going to try to do something great,” Wolves’ Morocco international Romain Saiss told the Express & Star.