The FA Cup has thrown together an all-championship tie in the Quarterfinals but who will make their way to Wembley?
One Game Away
With the way that Sheffield United are playing at present, extra progress in the FA Cup may actually prove to be their undoing in the Championship.
In Or Out
With a number of high-profile casualties being recorded in this season’s FA Cup, the last eight lineup is one of the most open in years and with two Championship teams being paired together, one of them will at least get one visit to Wembley.
The two second tier protagonists that are squaring off in this season’s quarterfinals are none other than Sheffield United and Blackburn. The Blades are currently second in the Championship, Rovers are three places behind in fifth.
While although there may be nine points separating the two sides at present, that gap counts for nothing by the time that Sunday lunchtime comes around. Both teams will start with zero goals, as they look to reach the FA Cup semis.
Something that may have looked rather unlikely when the draw for the Fifth Round was made. Sheffield United were paired with Tottenham, Blackburn were paired with another Premier League side in the shape of Leicester.
The European regulars and the 2021 FA Cup winners were both dumped out by Championship outfits. Two cup upsets in the eyes of many, two massive scalps for those who prefer to back the underdog.
A status that will be afforded to Blackburn before this weekend and although that may be the case, they have managed to get the better of Sheffield United in the league only recently. An Ewood Park meeting just a fortnight ago would see Jon Dahl Tomasson’s men come out on top.
Just a goal in it that afternoon, but what a goal it was. One of the best counter-attacking goals you will see this season. It started in Blackburn’s own box and within a minute, Harry Pickering’s effort was nestled firmly in Wes Foderingham’s net.
Which goes to show this Sheffield United side can be beaten and it is something that they have suffered too much in recent weeks. To the point where their almost certain automatic promotion is looking under threat and the strain of further cup progress is going to have to be weighed up.
Do the Blades buckle now and put all their eggs in the battle to beat Middlesbrough to second? You will not blame them if that proves to be the case, we will find out on Sunday if this turns out to be Paul Heckingbottom’s grand plan.
With that in mind, it is time to look at some tips and the first of those is tipping Blackburn to win in 90 minutes at odds of 5/1. As mentioned above, the Bramall Lane outfit have become jittery as of late and their full focus will not be on further cup progress.
While I am also going to focus on Sam Gallagher and with the 27-year-old expected to lead the line for Rovers, I am also expecting him to open the scoring on Sunday. He found the net in midweek and if he breaks the deadlock, this one will pay out at odds of 11/1.