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FA Cup - Football: Boro hoping to pull off another FA Cup shock

After a hectic few weeks in the Premier League, the FA Cup returns in midweek, with the fifth round taking centre stage from Tuesday.

There are three games on the agenda on Tuesday night, with Manchester City, 2/1 to lift the trophy, in action against Championship side Peterborough United.

Crystal Palace, Stoke, Middlesbrough and Tottenham are also in action, with Chris Wilder's side hoping to build on their shock victory over Manchester United.

There are also games to come on Wednesday, Thursday and Monday, and we assess any potential shocks that could occur in the next seven days.

All of the fifth round ties are on the Sports Live Streaming platform, and there is sure to be plenty of excitement as teams try to move one step closer to silverware.

Boro hoping to unsettle inconsistent Tottenham

Tottenham could ease the pressure on boss Antonio Conte by winning this year's FA Cup, but they face a potential banana-skin when they travel to the Riverside Stadium to tackle Tottenham.

Spurs might have beaten Leeds United 4-0 at the weekend, but they have lost three of their last five and consistency is a real issue.

Conte's troops looked a class above Leeds on Saturday, but Chris Wilder's side proved they could mix it with the big boys when they beat Manchester United on penalties earlier this month.

Boro, 4/1 to win at home, suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Barnsley last time out, but their record at the Riverside Stadium is formidable.

Seven wins on the spin at home mean Boro will have every confidence, but those that fancy the Premier League giants can back them at 7/10.

Tuesday's early game will see Peterborough host Manchester City, but there is little hope that the Posh can grab a result.

Grant McCann's side are as big as 20/1 to grab the victory, but they are winless since their last FA Cup success against Queens Park Rangers.

Manchester City have struggled to click in their last two games, but the Citizens should prove their class when they visit the Weston Homes Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side are unbeaten in eight away from the Etihad Stadium, and they have kept a clean sheet in their previous three on the road.

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Selhurst Park not the fortress Palace desire

Crystal Palace have earned plenty of plaudits this season under Patrick Vieira, but their recent home form will be a worry for the Frenchman.

The Eagles have managed to win one of their last five in South London, and that victory came against Hartlepool United in the previous round of the FA Cup.

That will give Tuesday's opponents Stoke City every confidence as they try to secure a Premier League scalp.

The Potters are winless in four games under Michael O'Neill, and the recent matches suggest punters should get to watch a high-scoring game.

Over 2.5 goals is priced at 1/1 this week, and that looks tempting, considering there have been at least three goals in all five of Stoke City's matches.

Wounded Chelsea to battle back

Chelsea are still licking their wounds after the EFL Cup final defeat to Liverpool, but that does not mean they will not beat Luton Town on Wednesday.

The Blues, 5/1 to win the competition, will look for a quick return to Wembley this season, but in order to do that, they will need to overcome Nathan Jones' troops.

Fans could be in for a treat at Kenilworth Road, with the Hatters only losing one of their previous nine.

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel will no doubt tweak his starting XI, but his squad know they can overcome their Championship opponents.

The two sides met in the competition in 2021, and Chelsea won 3-1 in what turned out to be one of Frank Lampard's final matches in charge.

Saints can make a big statement

Southampton could be considered dark horses for this year's FA Cup, and at 25/1, they offer good value as it stands.

Sadly for the Saints, they have been handed one of the toughest draws of the fifth round, with West Ham due to travel to the south coast on Wednesday night.

The Hammers showed they are still in the fight for the top four by beating Wolves 1-0 on Sunday, but there is a feel-good factor about Southampton at the minute.

Even though they sold some of their best players in the summer, Ralph Hasenhuttl's side seem to have improved, and the form of Armando Broja and Che Adams will give them every chance of finding the back of the net this week.

The Saints look a good price to win at 11/8, and it promises to be a fascinating battle, with both sides unbeaten in their previous five matches.

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