Sunday’s FA Cup preview: Arsenal host PL giant slayers Middlesbrough in day’s best matchup
Half of the 2014-15 FA Cup’s quarterfinal field is set following four games played on Saturday. On Sunday, three more sides will gain passage into the round of eight, as Premier League sides Arsenal, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Leicester City are all in action.
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In Sunday’s final game (11 am ET), current FA Cup holders Arsenal are to welcome Championship side Middlesbrough to the Emirates, hoping not to become Boro’s latest Premier League giant scalp.
The Gunners will once again be without Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey. If there’s ever a time for a Championship side to pull off another big upset — remember, Middlesborough took down Manchester City in the fifth round — it’s with three players of their caliber out injured.
In the day’s only all-Premier League matchup, Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa — that felt really, really good to write; my very best wishes to the real-life Ted Lasso — host last-placed PL side Leicester (7:30 am ET). The sides split their two league matchups this season, with the home side winning on both occasions.
Bradford City, the lowest-standing team (ninth place, League 1) still in this season’s FA Cup and slayers of PL giant Chelsea in the fifth round, host 15th-placed PL side Sunderland to the Valley Parade.
Monday’s FA Cup schedule
Preston North End vs. Manchester United (2:45 pm ET)