Premier League Predictions: Liverpool set for derby glory, City to pile misery on Arsenal

The international break is over. Premier League football is back and what a weekend we have in store, starting with the Merseyside Derby on Saturday lunchtime and ending with a huge game at the Emirates as Arsenal welcome Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

There are also crucial clashes at the bottom of the table, with Swansea hosting Middlesbrough on Sunday after Watford face struggling Sunderland on Saturday afternoon. It should be another thrilling weekend of action so read on for all our Gameweek 30 predictions…

Liverpool 3-2 Everton 

The Merseyside Derby is always a big occasion and that will be no different on Saturday. Liverpool need to win this to keep their top four hopes alive and should be able to edge past an Everton team who have only won one of their last five away games in the Premier League. The Toffees are unlikely to end their 18-year winless run at Anfield here.

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Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace 

Premier League leaders Chelsea are ten points clear of the chasing pack. They face a Crystal Palace side who are looking to grind out results to ensure their survival. The Blues know what they need to do to win the league from here on it and Antonio Conte will expect nothing less than a win.

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Burnley 0-1 Tottenham 

Burnley have made Turf Moor a fortress this season. They have the fifth-best home record in the top flight but are facing a Spurs side that are still fighting for Champions League football. Tottenham haven’t been great away from home, winning just two of their last ten on the road in the Premier League but should be able to win by the odd goal here.

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Hull 2-2 West Ham 

Hull City come into this tie off the back of a 4-0 thumping before the international break. West Ham are going through a difficult patch so Hull will see this as a game they have to pick up points in. Unless The Tigers can put a string a positive results together they look set for the drop. Score draw.

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Leicester 3-0 Stoke

Leicester have been resurgent since Craig Shakespeare took over from Claudio Ranieri and the Foxes don’t look set to slow down here. They have won four in a row in all competitions and have rediscovered their goalscoring form. Stoke on the other hand can’t seem to score on the road, having failed to do so in their last three away games. Should be a routine home victory.

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Manchester United 2-0 West Brom 

Jose Mourinho knows his side have to win this game. West Brom shocked everyone before the international break with a stunning 3-1 win over Arsenal but a winning two on the bounce is a big ask. United are still pushing hard for a top four finish and they look capable of doing so.

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Watford 1-1 Sunderland 

This is a massive game for Sunderland if they are to keep their survival hopes intact. They need to start winning games to have any chance of pulling off another great escape but they haven’t scored in four games and are taking on a Watford side that have only lost one of their last five at home. It should be tense and we can’t see either side leaving with all three points.

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Southampton 3-1 Bournemouth 

Southampton host Bournemouth in a south-coast derby on Saturday evening and will be looking to keep their unbeaten home record against the Cherries going. Bournemouth have lost four of their last five away games but having been scoring goals. The Saints won the reverse fixture 3-1 and the same scoreline could well be on the cards here.

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Swansea 2-0 Middlesbrough 

This is a huge game at the bottom of the league. Swansea are working their way towards safety under the guidance of Paul Clement but there is still plenty of work to be done as they are just three points above the drop zone. Middlesbrough look destined for a return to the Championship unless they can turn their fortunes around. They’ve won the least amount of games in the league this season, just four.

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Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City 

The pressure is on Arsene Wenger to deliver in this one. His Arsenal side have lost four of their last five Premier League games and face a continually improving Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side are 12 points off the top and will be looking to keep chasing with a win here. They haven’t conceded in their last three away league outings.


FA Cup Quarter-Final Predictions: Big guns to deliver, another tough Chelsea return for Jose’s United

The FA Cup quarter-finals take place over the weekend with six Premier League clubs battling for a spot in the semis. Middlesbrough host Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime, while Arsenal face a non-league side once again in Lincoln City later on in the day. The remaining two games are spread over the following two days as Tottenham host League One side Millwall on Sunday and it’s another Chelsea return for Jose Mourinho with Manchester United heading to Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Read on for all four of our FA Cup quarter-final predictions…

Middlesbrough 1-3 Manchester City

Middlesbrough had to wait to find out who their opponents were in the quarter-final due to City’s replay against Huddersfield. It’s fair to say Pep Guardiola’s side made light work of reaching the quarters at the second attempt with their 5-1 win. Boro will have to work extremely hard to progress here considering they have won just three games in 2017 but City will be aware all of those wins have come in the FA Cup. However, the depth of Guardiola’s squad should see them through comfortably this weekend.

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Arsenal 4-1 Lincoln City

Arsenal face their second non-league side in a row in the competition with the visit of Lincoln after the away side stunned Premier League outfit Burnley with an astonishing late winner in the previous round. Arsene Wenger simply cannot lose this game, the pressure has continually mounted on him this season and if he is to depart at the end of the campaign he will wish to do so with silverware. This is Arsenal’s last chance of a trophy this season and they should progress into the semi-final without too much difficulty.

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Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Millwall

Spurs face off against League One side Millwall on Sunday afternoon in a game that is expected to be hotly contested both on the field and in the stands. Harry Kane comes up against another of his former clubs at which he spent time on loan and with the incredible form the Spurs striker is in it is difficult not to see him finding the back of the net once again. Dare we say there could be another Kane hat-trick at White Hart Lane?

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Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United (A.E.T)

This is clearly the standout fixture of the quarter-finals. Jose Mourinho endured an incredibly tough return to Stamford Bridge earlier in the season in that 4-0 loss and he will make sure his side are not humiliated again. This looks a tie likely to reach extra-time, since there are no longer replays in this round of the competition. The game is going to be a battle, United are without their talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Antonio Conte will be expecting his side to do what they’ve been doing all season and get the job done. Chelsea to edge it.

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Premier League Predictions: Chelsea to extend lead at the top, Bournemouth’s woes to continue

The Premier League returns this weekend after a two-week break for European and FA Cup commitments for a number of top flight clubs. Others have had two full weeks to recover and will hope some warm-weather training will help inspire them to three points this weekend.

Sunday will also see Manchester United and Southampton go head-to-head at Wembley in the EFL Cup Final. Arsenal and Manchester City will not be in action, as a result of Sunday’s final, but read on for all of our Gameweek 26 predictions…

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea

Chelsea face a Swansea side who have dramatically improved since the appointment of Paul Clement. The reverse fixture was filled with controversy as Chelsea felt hard-done by to not come away with all three points. They’ll be looking to make amends here and extend their lead at the top with both Manchester United and Arsenal not playing in the league this weekend.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Middlesbrough

Crystal Palace in are in trouble. They need to get a positive result out of this one otherwise Middlesbrough will open the gap between themselves and the bottom three. A win for Sam Allardyce’s side could potentially take them up to 16th and could help to inspire them to get on a run. Middlesbrough know they have to avoid defeat to risk potentially being dragged into the relegation zone, so a draw looks likely.

Everton 3-1 Sunderland

Everton are on an eight game unbeaten run in the Premier League. They’re still in the mix for a European placed finish so have to fight hard to cause the sides above them problems. Sunderland’s so-called revival looks more like a one-game wonder as they were thumped 4-0 having dished out their own four-goal haul the game week before. This looks like a foregone conclusion but you can’t rule Sunderland out of scoring with Jermain Defoe leading the line.

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Hull 2-2 Burnley

Hull City look capable of staying up this season but they have to make their home form count. Burnley cannot buy a win on their travels and despite their commanding position over their opponents here it looks like that unwanted run will continue. Hull have managed to pick up seven points from the last 15 on offer, so a draw here wouldn’t be the worst result.

West Brom 2-0 Bournemouth

West Brom are unbeaten in four and looking as solid as usual ahead of what looks a very winnable fixture against a Bournemouth team that are seemingly in freefall. The Cherries have lost three in a row and conceded six in their most recent away game at Everton. Eddie Howe’s men are out of form but will hope they are clear enough of the bottom three to be fully dragged into a relegation scrap.

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Watford 2-2 West Ham

Both these sides have had two full weeks to prepare for what is a big game for both sets of players. Watford have only lost two of their last 11 at home and are a tough unit to break down, but West Ham have been playing with more belief of late and goals are to be expected in what should be an entertaining game.

Spurs 2-1 Stoke

This is a massive game for Tottenham after their disappointing midweek Europa League exit to Gent at Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino knows his players need to bounce back straightaway, but the fact that his first-team played on Thursday night could play a major role in the outcome of the game. Stoke have been inconsistent all season but will fancy their chances after an extended break. They don’t do well in London though, having only won one of their last 20 trips to the capital…

EFL Cup Final – Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

Jose Mourinho loves playing cup finals at Wembley. He’s only lost one of 11 finals during his managerial career and has his United team firing on all cylinders ahead of Sunday’s clash. It’s a huge game for the Saints, who have never won the League Cup in their history, but they are up against it and it’s tough to see any other outcome than a United win.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs Middlesbrough

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Middlesbrough

Venue: White Hart Lane – Saturday, February 4 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Spurs 1/4 – Draw 9/2 – Middlesbrough 11/1

Match Preview

Tottenham welcome Middlesbrough to White Hart Lane for Saturday’s late Premier League game with the hosts looking for three more vital points to keep their faint title hopes alive.

Spurs enter the weekend in second place, although the result of the early kickoff between Chelsea and Arsenal will have major implications on this contest and Tottenham know they must be prepared to take advantage of dropped points from at least one of their two London rivals.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side had to settle for a frustrating 0-0 draw at Sunderland during the midweek round of fixtures, but Spurs haven’t failed to score in back-to-back Premier League games for almost two years, so they will expect to rediscover their goalscoring form here.

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The Lilywhites are unbeaten at home this season and have won six in a row at White Hart Lane so Middlesbrough know they are right up against it ahead of what looks to be a one-sided tie.

Aitor Karanka’s men have struggled for goals all season. They have scored just 19 times in the league so far, the lowest tally of anyone and that is proving to be their biggest problem.

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They are a tight unit at the other end of the field and have the best defensive record in the bottom half of the table. But they are only two points above the drop heading into the weekend and need to start picking up more wins if they are to retain their Premier League status.

Middlesbrough haven’t won away from home since August but would happily settle for a point here in what should be a hard-fought battle.

Team News

Spurs remain without Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela, while Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is also ruled out. Danny Rose is likely to miss out after limping off against Sunderland on Tuesday, while the same applies to Heung-Min Son and Kieran Trippier, who are both struggling with knocks.

Middlesbrough will be without George Friend and Calum Chambers for the trip to London, while Gaston Ramirez is looking unlikely to be passed fit in time to feature. Aitor Karanka could name an unchanged side to the team that drew 1-1 with West Brom on Tuesday evening.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five: W/W/W/D/D

Middlesbrough’s last five: L/D/D/L/D

Key Stat: Spurs have won their last six Premier League home games, conceding just three goals in that time. They are looking to win seven in a row at White Hart Lane for the first time in 11 years.

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Tottenham frontman has yet to play against Middlesbrough in the Premier League but he will be relishing the prospect after netting a hat-trick in Spurs’ last home league game against West Brom three weeks ago. He has 13 goals for the season – more than Boro have managed in total in their last 16 league outings.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham 1-0 Middlesbrough – Middlesbrough have the third best defensive record away from home in the Premier League and will set up to make it very difficult for Spurs to break them down. However, the home side are desperate for three points to stay in the title race and should have enough quality to edge past a resilient but low-scoring Boro team.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Middlesbrough vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Everton

Venue: Riverside Stadium – Sunday, November 20 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Middlesbrough 5/1 – Draw 29/10 – Chelsea 4/7 

Match Preview

Middlesbrough welcome Chelsea to the Riverside Stadium on Sunday afternoon in what has the makings of a game that could throw up a surprise result.

Before the international break, Boro had been enjoying a solid run of form, picking up six points from five games, including impressive draws against Arsenal and City.

Aitor Karanka knows his side have the capability of upsetting anyone this season. Middlesbrough are sitting 15th in the Premier League and are giving a good account of themselves on their return to the top flight.

Worryingly for Boro, they have not managed a positive result against Chelsea in their last six attempts, losing all of those games, what a time this would be to bring that run to an end.

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Chelsea were flying as they headed into the international break. Antonio Conte has seen his side win every league game (5) since switching to 3-4-3. Their 5-0 demolition of Everton last time out sent out a message to the rest of the title chasing sides.

The Blues haven’t conceded in those fives games and are now sitting second in the league. They will be seeing this as an opportunity to make it six wins in a row.

If history is anything to go by, this should be a routine win for Chelsea, not only have they won their last six in a row against Middlesbrough, they have also kept a clean sheet in all of those games.

The Chelsea squad has been hit by a few injuries in the last few weeks, which only heightens the importance of depth, something they have in abundance.

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Team News

Middlesbrough could be without three for the visit of Chelsea as James Husband, George Friend and Daniel Ayala are all doubts.

Chelsea’s main concern will be over the fitness of their two most important players this season, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, who both returned from the international carrying knocks. Conte will still be expecting to be without Kurt Zouma, Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Key Points

Middlesbrough’s last five: D/L/D/W/D

Chelsea’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Chelsea have won their last six games against Middlesbrough in all competitions.

Key Player: Pedro – The Chelsea winger has been completely revitalised under Conte. He is playing with the confidence that resulted in his move to the West Londoners. Pedro’s energy and ability to provide both goals and assists has caused trouble for opposition defenders this season and he will be looking to play a key role this weekend.

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Score Prediction

Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea – Boro to come unstuck against a Chelsea side who are expected to take all three points here. The Blues have shown a real togetherness under Conte and are relishing playing in the 3-4-3. Middlesbrough will be able to cause Chelsea problems, but given their defensive strength and energy in the side, they’d be forgiven for falling short here.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Middlesbrough vs Watford

Competition: Premier League – Middlesbrough vs. Watford

Venue: Riverside Stadium – Sunday, October 16 – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Middlesbrough 6/5 – Draw 11/5 – Watford 12/5

Match Preview

Middlesbrough welcome Watford to the Riverside on Sunday afternoon in a tie between two sides who will be desperate to pick up three points.

Boro are sitting in 16th, just two points above the bottom three. Although it is still early into the Premier League season, they will need to start picking up points consistently to put some distance between themselves and the relegation places.

The North-East club have had an inconsistent return to the league, they’ve won just once and have only picked up two points from their last five games.

Aitor Karanka’s side come into this one having drawn away at West Ham, a win in this one would do their confidence the world of good as normal service resumes after the international break.

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Watford have had a solid start to the season. However, their back-to-back wins against West Ham and United will soon quickly seem a long time ago if their winless run extends to three here.

Walter Mazzari’s side come into this one having drawn 2-2 with Bournemouth. A win here is a possible result and would take them to 11 points from eight games.

Watford could make their way into the top ten with a win and they have a great record against Boro coming into the tie as they’re undefeated in five.

The Hornets have been involved in some high scoring games of late, their last five games have produced 18 goals.

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Team News

Middlesbrough have three injury concerns heading into this one as Grant Leadbitter, James Husband and Fabio are all expected to miss out.

Watford could be without as many as six ahead of this one as Jerome Sinclair, Stefano Okaka and Daryl Janmaat are all expected to be out, while Craig Cathcart, Miguel Britos and Valon Behrami are all doubts.

Key Points

Middlesbrough’s last five: D/L/L/L/D

Watford’s last five: L/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: Watford are unbeaten in their last five games against Middlesbrough in all competitions.

Key Player: Troy Deeney – The Watford forward has netted three times this season. He will be looking to add to his tally this weekend and get on a strong run of form.

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Score Prediction

Middlesbrough 1-2 Watford – Another high-scoring game for Watford where they take all three points away from home. Middlesbrough will cause most of their opponents problems at home this season but as Watford have already proved in their opening seven games, they’re capable of winning on the road.

Aston Villa lining up summer move for Chelsea starlet – report

Aston Villa continue to be linked with names ahead of the summer transfer window as Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford is being linked with a loan move to Villa Park next season, according to the Daily Mail.

Bamford is currently on loan with Championship club Middlesbrough, where he has impressed this season, picking up the Championship Player of the Year award after netting an impressive 19 goals in all competitions.

The 21-year-old forward is unlikely to break into the Chelsea first-team next season and Jose Mourinho is thought to be willing to let him continue his development with a loan move to a Premier League club.

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Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for Bamford, but Aston Villa have now joined the race and Tim Sherwood’s influence could persuade the Chelsea youngster to make the move to the Midlands.

Sherwood has proven to be one of the best coaches in the country when it comes to getting the best out of his players, especially youngsters, and that could appeal to Bamford.

The Villains are fighting for their Premier League survival and also have an FA Cup final to look forward to against Arsenal at Wembley, but that has not halted any talk of possible summer arrivals.

Wolves winger Bakary Sako is reportedly set to join the club when his contract comes to an end in June, while Massimo Luongo is another reported target of Sherwood’s.

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Bamford has netted 19 times with eight assists in 43 appearances for Boro this season and looks ready for a chance to prove himself in the top flight.

Villa may need a striker if Christian Benteke is to leave this summer. Wolfsburg and Liverpool are the latest teams to be linked with the powerful Belgian, while Spurs and Manchester United have also been rumoured as possible destinations for the in-form frontman.

Would Patrick Bamford be a good signing for Aston Villa? Does he have a future at Chelsea?

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Middlesbrough

Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough – FA Cup Fifth Round

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, February 15th – 4:00PM

Match Odds: Arsenal 4/9 – Draw 7/2 – Middlesbrough 11/2

Arsenal take on Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup this weekend and the Championship side will travel to the Emirates with confidence despite this looking like a one-sided tie on the surface.

Middlesbrough currently sit at the top of the Championship and are well on track to gaining promotion back to the Premier League after a six-year absence.

Boro manager Aitor Karanka has seen his side win their last six games in all competitions, including that incredible 2-0 win at Manchester City in the fourth round of the competition, and the Championship leaders are now unbeaten in ten and boast the best defensive record in the Championship.

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They have lost just one of their last 19 in all competitions and travel to Arsenal in fine spirits, knowing another upset is a real possibility.

Arsenal will be aware of how good Middlesbrough have been this season and Arsene Wenger will have to make sure his side don’t take their foot off the pedal to ensure they reach the quarter-finals.

The Gunners are the favourites to win the competition and retain their trophy after Manchester City and Chelsea crashed out in the last round and Arsenal have a very strong home record in the FA Cup, having lost just one of their last 40 in the competition (W30 D9 L1)

Arsenal’s home record in all competitions: Played 18 – Won 12 – Drawn 4 – Lost 2

Arsenal beat Hull City 2-0 at home in the third round and then sealed a 3-2 victory at Brighton in the last round. Middlesbrough have yet to play at home in the FA Cup this season before the win at City they beat Barnsley 2-0 in the third round.

Middlesbrough’s away record in all competitions: Played 19 – Won 11 – Drawn 5 – Lost 3

The visitors will be without defenders Daniel Ayala, Damia (injuries) and Tomas Kalas (loan conditions) as well as midfielder Adam Forshaw (cup tied).

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Aaron Ramsey picked up an injury in Arsenal’s win against Leicester on Tuesday and joins Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Debuchy in the treatment room. Alexis Sanchez picked up a knock against Leicester and might not be risked while Jack Wilshere is back in training but this game could come too soon for the English midfielder.

This will be the eighth FA Cup tie between the two sides. Arsenal have won five of the previous seven and Middlesbrough two.

Arsenal’s last five in all competitions: W/W/W/L/W

Middlesbrough’s last five in all competitions: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Middlesbrough have only conceded one goal in their last six away games in all competitions.

Key Player: Olivier Giroud – The French forward has scored five goals with four assists in his 10 FA Cup appearances, including an assist in the last round at Brighton.

Score Prediction: Arsenal 1–1 Middlesbrough – Boro to remain solid and take this to a replay.

Middlesbrough defender Seb Hines set to seal move to Orlando City

Orlando City are close to adding the final piece of their defensive jigsaw as the Lions are finalising a loan move for Middlesbrough centre-back Seb Hines, according to the Orlando Sentinel’s Paul Tenorio.

Hines has been with Middlesbrough for the past nine years and has made 87 appearances in that time, scoring five times with four assists, but his contract with the current Championship leaders is set to expire at the end of the current season.

Orlando are prepared to take the 26-year-old Englishman on loan for six months, with the option to sign him for free when his contract with Middlesbrough expires at the end of June.

Hines spent time on loan with League One outfit Coventry City earlier in the current campaign and has only made three league appearances with Boro in 2014/15.

Orlando City’s general manager Paul McDonough revealed earlier this week that the Lions were set to add another defender, with Irishman Sean St Ledger currently on trial with the expansion franchise too.

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“We will be bringing over another English player from the Championship and giving him a full trial as well [as St Ledger]. He can play both at centre-back or on the right, so it’s perfectly possible we could sign both of them.”

The additions of St Ledger and Hines would give Orlando five recognised centre-backs for their debut campaign with Aurelien Collin, Tommy Redding and Conor Donovan already with the team.

Former MLS Cup MVP Collin is the first-choice at the back but St Ledger and Hines will be confident that they have what it takes to partner the experienced Frenchman.

Hines was born in England and has represented the national team at youth levels all the way up to the Under-19’s. Though he is also eligible to play for the US Men’s National Team as he father is an American citizen.

The deal for Hines has not been confirmed by Orlando City yet but an official announcement is expected to be made in the next 24 hours.

Will Seb Hines be a good signing for Orlando City?

Gallery: The best pictures from Saturday’s incredible FA Cup fourth round

The magic of the cup lives on. Some have questioned whether the FA Cup still had a sparkle to it, but the fourth round of the competition this weekend has proved that it is still the most incredible competition in English football.

Friday night’s shock set the tone as League 2 side Cambridge United held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw, forcing a replay at Old Trafford.

But Saturday’s round of fixtures went one better as Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham and Southampton were all eliminated from the FA Cup at home.

Here are some of the best pictures from a thrilling days action:

Chelsea 2–4 Bradford City

Premier League leaders Chelsea lost their first home game of the season to League One outfit Bradford City, despite going ahead 2-0 in front of their own fans. Bradford are 49 places lower than Chelsea in the English football pyramid but you wouldn’t have known as they produced what was arguably the biggest shock in FA Cup history by coming from two goals down away from home to win 4-2.

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Manchester City 0–2 Middlesbrough

An shock of equal proportions was seen in Manchester as the reigning Premier League champions lost at home to Championship side Middlesbrough. City dominated the first half but some incredible defending kept Boro in the game, before they went on to win it with two second-half strikes, leaving the home fans in disbelief.

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Blackburn Rovers 3–1 Swansea City

Another Championship side that overcame Premier League opposition were Blackburn Rovers, who progressed to the fifth round with a 3-1 win against a Swansea team that ended the game with nine men. The Swans poor run continues but Blackburn will be delighted with the result.

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Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 Leicester City

Leicester City gained revenge for their home defeat against Spurs on Boxing Day by knocking the eight-time winners out at White Hart Lane. An early Andros Townsend penalty looked set to send Tottenham through but two goals in seven minutes at the death ensured Leicester remained in the hat for the fifth round draw.

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Southampton 2–3 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace’s jaw dropping revival under Alan Pardew continued at Southampton as they came from behind twice to win the game 3-2. The Saints currently sit in third in the Premier League but their hopes of an FA Cup run are gone as the high flying Eagles soared on.

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Liverpool 0–0 Bolton Wanderers

Liverpool were held at home by Championship outfit Bolton and will face a tricky replay at the Macron Stadium now. The Reds produced several chances but an inspired defensive display from Bolton keeps them in the competition for now.

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