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FA Cup QF draw: Man City, Man Utd avoid derby showdown

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Manchester City and Manchester United were handed what should be comfortable draws for the quarterfinal round of the 2018-19 FA Cup on Monday, with the only undesirable tie one that would have drawn the only two remaining giants together.

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The defending Premier League champions will travel to south Wales, where they’ll take on Championship side Swansea City the weekend beginning March 16. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side will travel to Molineux Stadium for what a should be a trickier, all-PL tie with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In the other all-PL matchup, Watford will host Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road. Brighton & Hove Albion will be away to the other remaining Championship side, Millwall.

Full FA Cup quarterfinals draw

Swansea City v. Manchester City
Watford v. Crystal Palace
Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Manchester United
Millwall v. Brighton & Hove Albion

Wolves reach FA Cup quarterfinals (video)

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Wolverhampton Wanderers are into the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time in 16 years, as Ivan Cavaleiro‘s first half goal was enough to edge the Premier League side past a spirited Bristol City on Sunday.

Second-tier Bristol City had several big chances in the second half but their run of nine-straight wins in all competitions came to an end as Nuno Espirito Santo‘s Wolves are now among the favorites to win the FA Cup.

The team who sit in seventh place in the Premier League continue their incredible season.

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After a bright start from Wolves at Ashton Gate, the home side forced their way back into the game and created plenty of chances.

But just as the home side got a foothold in the game, Wolves took the lead.

Conor Coady‘s fine long ball found Matt Doherty and he pulled it back for Cavaleiro to slot home down the center and past Frank Fielding.

Raul Jimenez and Doherty then combined moments later as the latter clipped the post with a deflected effort, then Leander Dendoncker forced Fielding into a solid stop as the Premier League side threatened to run away with things.

In the second half Bristol City battled their way back into the game as substitutes Marlon Pack and Matty Taylor made a big difference.

After a great run from Marcus Brownhill it was Taylor who almost nicked the ball past John Ruddy, while Pack forced Wolves’ goalkeeper into a save after his shot from distance.

At the other end Joao Moutinho clipped the crossbar after Fielding got fingertips to his effort, while Bristol pushed forward late on in search of an equalizer.

Morgan Gibbs-White was denied by Fielding late on as Bristol were wide-open to counters as they pushed forward, and they should have taken the game to extra time.

Ruddy tipped over a shot from Taylor, Pack then somehow skied over the bar from close-range and then Romain Saiss cleared off the line.

Wolves were let off the hook and reached the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time since 2003.

Live, FA Cup last 16: Wolves, Crystal Palace in action

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The FA Cup fifth round games continue Sunday, as two Premier League teams are in action.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers head to in-form second-tier side Bristol City looking to avoid an upset, as Lee Johnson’s Robins have won every single league game they’ve played in so far in 2019 (they’ve won nine-straight games in all competitions) as they sit in the playoff spots in the Championship. Bristol City also knocked out Huddersfield Town in the third round.

Crystal Palace also face a tricky test to reach the last eight, as they travel to third-tier Doncaster Rovers. Palace are without the suspended Wilfried Zaha and Doncaster, who are pushing for promotion to the second-tier, will fancy their chances of causing an upset.

In the other FA Cup game on Sunday, midtable second-tier teams Swansea and Brentford do battle for a spot in the last eight.

Below is the full schedule for the FA Cup games today, while you can click on the link above to follow all the action live.

Right here at Pro Soccer Talk we will have you covered with all of the latest from the FA Cup last 16 games.

Sunday’s FA Cup fifth round games

Bristol City v. Wolverhampton Wanderers – 8 a.m. ET kick off
Doncaster Rovers v. Crystal Palace – 11 a.m. ET kick off
Swansea City v. Brentford – 11 a.m. ET kick off

Late Boly goal saves Wolves in draw with Newcastle (video)

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  • Willy Boly‘s 95th minute header earned a draw for Wolves
  • Newcastle sit just one point above the relegation zone
  • Miguel Almiron made his Newcastle debut

Willy Boly saved the day for Wolverhampton Wanderers at home as they drew, 1-1 with Newcastle on Monday evening. The tall French centerback rose highest to head home a dramatic mistake from Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the fifth minute of extra time, saving a point for Wolves and denying the Magpies three vital points for the second consecutive match.

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With the draw, Newcastle sit just one point above Southampton and the relegation zone, with 25 points from 26 games.

Wolves meanwhile are in seventh place, with 39 points on the season.

Earlier in the second half, Isaac Hayden put Newcastle up front with a blast of a strike that Rui Patricio couldn’t keep out, and it seemed Newcastle were well on their way to victory against a Wolves side that seemed to be missing that cutting edge. Newcastle were later boosted offensively by the introduction of record signing from Atlanta United, Miguel Almiron, off the bench in the 72nd minute.

In the first half, Wolves certainly had more thrust and attacking vigor, working Newcastle’s right and left side early and often. However, the Magpies were resolute defensively, including the U.S. Men’s National Team’s DeAndre Yedlin at right back. Neither side was able to create too much on goal, but it seemed like whichever team tired or made the mistake first would be punished.

That happened when Wolves fell asleep in the 56th minute. Fabian Schär has acres of space to run into, and his through ball on the ground found the midfielder Hayden advancing into the box. Hayden fired on goal and perhaps surprised Patricio, scoring inside the near post to give Newcastle a lead.

With Almiron on, it seemed as if Newcastle may add to the lead. Almiron showed no fear in running at the Wolves defense but clearly isn’t at his sharpest after two months without a game.

However, it was a crucial mistake in the game’s final moments that saved a point for Wolves and stole two from Newcastle. Manager Rafa Benitez might rue this moment should Newcastle go down, missing out on four of the last six points available due to goalkeeper errors.

Watch Live: Wolves v. Newcastle

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Wolves host Newcastle United on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with the hosts aiming to stay ahead in the race for seventh place.

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Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side are enjoying their first season back in the Premier League, and they are comfortably the ‘best of the rest’ so far. As for Newcastle and Rafael Benitez, they’ve picked up some big wins in recent weeks but are still embroiled in the relegation battle.

In team news Wolves name the same starting lineup which beat Everton last weekend, with Mexico’s Raul Jimenez leading the line.

Newcastle have club-record signing Miguel Almiron on the bench with the Paraguayan in line for his Premier League debut.


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