GLEN JOHNSON: BETDAQ Brand Ambassador Glen Johnson explains why Liverpool won’t be taking the FA Cup for granted and why it could be the end of the road for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as he previews the fourth round matches this weekend.
LIVERPOOL ON VERGE OF HISTORY
Liverpool just seem to keep on going and going, and after another impressive win against Wolves in midweek they are now chasing records on top of having the Premier League title within their grasp. They are still on course to break Arsenal’s record of 49 unbeaten matches and be the first team in over 15 years to go a season unbeaten.
It’s Shrewsbury next in the FA Cup, and I can’t see them getting complacent. Jurgen Klopp may play some of his younger players again for this one, but they proved against Everton in the last round that they can cope with the pressure on the big stage.
While they won’t be thinking of the records just yet, they will want to fight for every trophy they possibly can. With the Premier League all but sewn up, they can afford to push for FA Cup and Champions League glory.
It’s probably too early to think about replicating Manchester United’s feat in 1999 of winning all three of those trophies, but this team are more than capable of winning a treble.
THINGS GOING FROM BAD TO WORSE FOR OLE
I’ve said recently that this might be the worst Manchester United team I’ve ever seen, but the loss to Burnley at home still surprised me and it shows that things are going from bad to worse at Old Trafford.
It’s hard to see where they go from here as so many players aren’t performing, and it feels like there needs to be changes from top to bottom at the club. Fans are voicing their displeasure, and it could be a matter of time before more fans call for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to go.
I don’t like calling for managers to be sacked, but there are some world class coaches available and probably willing to step into the job at United. That will be on the mind of Ed Woodward and the board for sure, so it’ll be an interesting few weeks there.
FA CUP MAGIC STILL THERE
I don’t like when people say the FA Cup isn’t what it used to be. I won it with Portsmouth, and it ranks highly in the list of my achievements in my career.
It’s a chance for there to be big upsets and you can see what it means to supporters and smaller clubs when they have that David v Goliath moment and knock out a ‘big’ club to progress to the next round.
With a few all-Premier League ties this weekend, it’s a chance for teams outside of the top-flight to go on and stake their claim for a chance of a dream visit to Wembley at the end of the season.
WEEKLY ACCA PREDICTIONS
Here are my weekly accumulator selections, where I fancy Liverpool, Southampton, Chelsea and Manchester City to book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
⚽ Shrewsbury 0-4 Liverpool
⚽ Southampton 2-1 Tottenham
⚽ Hull 1-3 Chelsea
⚽ Manchester City 3-0 Fulham
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