The FA Cup quarter-finals draw is now complete with matches taking place between March 17-18th. Swansea would have been hoping for a kinder draw than Spurs after their superb run since new manager Carvalhal took over the reins, but they at least have the advantage of home soil. Manchester United will be happy with their draw as they face Brighton at Old Trafford, Leicester have a winnable home tie against out of sorts Chelsea and Wigan, who heroically knocked out Manchester City 1-0 will be happy with their draw as they face struggling Southampton at the Liberty Stadium.
The ‘Beast from the East’ weather conditions have wreaked havoc all across the UK this week and it’s effects are more than likely to disrupt this weekends domestic football action. Premier League clubs and those bigger one’s with under soil heating and the resources to clear snow should be able to cope as the weather conditions are forecast to improve by the weekend. However, EFL Championship, League One and Two clubs who are at home this weekend and who don’t have the luxury of under soil heating may need to postpone games if the safety of players and fans is at risk, especially if conditions outside the grounds and for those travelling to games are deemed to be to risky from a health and safety perspective.
The forecast traditional Friday night Championship fixture between Middlesbrough and Leeds at the Riverside is still on as of Thursday, but with temperatures still forecast to be below zero and with snow forecast for today there is still a chance the game could be postponed, and hopefully for fans sake the club will make the decision sooner rather than later.
Burnley and Everton commence the Premier League action tomorrow with the traditional lunch-time kick-off at Turf Moor. I expect it should be a tight, low-scoring affair and I see Burnley nicking this one 1-0 or 2-0. I also see Swansea and Watford making home advantage count against West Ham and West Brom respectively.