Manchester City’s Premier League procession heaps the pressure on their rivals in the FA Cup fifth round this weekend as Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham scramble for the season’s remaining silverware.
City — who have a historic quadruple in their sights — Chelsea and Spurs are strong favourites to reach the last eight as they face lower league opposition.
Jose Mourinho’s United travel to Huddersfield, where they were beaten earlier in the season, desperately seeking to rekindle their form after a shock defeat at Newcastle.
Chelsea’s defining month
Hull City’s visit to Stamford Bridge on Friday may be the calm before the storm for Chelsea, coming ahead of a “massive” few weeks for the English champions, according to manager Antonio Conte.
The pressure on the Italian was eased by a routine 3-0 win over West Brom on Monday, which took Chelsea back into the top four ahead of daunting visits to United and City in their next two league outings.
Either side of their trips north, Chelsea face Barcelona in a two-legged blockbuster Champions League last-16 tie.
Conte has welcomed the return to fitness of new signing Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata to give him…