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PENS: Blackburn 0-1 Newcastle

Fabian Schar steps up first for Newcastle… and he rolls it calmly to Pers’ left and sends him the wrong way.

EXTRA-TIME FULL-TIME: Blackburn 1-1 Newcastle

After 120 minutes of exhilarating football, it is going to be decided by penalties.

This is the best way to win, and the worst way to lose. You don’t get this from replays, I absolutely love it.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love replays, just penalties more.

Harvey Barnes of Newcastle United reacts to a miss chance on goal, during the Emirates FA Cup 5th Round match Blackburn Rovers vs Newcastle United at Ewood Park, Blackburn, United Kingdom, 27th February 2024(Photo by Cody Froggatt/News Images)

Dominant City at Kenilworth Road

Nobody is going to want to face Man City in the quarter-final.

Although they are a spectacular side anyway, that is the best performance I have seen from them in a while.

Here is the breakdown of stats from the game. As you can see, City dominated all over the park.

However, Luton showed a lot of fight and their attacking prowess. They were just naive defensively.

WATCH: Fatawu wins it for Leicester

Leicester fans, I’ve made you wait long enough.

Abdul Fatawu’s winner for Leicester is a sight to behold, what an effort.

It’s a goal worthy of winning any game. It was the moment of magic that was needed.

WHAT A BLOCK! Blackburn 1-1 Newcastle

Newcastle just have to score. It’s a brilliant block by Wharton, but Bruno Guimaraes should have finished that move off.

The ball then falls to Harvey Barnes who spurns wide with the goal gaping.

I can’t believe this is still 1-1, neither can Eddie Howe.

This extra-time has been phenomenal, you can’t keep your eyes off it.

Haaland’s five-star performance

I think these stats speak for themselves.

Erling Haaland was unstoppable tonight. He netted five goals from seven shots on target.

He even missed two other chances, so maybe he wasn’t even that good…

Not bad preparation for the Manchester derby, are you worried Man United fans?

EXTRA-TIME SECOND HALF: Blackburn 1-1 Newcastle

15 more minutes, will there be more goals?

Even if there isn’t, this has been an exceptional game, both sides have gone for it and neither deserves to lose.

One will have to though, who will it be?

EXTRA-TIME HALF-TIME: Blackburn 1-1 Newcastle

How are Newcastle not ahead? Aynsley Pears, that’s why.

The Blackburn keeper has kept Rovers in this game with some incredible saves.

It just makes you think, will it be Newcastle’s day? They have 15 more minutes to make it theirs.

DOUBLE SAVE! Blackburn 1-1 Newcastle

How has Aynsley Pears kept the scores level, it is unbelievable goalkeeping.

Both Sean Longstaff and Anthony Gordon have chances from inside the area that Pears somehow gets his hands too.

They should both score, will they regret it?

Erling Haaland: ‘I think we (Haaland and KDB) know what we both want from each other’

Erling Haaland, speaking to ITV:

We made a plan and everyone stuck to it perfectly. We did well and kept the ball. Well played by everyone.

On his relationship with Kevin De Bruyne:

I think we know what we both want from each other and we look at each other throughout the game often. It clicks well. He’s a smart guy and I like to play with smart guys.

EXTRA-TIME FULL-TIME: Bournemouth 0-1 Leicester

Abdu Fatawu’s 106th-minute winner in extra-time is the difference at the Vitality, and what a cracker of a strike it was.

It wasn’t the best watch, but the Foxes won’t care, they are the second Championship side to make it to the last eight.

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EXTRA-TIME: Blackburn 1-1 Newcastle

Tino Livramento comes on for Kieran Tripper for Newcastle.

This is going to be an absolute battle.

Who is going to come out on top?

FULL-TIME: Blackburn 1-1 Newcastle

It ends level, you know what that means!

This game has been incredible, so many chances. There could have been many more goals.

Blackburn’s Sammie Szmodics took his goal tally in the competition to six to deny Newcastle the victory after Anthony Gordon’s opener.

They deserved it, they were the better side. I think they will be the more likely side to win this in extra-time.

I bet they won’t, now I said that!

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Aynsley Pears of Blackburn Rovers saves from /n10  during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United at Ewood Park on February 27, 2024 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

FULL-TIME: Luton 2-6 Man City

Well, that was simply sensational. Six goals for Manchester City, five from Haaland, and our assists for Keven De Buryne.

City were at their very best tonight and Luton could not cope with it, I’m not sure many teams in the world would have been.

Jordan Clark netted twice to bring it back to 3-2 and give the Hatters hope, but City just motored away from them in the second half.

The treble is still a possibility…

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Luton 2-6 Man City

They aren’t content with the six goals, they want more, and they nearly get another through substitute Julian Alverez.

His bending effort stings the palms of Tim Krul.

EXTRA-TIME SECOND HALF: Bournemouth 0-1 Leicester

They didn’t have long to take a break.

Pretty much straight back into it. Bournemouth have 15 minutes to find an equaliser.

It will go to penalties if they do, which we all love!

EXTRA-TIME HALF-TIME: Bournemouth 0-1 Leicester

The goal is the last action of the first half of extra time.

The players look out on their feet, on both sides. It could be a tough second period for them.

Can Bournemouth find a way back?

GOAL!!! Bournemouth 0-1 Leicester (Fatawu 106′)

This game needed a moment of magic, and oh boy has it got it. Abdu Fatawu has just scored an absolute screamer for Leicester to break the deadlock.

He let’s fly from around 25 yards out and it beats the fingertips of Mark travers and goes into the top corner.

Hige goal, and that could be the moment that sends the 2021 winners into the last eight.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Abdul Fatawu of Leicester City scores his team's first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City at Vitality Stadium on February 27, 2024 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Abdul Fatawu of Leicester City celebrates with Conor Coady of Leicester City after scoring his team's first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City at Vitality Stadium on February 27, 2024 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Luton 2-6 Man City

Jeremy Doku comes close to a seventh for City.

He does what he does best, turning the Luton defence inside out, but his effort is fired over the bar.

That is certainly the past of his game that he needs to work on, his finishing.

At least it doesn’t really matter in this one.

GOAL!!! Blackburn 1-1 Newcastle (Szmodics 79′)

Blackburn haven’t given up all night and they finally get their goal. It just had to be Sammie Szmodics, the competition’s outright top scorer.

Mankaday stings the crossbar with a brilliant effort and it falls into the path of the Rovers number eight for him to smash home.

Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United - Ewood Park, Blackburn, Britain - February 27, 2024 Blackburn Rovers' Sammie Szmodics scores their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith
Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United - Ewood Park, Blackburn, Britain - February 27, 2024 Blackburn Rovers' Sammie Szmodics celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

GOAL!!! Luton 2-6 Man City (Kovacic 72′)

This time it’s not Erling Haaland, but it is another great finish from Manchester City, Mateo Kovacic with it.

I do think that Tim Krul could do better to stop the dipping effort, as it flies close to his body, but maybe I am being too harsh.

I reckon City could still get a few more here. They have been ruthless tonight.

Blackburn 0-1 Newcastle

After missing a huge chance only moments earlier, Anthony Gordon kept his coll this time around.

It’s a great goal, and you feel they may get another soon if they keep up the pressure.

GOAL!!! Blackburn 0-1 Newcastle (Gordon 71′)

Anthony Gordon finds the breakthrough.

Newcastle has just started to go through the gears, and they have found their opener through Gordon.

Miguel Almiron does well on the right-hand side before cutting it back to the number 10 for him to slide calmly home.

That is a huge goal for the Magpies, the away end goes wild!

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BIG CHANCES! Luton 2-5 Man City

Luton have just had three chances in the space of a minute.

The Hatters are not done in this one, they just never give up do they.

Ross Barkley has the first and is denied by a good finger-tip save by Stefan Ortega’s before Tahith Chong goes close after a corner.

SUBSTITUTION: Luton 2-5 Man City

It’s a double change for the Hatters.

Daiki Hashioka comes on for his debut for Chiedozie Ogbene while the goalscorer Jordan Clark also comes off as Mpanzu comes on in his place.

FULL-TIME: Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester

You could probably tell by the lack of updates that this has not been the best of games.

Unfortunately, we have to endure another 30 minutes of it.

Can either side find a winner?

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GOAL!!! Luton 2-5 Man City (Haaland 58′)

Erling Haaland has five at Kenilworth Road. This time he is not assisted by Kevin De Bruyne, but Bernardo Silva instead.

It’s a bit of a different goal this time, he shoots from distance and it squeezes under the body of Tim Krul.

The Dutch goalkeeper should do better but don’t take anything away from Haaland.

This is a masterclass in finishing.

Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Luton Town v Manchester City - Kenilworth Road, Luton, Britain - February 27, 2024 Manchester City's Erling Braut Haaland scores their fifth goal Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
LUTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Erling Haaland of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Luton Town and Manchester City at Kenilworth Road on February 27, 2024 in Luton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

GOAL!!! Luton 2-4 Man City (Haaland 55′)

It’s a fourth of the night for Erling Haaland, and you will never guess who got the assist for this one. Yes, It was Kevin De Buryne.

These two have some sort of telepathic connection. De Bruyne gets in again and slides it across to Haaland for a tap-in.

We thought we had a game on for three minutes.

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GOAL!!! Luton 2-3 Man City (Clark 52′)

It’s Jordan Clark at the double, and it’s another fantastic finish, but Manchester City will be kicking themselves with that one.

They failed to clear their lines, and Ross Barkley clips it through to Clark who smashes it into the back of the net.

Kenilworth Road always seems to bring magical games and comebacks, is this another one.

I can’t believe what is happening here!

LUTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Jordan Clark of Luton Town scores his team's second goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Luton Town and Manchester City at Kenilworth Road on February 27, 2024 in Luton, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Luton 1-3 Man City

Manchester City start the second period how they played in most of the first, on the front foot.

This time it’s Matheus Nunes who breaks free of his marker, but as he is falling over his effort is stopped well by Tim Krul.

There is so much space behind Luton, Man City are having a field day.

SECOND HALF: Luton 1-3 Man City

Well, we are going again in Bedfordshire.

All you can hear is the Manchester City fans in that corner, they have been brilliant tonight – truly enjoying their night out.

I’m not surprised they are, City have been fantastic today, will it continue after the break?

Luton Town's English striker #09 Carlton Morris fights for the ball with Manchester City's Croatian midfielder #08 Mateo Kovacic during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Luton Town and Manchester City at Kenilworth Road stadium in Luton, central England, on February 27, 2024. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

SECOND HALF: Blackburn 0-0 Newcastle

Ewood Park is very loud, they are trying to push their team on.

John Eustace will want to see his side fly out of the traps in this second half and build on their good work in the first.

However, Newcastle will have something to say about that.

Kieran Gill: ‘Three goals for Haaland, all assisted by De Bruyne the most inevitable dangerous duo in football right now?’

Kieran Gill at Kenilworth Road:

Not the worst way to warm up for Manchester United. Three goals for Haaland, all assisted by De Bruyne the most inevitable dangerous duo in football right now?

Hard to suggest otherwise. Have to feel for Grealish. Looks distraught when he went off injured.

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Roy Keane: ‘You feel for Jack (Grealish) at this time of the season – you can see his reaction’

Roy Keane, speaking on ITV:

You feel for Jack (Grealish) at this time of the season  – you can see his reaction.

Whatever you say about Jack is that he definitely loves the game. I worked with him for a short time at Villa and he loves the game. that’s a set back for him and for City.

WATCH: Clark’s screamer pulls a goal back for Luton

Luton might be losing, but Jordan Clark’s goal was the pick of the bunch.

It was Clark’s first of the season, and he did it in some style. No goalkeeper in the world is stopping that.

I wish I could hit a ball like that – only in my dreams.

Haaland x De Bruyne

Erl9ing Haaland and Kevin De Buryne have been a joy to watch.

They haven’t been able to play loads together this season, and you wonder if they had, how much better would Man City have been this campaign.

Manchester City's Norwegian striker #09 Erling Haaland (R) celebrates with Manchester City's Belgian midfielder #17 Kevin De Bruyne (L) after scoring his team first goal during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Luton Town and Manchester City at Kenilworth Road stadium in Luton, central England, on February 27, 2024. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

HALF-TIME: Luton 1-3 Man City

Well, what a fantastic half of FA Cup football.

That was Manchester City at their scintillating best. When Erling Haaland and Kevin De Buryne are in that mood, no one can stop them.

Both have got hat-tricks in this match, goals for Haaland and assists for De Buryne. All in a very similar fashion.

However, an absolute screamer from Jordan Clark on the stroke of half-time has given Pep Guardiola and his team something to think about.

The half also saw Jack Grealish have to come off due to injury, nothing is going his way this season is it.

HALF-TIME: Blackburn 0-0 Newcastle

For a 0-0, this has been a brilliant contest.

Blackburn have shown they can give it to the best of them, Sammie Szmodics coming closest to an opener for them.

Newcastle gave it back too, but couldn’t break the deadlock.

There is surely going to be a goal in this one, I hope there is.

GOAL!!! Luton 1-3 Man City (Clark 45′)

That came out of absolutely nowhere, Joran Clark has just smashed in an effort into the top corner from around 30 yards out.

He gets it out of his feet and it dips and swerves into the net. An unbelievable strike.

That gives Pep Guardiola something to think about, it’s not over yet.

GOAL!!! Luton 0-3 Man City (Haaland 40′)

Erling Haaland has a first-half hat-trick, Luton Town haven’t learned their lesson throughout this first-half.

He gets through one-on-one again, and you know the rest, he dinks it past Tim Krul for a third time this evening.

He has doubled his FA Cup goal tally in one night. He is simply ridiculous.

How many more can he get? It feels like if he just keeps making that run he could score another three.

However, I feel Pep Guardiola might want to give him a rest.

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SUBSTITUTION: Luton 0-2 Man City

You have to feel for Jack Grealish, he looks distraught.

The English midfielder has endured a tough season and it has just got worse, he has pulled up with a problem. Jeremy Doku comes on for him.

Grealish slumps onto the bench and covers his face with a training shirt.

It’s been a really hard season for him.

LUTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Jack Grealish of Manchester City reacts after being substituted after picking up an injury during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Luton Town and Manchester City at Kenilworth Road on February 27, 2024 in Luton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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SUBSTITUTION: Luton 0-2 Man City

Amari’i Bell has been limping for a while now, and Joe Johnson is coming on in his place.

Johnson was born in 2006!

What were you doing in that year, I was in year two in primary school.

SECOND-HALF: Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester

The second-half has got going at the Vitality Stadium.

Neither side will want a replay, so you feel like there is going to be a lot of attacking threat coming from both sides in this second period.

Blackburn 0-0 Newcastle

This game has been end-to-end.

Firstly, Blackburn come close to an opener through Tyrhys Dolan, as he forces Martin Dubravka into a strong save.

At the other end, Sean Longstaff has a pop from a narrow-angle, but it is saved well.

I feel that a goal isn’t too far away in this one.

DOUBLE SAVE! Luton 0-2 Man City

Both Kevin De Buryne and Erling Haaland are involved once again.

The Belgian midfielder latches onto a ball over the top and hits a spectacular volley which is saved well by Tim Krul.

However, the ball comes into the path of Haaland, who you’d expect to score, but he sends the rebound straight at Krul.

There is no way the Norweigan striker won’t net a hat-trick tonight, surely?

Luton Town's Dutch goalkeeper #23 Tim Krull (L) jumps for the ball in front of Luton Town's Jamaican defender #29 Amari'i Bell during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Luton Town and Manchester City at Kenilworth Road stadium in Luton, central England, on February 27, 2024. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Luton 0-2 Man City

I thought Erling Haaland was about to grab his hat-trick.

However, after being sent through once again, Tim Krul manages to smother the City striker’s effort.

City are playing some superb football tonight.

The way this is going, Haaland could be the competition’s top scorer by the end of the night.

Luton 0-2 Man City

Kevin De Bruyne is enjoying himself out there.

he is running the Luton defence ragged, he certainly doesn’t look like he is having any problems with his hamstring, that’s for sure.

The City fans are enjoying his performance, and they are going through a full repertoire of songs.

It’s very enjoyable to listen to, well, if you’re not a Luton fan.

HALF-TIME: Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester

The half-time whistle blows at the vitality and its honours even on the south coast, so far.

Both sides have had their chances, but neither could make them count.

The best chance came just before the break, as Luis Sinisterra saw his goal-bound effort cleared.

Let’s hope there is more to come in the second period.

Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fifth Round - AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Britain - February 27, 2024 Leicester City's Callum Doyle in action with AFC Bournemouth's Enes Unal Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

GOAL!!! Luton 0-2 Man City (Haaland 18′)

It’s two for Erling Haaland, two assists for Kevin De Bruyne, and two goals for Man City.

That’s his second FA Cup goal of the season and it has come within the first 18 minutes of his first appearance in the competition this season.

It starts with Stefan Ortega in goal, he fins Erling Haaland who holds the ball up before passing back to De Bruyne.

The Belgian playmaker then sends the striker through and he slides it under Tim Krul.

He was never going to miss.

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LUTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Erling Haaland of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Luton Town and Manchester City at Kenilworth Road on February 27, 2024 in Luton, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Luton 0-1 Man City

Jack Grealish is getting involved, just what Pep Guardiola wanted to see.

This time he has a pop from distance that Tim Krul holds on to easily.

I think he could have done a bit better there, but he definitely has a bit of swagger about him, so far.

Luton 0-1 Man City

That was a nearly moment for the visitors.

There is some nice interplay between Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish before the latter tries to slide the striker in, however, it is intercepted.

That was a couple inches away from Haaland being through. We all know what would have happened if he had been.

The Norweigan striker’s movement truly is incredible.

Luton 0-1 Man City

We know Luton don’t lie down easily, and they have responded well to going a goal down.

Carlton Morris has had two decent chances in the last two minutes, but he could not get a good connection on either cross that was aimed at him.

Positive signs for the Hatters, the crowd responds!

Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Luton Town v Manchester City - Kenilworth Road, Luton, Britain - February 27, 2024 Manchester City's Manuel Akanji in action with Luton Town's Carlton Morris Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

GOAL!!! Luton 0-1 Man City (Haaland 4′)

That is exactly the reason why Pep Guardiola decided to start Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne. They combine to give City the lead.

De Bruyne is sent through on the lefthand side in loads of space, he picks out Haaland in the middle to slam home from close range.

Exactly the start they would have wanted, it has sucked the atmosphere out of Kenilworth Road.

Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Luton Town v Manchester City - Kenilworth Road, Luton, Britain - February 27, 2024 Manchester City's Erling Braut Haaland scores their first goal REUTERS/David Klein
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KICK-OFF: Blackburn 0-0 Newcastle

It may be 15 minutes late, but the ball is rolling at Ewood Park.

Blackburn are looking to secure their first win over Newcastle in the FA Cup in six attempts, while Newcastle will be keen to bounce back from disappointment at Arsenal.

The atmosphere is absolutely rocking in Lancashire.

Who will come out on top?

KICK-OFF: Luton 0-0 Man City

Here we go then. Kenilworth Road is ready, I am ready, are you ready?

There are hugs between Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley before the game – Roy Kean doesn’t approve.

The friendliness stops now though, the match is underway.

Rob Edwards said they would put the pressure on Manchester City, let’s see how they start here.

I’m surprised Kyle Walker is having to cool himself down, it’s not exactly warm out there!

Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Luton Town v Manchester City - Kenilworth Road, Luton, Britain - February 27, 2024 Manchester City's Kyle Walker before the match Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Rob Edwards: ‘I want to give our fans something to shout about’

Rob Edwards pre-match, speaking to ITV:

It’s a huge test for us. Manchester City are so fluid now. We were of hoping he (John Stones) wasn’t going to play tonight.

We have got a plan, we will see if it works. We have to commit to what we do. We are going to be aggressive and try and press. I want to give our fans something to shout about.

Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester

Enes Unal showed some good movement there.

The Cherries full-debutant just checked his run at the right time before holding back to receive the ball in bucket-loads of space inside the area.

He could have shown more composure though, he rushes his shot and it is clearled comfortably just in front of the line.

Roy Keane: ‘Manchester City know how to win these games’

Roy Keane, speaking on ITV:

Luton’s priority is to stay in the Premier League. They need the feel-good factor back. Manchester City know how to win these games.

The amount of games they have coming up won’t bother them. The players who are coming in are of pure quality.

Pep throws hand grenades at his own dressing room. He knows how to keep his players on edge.

Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester

Leicester have arguably been the better side in the opening 15 minutes.

Tom Cannon is causing the Cherries’ backline some problems and he got in behind there before his shot from a tight angle was squirmed away by Mark Travers.

However, the offside flag goes up in the end anyway.

A positive start from the Championship leaders.

Bournemouth's Illya Zabarnyi and Leicester City's Tom Cannon (left) battle for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup fifth round match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. Picture date: Tuesday February 27, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Bournemouth. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Blackburn v Newcastle delayed to 8pm kick-off

We have some news from Blackburn v Newcastle.

The game has been delayed by 15 minutes to allow fans more time to get into Ewood Park.

The new kick-off time is 20:00 GMT.

What is Haaland saying here?

Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish look like they are having a good giggle in the warm-up.

What do you think the Norweigan striker is saying?

My guess is: ‘Just whip it into a good area and I’ll bag loads of goals’

These two could be a dangerous combination tonight!

Manchester City's Norwegian striker #09 Erling Haaland (R) speaks with Manchester City's English midfielder #10 Jack Grealish (R) prior to the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Luton Town and Manchester City at Kenilworth Road stadium in Luton, central England, on February 27, 2024. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

KICK-OFF: Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester

We are underway on the south coast.

There is a proper cup atmosphere at the Vitality Stadium, I even started humming to some of the songs.

Let’s see if Leicester’s Premier league audition is a good one.

Predictions?

Right, Bournemouth v Leicester gets underway in just under five minutes, so I think it’s time to get your predictions in.

Can a much-changed Leicester side topple Bournemouth? Can Blackburn heap more misery on Eddie Howe’s Newcastle? Will Luton mount a shock over a strong City side?

It’s sure to be another brilliant night of football.

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Luton v Manchester City head-to-head

On paper, it looks like it should be an easy night’s work for Man City, but that’s not how football works is it.

City have not lost to Luton Town since November 1988 – that’s 12 years before I was born…

To be fair to the Hatters, they have only played City nine times in the years that have followed. The Citizens’ 2-1 win at Kenilworth Road earlier this season was the first time the two had faced off in 24 years.

So, although it might seem like Man City should be the favourites, form goes out the window in the FA Cup, look what happened when Pep Guardiola’s centurions met Wigan Athletic in 2018…

Luton Town's Elijah Adebayo (left) scores their side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Kenilworth Road, Luton. Picture date: Sunday December 10, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Luton. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Kieran Gill: ‘Surprised Guardiola has gone so strong, but it’s another trophy up for grabs’

Kieran Gill at Kenilworth Road:

Pep Guardiola has gone stronger than we thought. Erling Haaland. Kevin De Bruyne. Bernardo Silva. Jack Grealish. John Stones. So many world-beaters.

Season-defining series of games coming up for City – Luton (FA Cup), Manchester United (Premier League), Copenhagen (Champions League), Liverpool, Brighton, Arsenal, Aston Villa (all Premier League). Blimey.

Surprised Guardiola has gone so strong, but it’s another trophy up for grabs.

Haaland in the house

I must admit, I was anticipating that Erling Haaland would start tonight.

The FA Cup is sometimes a chance for some of the fringe players to get some game time, but Pep Guardiola is going for it tonight.

This is to be the Norweigan’s first start in the FA Cup this season, and he has only made four appearances in the competition since joining City.

He has scored 3 goals in those games though, and he will want some more tonight.

Erling Haland (9) of Manchester City arrives for the FA Cup match between Luton Town and Manchester City at Kenilworth Road, Luton, England on 27 February 2024. Photo by David Horn.

Pep Guardiola: ‘Nothing has changed. It’s just the way he (Jack Grealish) has performed’

The big news tonight is that Jack Grealish starts for Manchester City.

Grealish could walk on water last season, however, this season he has been struggling to stay afloat.

The English midfielder hasn’t quite found the form that saw him play a key part in Manchester City’s treble last season, he has only five goal contributions from 26 appearances this season.

Pep Guardiola has often turned to summer signing Jeremy Doku to play off the left this season, while Matheus Nunes started there in their win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

However, the Catalan boss is keen for Grealish to return to form, maybe tonight could be the catalyst for that – he did net against them in the Premier League back in December.

Hopefully, he can make the impact he had last season. It depends on him. I try to be fair in my decision.

He played lots of minutes last season, and this season less in the beginning. He is the same player, he has the same manager, and the way we play has not changed.’

Nothing has changed. It’s just the way he has performed. That’s the difference. I said from day one: we need him, he has a special quality for our team. We need him. It depends on him. Hopefully he can do a good last three months.

Manchester City's Jack Grealish (left) and manager Pep Guardiola celebrate victory after the final whistle in the Premier League match at Kenilworth Road, Luton. Picture date: Sunday December 10, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Luton. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Man City starting XI – Grealish starts

There is no holding back from Pep Guardiola tonight, he is starting the big guns.

Jack Grealish has been given his chance, while Erling Haaland starts up top.

Look at that bench as well… so much talent.

Luton starting XI – Edwards makes three changes

I was wondering what type of side Rob Edwards was going to put out, but he has decided to go for it.

Tim Krul starts for the Hatters, but the Luton boss has only made two outfield changes.

Those are Jordan Clark and Reece Burke.

Luton’s road to the fifth round

Tonight, Luton are bidding to make their first FA Cup quarter-final in 30 years.

To put that in perspective, in that same year, 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. So, it’s been a very long time.

Well, they are just one game away from repeating that feat in 2024, so how did they get here?

In the third round, it took a replay for the Hatters to defeat League One side Bolton Wanderers, however, they did not ned that in the fourth round against Everton.

Cauley Woodrow netted a stoppage-time winner at Goodison Park to secure their second 2-1 win over the Toffees this season and set up the tie with Manchester City.

Will there be more late drama today?

I do love a bit of drama, so I hope so!

Newcastle starting XI – Willock starts

Newcastle are looking to bounce back from their 4-1 defeat against Arsenal in the league, and this is who Eddi Howe has picked to do that.

Joe Willock who scored the consolation goal against his former club comes into the line-up, while Jacob Murphy joins him.

That is still a rather strong team – you’d expect them to get the win.

Blackburn Rovers starting XI – two changes

Blackburn are going for it tonight.

John Eustace has made just the two changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Norwich City.

Joint Fa Cup top scorer Sammie Szmodics starts for Rovers, he has scored five goals in the competition so far, including a hat-trick in the third round against Cambridge United.

Can he grab some more goals tonight?

Blackburn get no love from Newcastle

Blackburn and Newcastle, I remember when these two used to tussle in the Premier League… those were the days.

When Blackburn got through to the fifth round after dominating Wrexham 4-1, they would have been extremely happy, then they would have remembered they set up a tie with Newcastle.

Rovers’ record against Newcastle in the FA Cup is, let’s just say, unsatisfactory. Newcastle have eliminated them seven times out of their last nine FA Cup ties.

Five of those seven wins have come in their last five FA Cup meetings, including a 4-2 away win in a third-round replay in 2018-19.

I say it a lot in these blogs, but records are there to be broken. Whenever stats are mentioned before a game, I always feel they act as a jinx.

Blackburn will be hoping that they work in their favour tonight.

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United - Ewood Park, Blackburn, Britain - January 15, 2019   Newcastle United's Sean Longstaff scores their first goal    REUTERS/Andrew Yates
Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United - Ewood Park, Blackburn, Britain - January 15, 2019   Newcastle United's Sean Longstaff celebrates scoring their first goal with Jacob Murphy    REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Leicester starting XI – Marseca makes NINE changes

Well, I said it was an audition for Leicester, but maybe Enzo Marseca does not see it the same way – he makes nine changes.

Only Jannik Vestergaard and Hamza Choudhury keep their place in the side after their 3-1 loss away at Leeds United last week.

Tom Cannon is trusted to lead the line while Marc Albrighton captains the side.

Do you think this team is strong enough, Leicester fans?

Bournemouth starting XI – Unal makes first start

Let’s have a look at how the Cherries line-up in the 19:30 GMT kick-off.

They have made six changes from the side that was narrowly beaten by manchester city in the league last weekend.

Enes Unal comes in to make his full debut for the club, while Mark Travers is another standout change, replacing Neto in goal.

While they have made a lot of changes, this still feels like a strong side.

Leicester’s Premier League audition at Bournemouth

Leicester have so much Premier League quality, and are on course for a return to the top-flight after just one season away, but are they ready?

I believe they are. They are six points clear at the top of the Championship and are a joy to watch under Enzo Maresca, and tonight is a chance to prove what they can do against Premier League opposition.

Bournemouth are no easy task, they caused Manchester City several problems in their narrow loss at the weekend and are a match for anybody on their day.

Tonight is unfamiliar territory for both sides, they have never faced each other before in the FA Cup, however, The Cherries have enjoyed coming up against the Foxes in recent times – they have won their past three against them in all competitions.

So, who will win the first-ever meeting between these two in the FA Cup?

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Holders City seeking to continue FA Cup dominance

We all know how dominant Manchester City have been since Pep Guardiola took over in 2016, and that doesn’t exclude the FA Cup.

The Citizens secured their second FA Cup trophy under Guardiola last season, beating rivals Manchester United in the final at Wembley to secure the trophy.

Their dominance in the competition over the last two years has been outstanding. They have only conceded once in their last nine FA Cup games, and that came in last season’s final when Bruno Fernandes netted from the spot for United.

That is a crazy stat, and they will want to keep that record going – another treble is still not out of the question this season.

So, if you’re Luton, you must think about trying to score first before winning even comes into your mind.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Players of Manchester City pose for a team photograph with the FA Cup Trophy after defeating Manchester United during the Emirates FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on June 03, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Coventry secure their spot in the quarter-finals

Let’s quickly rewind to last night.

Many football fans were rooting for Maidstone United to cause another cup upset, but Mark Robins’ team burst that bubble within five minutes.

Ellis Simms netted a first-half hat-trick for the West Midlands side on their way to a 5-0 thumping of the non-league side.

Coventry’s emphatic display secured them a spot in the last eight for the first time in 15 years. I’m sure their players will be keeping a keen eye on tonight’s results as they await to see who they will face in their quarter-final.

Sky Blues fans, who would you like to see go through tonight?

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26:  Ellis Simms of Coventry City scores his third goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Coventry City and Maidstone United at The Coventry Building Society Arena on February 26, 2024 in Coventry, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
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The plan for the evening

What’s on the menu tonight? All I know for sure is that it is going to be tasty.

As I have already said, we have three FA Cup fifth-round ties in store for you including four Premier League sides.

  • Bournemouth vs Leicester, 19:30 GMT
  • Blackburn vs Newcastle, 19:45 GMT
  • Luton vs Manchester City, 20:00 GMT

Which one of these ties are you most excited about?

Welcome!

It’s another day of FA Cup action, and tonight it ramps up just that little bit more.

The fifth round started last night with a five-star display from Coventry City as they swept aside non-league side Maidstone United at the CBS Arena.

It didn’t matter to the Stones though, they celebrated at the final whistle like they had won the tie, and so they should. Their cup run was magical.

The gap in quality between the sides competing tonight is significantly narrower, as six sides vie to progress to the last eight and make another step closer to the final set to take place on Saturday 25 May.

The holders, Manchester City, are one of those six in action tonight as they travel to Kenilworth Road to take on Luton Town in an all-Premier League clash. I wouldn’t want to bet against them tonight.

Other Premier League sides in action are AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United. The Cherries host Championship leaders Leicester City while the Magpies visit Lancashire to take on Blackburn Rovers.

You won’t want to miss a minute tonight, so make sure you tune in with us as we give you all the updates from tonight’s games.

I’m looking forward to seeing Leicester City test themselves against a Premier League side again, they will be doing it a lot next season if they continue on their current path.

Let’s get this show on the road then, eh?

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Key Updates

  • EXTRA-TIME FULL-TIME: Bournemouth 0-1 Leicester

  • EXTRA-TIME: Blackburn 1-1 Newcastle

  • FULL-TIME: Blackburn 1-1 Newcastle

  • FULL-TIME: Luton 2-6 Man City

  • GOAL!!! Bournemouth 0-1 Leicester (Fatawu 106′)

  • GOAL!!! Blackburn 1-1 Newcastle (Szmodics 79′)

  • GOAL!!! Luton 2-6 Man City (Kovacic 72′)

  • GOAL!!! Blackburn 0-1 Newcastle (Gordon 71′)

  • GOAL!!! Luton 2-5 Man City (Haaland 58′)

  • GOAL!!! Luton 2-4 Man City (Haaland 55′)

  • GOAL!!! Luton 2-3 Man City (Clark 52′)

  • HALF-TIME: Luton 1-3 Man City

  • HALF-TIME: Blackburn 0-0 Newcastle

  • GOAL!!! Luton 1-3 Man City (Clark 45′)

  • GOAL!!! Luton 0-3 Man City (Haaland 40′)

  • HALF-TIME: Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester

  • GOAL!!! Luton 0-2 Man City (Haaland 18′)

  • GOAL!!! Luton 0-1 Man City (Haaland 4′)

  • Blackburn v Newcastle delayed to 8pm kick-off

  • KICK-OFF: Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester

  • Man City starting XI – Grealish starts

  • Luton starting XI – Edwards makes three changes

  • Newcastle starting XI – Willock starts

  • Blackburn Rovers starting XI – two changes

  • Leicester starting XI – Marseca makes NINE changes

  • Bournemouth starting XI – Unal makes first start

  • The plan for the evening

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