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Football: Revenge in the air in FA Cup blockbusters

Published on Feb 14, 2014 5:03 PM

LONDON (AFP) - It may be Saint Valentine's Day, but it is revenge, rather than romance, that is in the air ahead of the weekend's English FA Cup fifth-round matches.

A lack of major head-to-head clashes and true upsets means that this season's tournament has yet to capture the imagination, but that could change in round five as four of the country's biggest teams prepare to face off.

Manchester City host Premier League title rivals Chelsea on Saturday, with Arsenal tackling Liverpool a day later, and both ties carry extra intrigue due to recent encounters between their respective protagonists.

Chelsea took control of the title race with a 1-0 victory at City on Feb 3, while Arsenal's own championship ambitions were ruthlessly undermined in a chastening 5-1 defeat at Anfield last weekend.

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