Today feels a bit like when you host a party and never actually get to exchange more than a cursory word with anyone you’ve invited. Lovely to see you and how’s life but what did I do with the vol au vents? We smoothly segue from those midweek European ties to a weekend of Premier League, FA Cup, Championship action and much more – only we don’t, quite, because those big Champions League and Europa League draws begin around 90 minutes from now, in theory at least, and all eyes will be on those. I’ll run separate blogs on those – so please regard this one as home, the control centre, a touchstone, a beacon in the dark, where you can air your boldest thoughts and deepest fears about *any aspect* of the weekend’s football ahead.
I’ll run through some of the fixtures we look forward to.
FA Cup quarter-finals
Watford v Crystal Palace (Sat 12.15pm); Swansea v Manchester City (Sat 5.20pm); Wolves v Manchester United (Sat 7.55pm); Millwall v Brighton (Sun 2pm)
West Ham v Huddersfield (Sat 3pm); Burnley v Leicester (Sat 3pm); Bournemouth v Newcastle (Sat 3pm); Fulham v Liverpool (Sun 2.15pm); Everton v Chelsea (Sun 4.30pm)
Leeds v Sheffield United (Sat 12.30pm); Rotherham v Norwich (Sat 3pm); Aston Villa v Middlesbrough (Sat 3pm); Brentford v West Brom (Sat 3pm)
OK, that gets us started so let’s crack on. Are you at a game anywhere this weekend? Get your emails and tweets in – addresses above – and off we go ...