The FA Cup returns this weekend with Sunderland Ladies and Durham Women both looking to secure a spot in the semi-finals.

Sunderland reached this stage after wins against Brighouse Town and Aston Villa and were rewarded with a home tie against holders and favourites Manchester City.

Sunderland lost 3-0 when the sides met at Mariners Park earlier in the season but will be given hope by Manchester City’s recent form, with the Citizens having not won in their three games since defeating Birmingham City in extra time in the previous round.

It could be argued that the game has come at a perfect time for Sunderland.

But Manchester City’s Continental Cup Final defeat on Wednesday will have increased the importance of this game in Manchester as City look to bounce back and avoid being knocked out of both domestic cup competitions in the same week.

20 miles down the road at New Ferens Park, Durham Women will be competing in the Quarter-finals for the first time in the club’s history.

Durham beat Sheffield FC Ladies and Leicester City Women to reach the Quarter-final and were drawn at home against Everton Ladies, who knocked Durham out of the competition last season.

Last season’s cup meeting between the sides saw Durham race in to a 2-0 lead, but they were pegged back in the second half and eventually lost on penalties.

Everton have since been promoted and will be a tough test for Lee Sanders’ side, but with draws against Sunderland and Liverpool already at New Ferens Park this season, the wildcats have shown they can compete with higher division clubs.

Both games are scheduled to kick off at 2pm on Sunday, but they could be called off if the forecasted snow arrives.