FA Cup 4th Round this week. Thought I’d label the teams from the previous round that were correctly picked to see how i progress week to week. It’s very odd (or random) that I did correctly select all the home teams on the 24th but not a single one from the 23rd or 25th?
The third round was disappointing for me as a Watford fan but beating Chelsea was never really on the cards. I didn’t think I would ever see Watford win that game but then I also never expected to see that Mourinho would ever apologize for anything … but apologize he did…Mourinho Apologizes??
|Jan 23 2015|
|Cambridge United||1-3||Manchester United|
|Jan 24 2015|
|Blackburn Rovers||1-2||Swansea City|
|Preston North End||1-0||Sheffield United|
|Birmingham City||1-1*||West Bromwich Albion|
|Jan 25 2015|
|Bristol City||1-2||West Ham|
|Aston Villa||1-1*||AFC Bournemouth|
|Brighton and Hove||1-3||Arsenal|
|Jan 26 2015|
The FA Cup 4th round does have some interesting match ups as well as good opportunities for lower division teams to make it into the 5th and serious rounds. The games start with Cambridge at home against Manchester United who really didn’t impress much in the previous round at Yeovil and it seems that Richard Money (I’m not sure I’d like to grow up with that name) isn’t phased by the challenge ahead for this team. There’s never value in betting a win in this game for the underdogs but at home they could put a surprise goal past the 4-4-2 / 3-5-2 / 10-0-0 of Van Gaal. Not sure the fascination but i’m sure the official line-up and announced formation will be over-analysed again but … no buts, it’s just boring.
Swansea stunk against Chelsea and the time is good for a fan make up session. Not sure who plays up front for them now that Man City somehow manage to get around financial fair play and make another splashy signing in Bony. Blackburn should be decent enough to make it interesting.
A fairly big game is Birmingham at home to West Brom. The focus for newly installed Tony Pullis will be to keep West Brom in the premier league – but a cup run shouldn’t be ignored. They don’t want to be Wigan and have the Charles Dickens season .. It was the best of times at Wembley and the worst of times in the bottom three.
Probably the greatest hope for me is that Chelsea play a number of reserves to counter the argument that there is not enough team rotation and then lose. It won’t happen of course.
Alan Pardew is having another October – 3 wins in a row? Well you know what they say. All Alan Pardew things come to an end eventually. Southampton will rock him back into reality and his focus will shift to finish 4th from bottom – safe but with evidence that he needs money to waste over the summer.
Liverpool tied in the week and so are on the precipice of a Milk Cup final. Liverpool don’t want to put all their eggs in one basket and so the FA Cup will be an important trophy to try and pick up. Just like Chelsea losing in this round, an Anfield trophy just isn’t going to happen.
Aston Villa – can they score? Can they win? Yes and no… a draw is on the cards.
As for the other games? They will be played.