The Third Round Proper of the ‘Budweiser’ FA Cup.
The weekend is upon us and the hectic fixture list shows no signs of easing off just yet so it will be interesting to see who fields who and just how seriously one of the most prestigious cups in the world is taken.
Tottenham Hotspur’s success this season has been built upon achieving the consistency against weaker sides that previous seasons have sorely lacked. So Cheltenham at 16/1 doesn’t offer value so much as reflect reality. Spurs have been itching to thump someone (other than Liverpool) this season and if this isn’t it then White Hart Lane will get very frosty. Prediction 2-0.
Fulham have had a mixed time of this season. But Martin Jol’s feel good factor will still be considerably revived after the sensational late win against Arsenal in the Barclay’s Premier League. Charlton are top of League One and will relish the chance of showing their fellow Londoners they can play. Jol doesn’t have much depth of squad so Chris Powell is likely to have his work cut put. Prediction 2-0.
Norwich City are having a great season back in the Premiership. Their support home and away have been nothing short of a credit. Paul Lambert has run a creditable operation given the size of the task that has been placed before him and Norwich sit 9th in the league. Burnley have been scrambling since Owen Coyle left and currently hover in 10th spot in the championship. With virtually an entire division separating the two sides it’s difficult to see an away win. Prediction 1-0.
Newcastle United vs Blackburn Rovers could quite possibly be a classic FA Cup game. The Toon’s fortunes were revived with a brilliant recent win over Manchester United and a cup run may just suit Alan Pardew. Steve Kean will probably be happy to pay away again and so concentrate on playing football opposed to ignoring the noisy idiots who call themselves fans, yet spend every game trying to wreck their team’s morale. Prediction 2-1.
Everton host Tamworth. Tamworth are 14th in the Blue Square Premier League and without being too dismissive this might be a good opportunity for David Moyes to let his boys have a relatively uninhibited run out and flex a few muscles. Prediction 3-0.
Arsenal face Leeds and if Arsene Wenger was completely honest he’d acknowledge he needs this game like a hole in the head. Leeds’ away form is barely distinguishable from their home and whilst they might be 8th in the Championship, they will travel with mind to box well above their weight. Prediction 2-2.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!