Premier League Clubs Looking To Avoid Upsets In FA Cup Ties

Soccer Section February 16, 2013 Comments Off

FA Cup and MeThis has been one of the memorable FA campaigns in recent memory due to several Premier League‘s sides suffering shock defeats against lower league opposition.

The FA Cup had been regarded by many in the Premier League as something of an inconvenience, but some of the romance of the cup has returned as Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Norwich and QPR have all been knocked out by teams from lower divisions.

Only seven Premier League teams made it out of the fourth round last month and there are several opportunities for more upsets this weekend.

Struggling Manchester City look vulnerable as they prepare to host Championship club Leeds United, winners against Tottenham in the last round, on Sunday.

City’s defeat at Southampton last weekend left Roberto Mancini’s side 12 points behind leaders Manchester United in the Premier League title race, and rumors are circulating that if City lose to Leeds that Mancini will get fired.

Arsenal will also have to be on their guard against Championship side Blackburn. Arsene Wenger’s side were knocked out of the League Cup against League Two side Bradford this season and, with a UEFA Champions League tie against Bayern Munich looming on Tuesday, the Gunners could be distracted.

After beating Liverpool in the fourth round, League One strugglers Oldham will aim to complete a rare Merseyside giant-killing double at home to Everton.

Luton, seventh in the fifth-tier National Conference, are also looking to cause another shock after becoming the first non-league side to beat a top-flight team in the FA Cup since Sutton in 1989.

Only six other teams from outside England‘s Football League have made it this far in the competition since the Second World War and the Hatters host Millwall on Saturday knowing a win over the second-tier side would make them the first non-league outfit to reach the quarter-finals in 99 years.

Fourth Round Replays
17 Feb: Chelsea v Brentford – Buy Chelsea v Brentford Tickets

FA Cup fifth round draw:
Huddersfield v Wigan Athletic
MK Dons v Barnsley
Oldham v Everton
Luton v Millwall
Arsenal v Blackburn – Buy Arsenal v Blackburn Tickets
Manchester City v Leeds – Buy Man City v Leeds Tickets
Manchester United v Reading – Buy Man United v Reading Tickets
Middlesbrough v Chelsea or Brentford

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