|Nottingham Forest host Arsenal on Sunday in the FA Cup, how will this pan out? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)
Manchester City, Chelsea and every premier league side that have played in the FA Cup so far have named a strong side against their opponents, it’s an indication that they now respect the oldest cup competition.
There’s a special feeling that comes with winning
trophies no matter how little, but have you met the FA Cup and the magic that
comes with it? City swept aside Swindon but did you see how the lower league side
celebrated their goal?
Chesterfield were five goals down when substitute Asante
scored a solitary consolation goal, they celebrated like they won the UEFA
champions league, that’s how special it is to score an FA Cup goal against a
Step forward Newcastle United, in a way you can say they
need to concentrate on their league campaign but there’s also a momentum that
comes with winning a game, Eddie Howe also handed a start to new recruit Kieran
Trippier but all ended in defeat…
League 1 side Cambridge United beat Newcastle at St.
James’s Park, it’s unacceptable for the situation at Newcastle, scrutiny sets
in on the place of the manager and you wonder if he’s the right man for the
job, you can’t blame the critics now.
Crystal Palace survived a scare as championship side
Millwall took the game to them, former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe scored early
in the game but Michael Olise and J. Mateta scored in the second half to send
the Eagles to the fourth round.
Huddersfield served another upset as they beat Burnley at
Turf Moor, like it is for Newcastle you can say Burnley need to fight for their
topflight status but they fielded their best available, they wanted to win but
the Terriers were stronger in beliefs.
Leicester City beat Watford cleanly, the Hornets also
need to focus on the premier league so cup distractions can wait till next
season, it is what it is but you need to applaud the Foxes, depleted by
everything possible, injuries, covid and AFCON representation, they still went
ahead to do the needful, put some respect on their name.
Brentford beat Port Vale silly, Mbeumo scored his first
topflight hatrick and you can imagine his popularity on the premier league fantasy
league; Southampton were reduced to ten and then needed extra time to best
Swansea 3-2, it was fun to watch.
Everton needed same extra time to deliver same result,
Hull City had to come from behind twice to force extra time but there was
nothing they could do to Andros Townsend’s fierce strike that ended the contest
although the goalkeeper should have done better.
Brighton also needed extra time to beat Westbrom, despite
having a man advantage, Neal Maupay scored eight minutes into the first half of
the extra time to send the Seagulls into the fourth round.
Sunday fixtures involes a couple of high profile games,
Westham vs Leeds United is one of them with the Hammers needing strong result
to drive their top four push, momentum is everything but Leeds United don’t
even know when they’re losing, they’re always a fun to watch.
And then Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest, there are
some covid cases in the Arsenal set up but manager Mikel Arteta is back from
isolation and the Gunners will be looking to pick things up, note that the last
two times Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, they went on to win it…