The 4th round of the FA-cup was played this weekend and usually we would not pay much attention to it. Usually the big teams slaughter the smaller teams and usually there’s not much excitement. Well, there was nothing usual about this weekend’s round of FA cup matches, let me tell you that.
It started off on Friday, when the mighty Manchester United only managed to draw 0-0 against League 2 side Cambridge United. A huge achievement for the underdogs, who were facing extinction a few years ago. Now, the club’s economy is virtually saved, as Cambridge will receive their share of the ticket sales of the replay at Old Trafford. A million quid is a lot for a League 2 side, mind you.
Saturday was even stranger. First off, 10-men Swansea was knocked out by Blackburn. But that upset wasn’t really that huge. Championship sides pack a decent punch. Just ask Manchester City who shockingly lost 2-0 at home to Middleborough.
But the huge upset came at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea seemingly held a comfortable 2-0 lead against League One side Bradford. But the Bantams had no intentions of going down easy and shocked the football world by scoring 4 goals and in one of the biggest upsets in FA cup history knocked out Chelsea. Mourinho was fuming after the game, but found it in him to be happy for AFC Bradford. Pure class.
OK, the big sides uses these games to slightly rotate in their squad players, but still. Liverpool should be able to beat Bolton at Anfield. Wanderers’ goalkeeper Adam Bogdan would not have it and secured a 0-0 draw and a replay for Bolton. He is now linked to Liverpool…
Speaking of which, tomorrow there’s another cup-drama to look forward to as Chelsea hosts Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semifinal second leg. The game at Anfield was a cracker, but although Liverpool created the chances, the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Advantage Chelsea, to say the least.
Liverpool to qualify currently stands at 3,43 @ Guts.com. Can they too manage an upset or will Chelsea bounce back?