The title says FA Cup but with the build-ups to the games at Anfield and Loftus Road you could easily think we have two cage matches in prospect.
On one hand I still look forward to and enjoy FA Cup weekends but on the other I am constantly frustrated at not quite knowing the players that will be picked. It is almost as if cup upsets should now come with an asterisk that indicates full strength or weakened line-up.
Perhaps Spurs set an example on Friday by putting out a strong side against Watford although you would not have known that by the performance.
Liverpool v Manchester United
QPR v Chelsea
Blackpool v Sheffield Wed,
Bolton v Swansea,
Derby v Stoke,
Hull v Crawley Town,
Leicester v Swindon,
Millwall v Southampton,
Sheffield Utd v Birmingham,
Stevenage v Notts County,
West Brom v Norwich,
Brighton v Newcastle,
Sunderland v Middlesbrough,
Arsenal v Aston Villa,
A surprise in the making Derby at home to last season’s finalists Stoke City. Arsenal should not think that Villa are going to role over either.
Arguably the best league match in prospect this weekend in Europe in Juventus at home to Udinese. Juventus have still not lost in Serie A but they have drawn over 40% of their matches. Udinese is only three points behind.
Women’s Olympic Qualifying
I did not catch the USA win over Costa Rica on account of Friday’s Fox Soccer Report. The common view appears to be an average performance but it is one of these situations where the result trumps performance.
At the time of writing I am about to sit down to watch Canada and Mexico with the winner joining the USA in London this summer.
Update – Canada joins the USA in London after what was a deserved 3-1 win over Mexico. Player of the Match – Desiree Scott for Canada IMO.
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