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Capital One Cup 3rd Round draw

The top six Premier League teams joined the mix in the Capital One Cup 3rd round. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur were all given home ties, with Everton the only top side starting their campaign away from home.

 

Burton Albion were rewarded for knocking out Queens Park Rangers with a home tie against Brighton and Hove Albion. While Milton Keynes Dons host Bradford City after putting four past Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United.

 

There are five all Premier League ties, the best of which see Southampton travel to Arsenal and Everton visiting Swansea City.

All ties will be played during the week beginning 22nd September.

 

Capital One Cup Third Round Draw:

Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers
Arsenal v Southampton
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Leyton Orient v Sheffield United
Cardiff City v AFC Bournemouth
Sunderland v Stoke City
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Arsenal overwhelming favourites to lift FA Cup

After Wigan Athletic’s stunning victory at the City of Manchester Stadium Arsenal are overwhelming favourites to end their trophy drought and win the FA Cup.

 

After the semi-final draw was made by Arsenal legend Ian Wright and his son Shaun many were salivating over the possibility of a Wembley tie between Manchester City and the Gunners. Wigan’s shock victory, however, has left the north London side a comparatively clear view of silverware.

 

Despite this win Wigan find themselves third favourites at 8/1 to win the competition due to the impending tie against Arsenal. Hull City find themselves as second favourites at 4/1 while their opponents, Sheffield United, are the long shots at 14/1. Arsene Wenger’s men have been given odds of 4/9 by SkyBet to win their first piece of silverware since the 2005 FA Cup triumph.

 

Many fans are wondering if Wenger’s side will once again… Continue reading →

FA Cup Quarter-Final draw 2014

Arsenal have been rewarded for their tenacious performance against Liverpool with a home tie (full match report here). They take on Everton in the tie of the quarter-final, with Roberto Martinez aiming to win the FA Cup for the second season in a row.

 

Last season Martinez guided Wigan Athletic to an unlikely final victory over strong favourites Manchester City. This final will be emulated in the quarters this season, with City drawn at home to Wigan.

 

Brighton & Hove Albion take on Hull City tomorrow night and the winner of the game will host Sunderland in the next round. The other draw guarantees that at least one team from outside the Premier League will take part in the semi-finals. Sheffield United, of League One, will play either bitter rivals Sheffield Wednesday or Charlton Athletic of the Championship for a place in the final four.

 

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Arsenal Win in Classic FA Cup Encounter

After Manchester City exacted their revenge on Chelsea for inflicting upon them their first defeat at home in the league all season it was Arsenal’s chance for payback and to amend themselves after their hammering at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield.

Liverpool were lighting quick to get on the score sheet in the league clash a week ago and they almost repeated themselves as Steven Gerrard slipped Daniel Sturridge through on goal with a sublimely weighted ball but the in-form forward could only direct his shot straight at Lukasz Fabianski. Sturridge went close again a few moments later as the England international recieved a clever pass from Luis Suarez but could only fire into the side netting after rounding the Arsenal goalkeeper.

Arsenal were slow to get going in the game but there were signs of life as the half wore on, especially from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who linked well with… Continue reading →

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