We’ve reached the 5th round of the legendary FA Cup and in this article, we will go through what has happened thus far and more importantly; what we might see in the next round!
It comes as no surprise that this round is dominated by teams from the Premier League. However, there are still quite a few teams left from the lower divisions. Take Coventry for example; they’re stuck in no mans land in League 2, far away from their recent glory days in the Premier League. On Saturday 17th February, they take on Premier League outfit Brighton, away at Amex Stadium. Coventry punched slightly above their own weight to overcome League 1 outfit Milton Keynes Dons in the 4th round.
Another David against Goliath battle is Rochdale against Tottenham. Rochdale currently find themselves at the very bottom of League 1, firmly on course towards relegation. What’s particularly interesting with this meeting however, is that Rochdale are playing at home, at Spotland stadium – a pitch currently containing more mud and sand than actual grass. A reality far from the glorious pitch conditions that Tottenham enjoys in the Premier League.
It’s highly unlikely of course that Rochdale can do anything at all to hurt a world class outfit like Tottenham, but with a pitch in such poor condition, anything can happen. An un-expected bounce of the ball, a slip at the wrong time…Tottenham will have to work hard and play with bigger margins to secure their place in the 6th round.
In another 5th round game, Huddersfield will entertain Manchester United at John Smith’s Stadium.
The “terriers” will be looking to get revenge after the 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford in the last round of the Premier League. Huddersfield haven’t won at home since December 9th, but I believe that if we’re to see any upset to the top teams in the Premier League, this might be it. With the added motivation sparked by the chance of revenge and United taking on Sevilla in the Champions League just 4 days later, Huddersfield just might have a chance here.
Emotions are flying high and every game is do or die – this is the FA Cup!