Arsenal vs Chelsea – FA Cup Final Preview

An all-London duel awaits in the FA Cup final on Saturday as Chelsea go in search of the double against an Arsenal side that is aiming to win the competition for a record 13th time. Indeed, these are the two clubs to have dominated the FA Cup since the turn of the century, with five successes each since 2000. They last met in the final in 2002, when terrific second half goals from Ray Parlour and Fredrik Ljungberg sealed victory for Arsenal. That was the second of six triumphs for…

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This season’s FA Cup promises to be one of the best in recent history

Following Arsenal’s closely contested 2-0 win away at Sutton on Monday, this year’s FA Cup quarter-final lineup is almost done, with the odd one out being the clash between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town. Pep Guardiola’s City could only get a draw at Huddersfield on Saturday, and now have a replay at the Etihad on the cards. In the event of City beating Huddersfield, a result that is widely expected, the quarterfinals of the FA Cup this year will feature five of the six teams currently in the Premier League.…

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Football fans are split on the FA’s latest rule change

Starting from next season, teams will be allowed to use a fourth substitute in extra-time in this season’s FA Cup from the quarter-final stage, according to the BBC. On Twitter, a bunch of football fans opposed the new rule: EFL Trophy with academy sides in it and a fourth sub for ET in latter stages of cup competitions… Destroying English football! — Lorch (@Lorch_tlg) 27 juli 2016 fourth sub allowed in fa cup ? geez what next drop back goalies — darren ferla (@dferla73) 27 juli 2016 Fourth sub in extra…

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Louis Van Gaal picked Manchester United’s FA Cup hotel for a very special reason [Video]

On Saturday, Manchester United face Crystal Palace during the FA Cup final at Wembley. It’s the Red Devils and Louis Van Gaal’s ultimate chance to make up for another poor season, finishing fifth in the Premier League. The Dutchman even picked out a special hotel for his squad to sleep before Saturday’s clash… Louis van Gaal explains his reasoning behind the team hotel to #MUTV… https://t.co/YKG2uE2vIr — Manchester United (@ManUtd) 20 mei 2016

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Crystal Palace vs Man Utd – FA Cup Final Preview

An FA Cup tournament of few major upsets will see its winner crowned on Saturday as Crystal Palace and Manchester United contest the final, where both sides will be hoping to gain some form of redemption following a season of relative underachievement. It is a repeat of the final in 1990, the last to ever go to a replay. A late goal from Mark Robins broke Palace hearts as it denied them the chance to lift the famous trophy for the first time in their history, and Man Utd won it the…

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ICYMI: Costel Pantilimon’s Kung Fu kick in FA Cup semi-final [Video]

On Sunday, Crystal Palace booked their place into their first FA Cup final since 1990, once again meeting Manchester United. Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham scored for the Eagles, who won 2-1 against the Hornets. Still, it was Watford goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon who made the headlines with a Kung Fu kick attempted save on Bolasie’s 1-0 header.

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ICYMI: Manchester United’s FA Cup semi-final win in five crucial moments [Videos]

Manchester United booked their place in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 21 against either Watford or Crystal Palace after beating Everton 2-1. We’re looking back to the game’s best moments. Moment 1: Wayne Rooney denies Romelu Lukaku Half-time at Wembley and 0-1 for @ManUtd… Should @RomeluLukaku9 have scored this opportunity? #FACup https://t.co/VuAGgTkAPE — Eleven Sports BE (@ElevenBE_nl) 23 april 2016 Moment 2: Marouane Fellaini puts United 1-0 up Moment 3: David De Gea saves Romelu Lukaku’s penalty Moment 4: Chris Smalling’s own goal 1-1! @ChrisSmalling with the…

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Crystal Palace vs Watford – Match preview and team news

It is a huge opportunity on Sunday for two sides who have never won the FA Cup to reach the final of this year’s competition as Crystal Palace take on Watford in what promises to be a close encounter as just two points separate them in the league. When Watford reached the final back in 1984 it was something of a fairytale, while Palace were beaten in 1990 in the last ever final to go to a replay, losing to what became an infamous goal from Mark Robins. But these…

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Everton vs Man Utd – Match preview and team news

Everton and Manchester United have both fallen well below expectations in the Premier League this season, but on Saturday they meet at Wembley and have the chance to move to within 90 minutes of lifting the FA Cup. This is a do or die encounter for Everton boss Roberto Martinez, who is desperately hoping that his side can salvage something from this competition and take a slight amount of the emphasis away from a woeful run in the league that culminated in the embarrassing Merseyside derby defeat to Liverpool. The Spaniard is…

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Man Utd vs West Ham – Match preview and team news

Manchester United will be hoping to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2011, but in order to get there they have to negotiate a tricky home tie with West Ham United. There is very little between the two clubs in terms of league placing, with West Ham in fifth position lying just two points above the hosts. The big difference lies in terms of the style of play, with Man Utd’s patient and possession-based game in stark contrast to the expansive, free flowing outlook…

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Arsenal vs Watford – Match preview and team news

Arsenal will be hoping to extend their incredible run in the FA Cup to another Wembley semi-final, as they host a Watford side that can always be relied upon to provide stubborn resistance. A shocking error from Hull City’s David Meyler may just have proved to be the break that Arsenal and indeed Olivier Giroud needed to put an end to their faltering form. The Frenchman ended his barren run of 11 games without a goal by netting the opener in the replay against the Tigers in midweek and then…

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Everton vs Chelsea – Match preview and team news

It looks certain to be an entertaining encounter at Goodison Park on Saturday as Chelsea aim to find salvation in the FA Cup by reaching the semi-finals at the expense of Everton. This is a repeat of the 2009 final, in which current Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink ended his initial reign with a victory. This time around it is again his only chance of leaving the club having won some silverware, after he oversaw their elimination from the Champions League in midweek. They were clearly inferior to Paris St. Germain,…

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Reading vs Crystal Palace – Match preview and team news

The only remaining side below the Premier League left standing in the FA Cup will attempt to reach a second successive Wembley semi-final on Friday evening as Reading take on Crystal Palace and their former manager Alan Pardew. For whatever reason, the Royals always seem to perform exceptionally well in this competition, reaching the latter stages on a number of occasions in recent years. After wins over Huddersfield Town and Walsall in their opening two matches, their performance level increased considerably in round five as they came from behind to…

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Arsene Wenger: “FA Cup win was vital for my future at the club”

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he might not have continued in his job with the club if his side had failed to win the 2014 FA Cup final, accoring to ESPN FC. The Gunners faced the daunting task of ending their nine-year trophy drought when they encountered Hull City in the final of the cup competition at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014. The North London club didn’t get off to the best of starts and were down 2-0 within eight minutes of the start. However, they crawled…

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FA Cup Round Five Preview

The last 16 of the FA Cup is when a number of clubs normally begin to feel that they may just have a chance of winning the famous trophy in May, and many of the big guns make up the names that remain in the competition, with six of the Premier League’s current top seven involved in the eight fixtures to be played over the course of this weekend. Having triumphed in each of the last two seasons, Arsenal are the team to stop and they begin proceedings with a…

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Arsenal fans fear that their FA Cup campaign is already over [Tweets]

Arsenal fans don’t like referee Mike Dean. Earlier this season, following the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, they even started a petition to prevent him from taking charge of the Gunners’ games in future. The petition managed more than 100,000 signatures. Statistics suggest that the North London’s winning rate under Mike Dean is less than half of their average rate. So when FA decided to put Dean in charge of the Arsenal’s FA Cup tie with Hull City, it didn’t go down well with the fans. They already fear…

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Twitter trolls Liverpool striker after FA Cup misses: “Dear China, please buy him” [Video + Tweets]

Liverpool are out of the FA Cup, as they were beaten 2-1 by West Ham in the fourth round, with Angelo Ogbonna scoring the match winner in the dying seconds of the second extra period. Christian Benteke was active upfront but failed to score on a number of chances. Benteke’s missed chances in extra time… pic.twitter.com/vvlZJwQ9l4 — Terje (@ArsenalTerje) 9 februari 2016 That nearly made Twitter explode, with Liverpool fans ready to say goodbye to the Belgian striker. @LFC Dear China, Please Buy Benteke he’s really good, honest. £40mil should…

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FA Cup draw throws clash of the titans

The draw for the FA Cup’s fifth round has just been completed and it has thrown some interesting ties. The tie of the round puts Chelsea against Manchester City, a true clash of titans! Guus Hiddink’s men will host the Citizens at Stamford Bridge to keep their cup campaign alive. The Dutchman has previously admitted that the FA Cup remains the biggest hope for the Blues to win some silverware this season and now, they will need to do it the hard-way. In other significant draws, Tottenham will host Premier League rivals…

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FA Cup Round Four Preview

While it did not produce a considerable amount of genuine upsets, the third round of the FA Cup provided plenty of entertainment and talking points, not to mention some memorable goals. Now it is time for the last 32, the draw for which has thrown up several intriguing ties which offer the potential for shocks as some Premier League clubs face tricky trips to face lower league opponents whose supporters will create a partisan atmosphere. The first of these takes place on Friday as Championship promotion hopefuls Derby County entertain a…

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Liverpool fan catches Martin Skrtel going crazy after winning League Cup penalty [Video]

Liverpool needed penalties to see off Stoke City in the League Cup, with Joe Allen netting the decisive penalty kick in the semi-final for the Reds. Anfield errupted after the Allen gave Jurgen Klopp’s side the win. One fan caught Reds’ defender Martin Skrtel losing it in the stand! MUST WATCH!!! Skrtel’s celebrations after Joe Allen scored the winning penalty last night!! THIS IS BOSS!!! #LFC pic.twitter.com/FtqQ93e7KN — liverpoolfc.hq (@liverpoolfc_hq) 27 januari 2016

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Oxford United manager wants to draw United in FA Cup for personal reasons

Oxford United upset Swansea City in the third round of the FA Cup. Manager Michael Appleton loves to draw Manchester United in the next round, with a personal reason why he’d want a trip to Old Trafford, according to The Daily Express. The 40-year-old went into management after injury forced him into early retirement. Appleton began his career with Manchester United, signing his first senior contract one year after the famed ‘Class of 92’. “From a selfish point of view I’d be delighted with Manchester United because of my history and…

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Look away Louis! Paul Scholes goes on a rant about United and van Gaal

Manchester United came away with a late victory in their third round FA Cup matchup with Sheffield United. But that didn’t hold back Paul Scholes to go on a rant about his former team and their manager Louis van Gaal. It took a Wayne Rooney 94th minute penalty to seal The Red Devils’ passing to the fourth round, after Memphis Depay was fouled in the box by Dean Hammon. United’s offensive performance was atrocious, with van Gaal’s side failing to muster a shot on target until after the hour mark, with ironic cheers…

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Michael Owen unites the football world with his atrocious commentary

As the first half of the FA Cup third round between Man Utd and Sheffield United dragged on, football fans struggled to decide what is worse: United’s attacking play or Michael Owen’s commentary. The BT Sport pundit is renowned for his boring commentary, and he truly lived up to his reputation during the goalless first half of the game. The fact that Owen’s commentary was complemented by United’s atrocious attacking display against a League One side was too much to take for some football fans. I think I preferred it…

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Twitter didn’t go easy on Adam Bogdan after his howler against Exeter

Liverpool second-choice goalkeeper Adam Bogdan started the third round of the FA Cup tie against Exeter City. The goalkeeper was left embarrassed after he conceded an Olimpico goal, straight from a corner kick, right on the stroke of half-time. The goal, which gave the lower league side a 2-1 side, was scored by Lee Holmes. Much to the relief of the Hungarian goalkeeper, the Reds managed to score in the second half to earn a reply at Anfield. But Twitter doesn’t let you forget your mistakes that easy: I mean,…

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Video technology to be trialled in FA Cup?

Next season’s FA Cup may feature video technology trials after football’s law-making body recommended that experiments take place, accoring to The Daily Mirror. A decision will be made in March’s meeting of the International FA Board’s (IFAB) annual general meeting, but the the FA are known supporters of video technology and are expected to offer next season’s FA Cup for trials. These would be limited to decisions on goals, red cards, penalties and cases of mistaken identity. They would involve different kinds of experiments, such as video only being used when the…

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