The FA Cup Re-visited

We’re down to the last sixteen of the FA Cup this weekend, and it’s starting to get a little bit more difficult to get enthusiastic. I fear that we’re headed for semi-finals made up of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and A.N.Other. Perhaps it’s just because I woke up this morning with a bit of a hangover. Still, it’s eyes down for a full house again with the Fifth Round. Let’s take a quick look at this weekend’s matches and see if we can’t work out in advance what’s going to happen. Chelsea – Norwich City: If I was a conspiracy theorist, I’d argue that somewhere, deep in the bowels of Soho Square, a scientist has made some sort of special magnetic balls which are designed to give Chelsea as easy a ride as possible to the final of this year’s FA Cup. Norwich are a very average Championship side, and struggled to overcome Blackpool in the last round. There’s no way that Chelsea will lose this match. Yawn. Arsenal – Blackburn Rovers: Blackburn are one of those infuriating mid-table Premiership teams who are a couple of players short of being able to challenge for a place in Europe. Contrary to what you might have thought if you read the papers in the week, Arsenal didn’t walk all over Bolton in the week, and were flattered by their 3-1 win....

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