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FA Cup Fever

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Following Portsmouth beating Birmingham (and yes, I’m bothered by it. Alot) and the stalemate between Fulham and Spurs, Sundays FA Cup action brings us the culmination of this competition, and by around 6pm, we’ll know who will be taking the first trips to Wembley.

Villa take on giant killers Reading, who have already knocked out Liverpool, Burnley and West Brom. Although they have struggled in the Championship this season, the cup run seems to have taken the imagination of the Reading players and fans, and many will wonder whether they can take a fourth club out and be rewarded with a day out in the capital. A home draw can only be an advantage, and they’ll be hoping for the home fans to turn the Madejski into a fortress of noise and support.

Villa are fresh off the back of a trip to Wembley themselves, with them losing the Carling Cup final to Manchester United. They are still riding high in the Premier League, and will be looking for that elusive silverware to complete their season. They are pushing for that fourth place spot, and will be incredibly tough opposition for Reading.

The other midlands team left in the competition, Stoke City, travel to Stamford Bridge to face currently 2nd placed Chelsea. Stoke are having a decent season, currently in 11th and looking to seal Premier League survival once again, a chance of silverware is the finishing touch to the season.

Chelsea are looking to secure the Premier League trophy itself, but picking up the FA cup on the way would not be snubbed either. Everyone in the league knows how deadly Chelsea are on the attack, and many will argue that Stoke, by far, have the toughest match of the round. If they manage to knock Chelsea out, they open out the semi finals, and could lead to a tasty, previously non predicted, cup final.

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Written by Nicole Carroll

March 7, 2010 at 9:30 am

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