Friday, January 03, 2014
THE INTELLIGENT PUNTER’S GUIDE TO THE 2014 FA CUP
Up for the Cup? Here's my IP Guide to the 2014 FA Cup, over at The Week.
ITS the oldest and most famous football knock-out competition in the world but one that until quite recently looked to have lost a lot of its magic.
The FA Cup was once renowned for its upsets: in the 1970s we saw surprise winners from the Second Division (Sunderland and Southampton), and in the 1980s there were wins for First Division underdogs Coventry and Wimbledon.
But in the Premier League era, as the financial gap between teams widened, the competition became increasingly dominated by a small number of big clubs. From 1996 until 2007 only four different teams won the competition: Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Since 2007 however, the position has changed again.
You can read the whole guide here. Good luck with your selections!