Thursday, January 3, 2013
Next up Villa v Ipswich
Next up is Villa v Ipswich in the much maligned FA Cup. I caught a couple of FA Cup games in the qualifying rounds when Ely destroyed Rothwell Corinthians and then came up short against Bugbrooke. However, this week is what was traditionally one of the biggest weekends of the calendar when the teams from the top 2 divisions join in. The cup has lost a lot of its shine over the last few years, which hasn't been helped by the fact it has now lost its traditional slot at the start of the season and with more Champions League finals scheduled at Wembley it could be a while before it gets back. Mind you with discounted ticket prices (this one was £10 for adults and £5 for kids) at least it gives people a chance to see their team who don't normally get the chance.
In this game Villa, who also have a Semi Final against Bradford in the League Cup to look forward to will be looking to put a miserable Christmas behind them, but with the number of injuries accrued they are going to find it hard. Meanwhile, Ipswich who had a bad start to the Championship season now seem to be rejuvenated by Mick McCarthy. However, after suffering a reverse on Ne Year's Day and Villa getting a creditable draw at Swansea. It is going to be a tough one to call.
I would give some more info on the teams, but if you follow the tags there is plenty on both of them on this site.