If Kasper Schmeichel, raises the Emirate FA Cup above his head at Wembley Stadium on the 18th of May this year, the world of football will celebrate with floods of tears.
After the intensity of the Manchester City v Liverpool spectacular clash the Premier League takes a weekend off to make way for 4 days of Emirates FA Cup action. The magic of the FA Cup is back as the big boys enter the frame for the 3rd round proper.
Amongst the potential ‘Giant Killers’ Newport County of South Wales host Leicester City, kick off Sunday at 16:30, and the division 2 team will be hoping for at least a draw and a payday replay at the King Power Stadium.
Newport, 1,000 to 1 to win the trophy, 10 to 1 to win against Leicester City, and 9 to 2 to force a draw, are sat 73 places below Leicester who are going well again in the Premier League in 7th place. With 31 points Leicester are only 7 away from the benchmark safety target of 38. With no relegation worries, Leicester can fully focus on the FA Cup and they have a core set of nonsense players who can take them all the way. Schmeichel. Maguire. Evans, Morgan, Chilwell, Ndidi, Maddison, and Vardy. Manager Puel has proved he can set his team up for big games with recent victories away at Chelsea and at home to Manchester City. Now he has potentially 6 extra special games to set up.
No game of football, or winning any kind of trophy, will make up for the tragic events that happened in Leicester on the 27th of October last year. Football all over the world took a hit, especially in England and Thailand. A Leicester City win, dedicated to those who lost their life’s that day, will prove the magic of the FA Cup lives on.
At the age of 17 Marc started working for the local Echo in Southampton and even made the sports pages himself when selected for Hampshire youth. But a serious back injury, sustained after a car crash on his way back from a party from Bournemouth, put paid to his sporting career. So now he writes about it.