Big 6 Soon To Be Big 2!
Former Arsenal legend Ian Wright helped make the draw last night. Wright, twice an FA Cup winner during his days with Arsenal, also made a huge impact in 1990’s final when he came off the bench. Playing for Crystal Palace that day he scored 2 for Palace in their 3-3 draw with Manchester United. Wright, who suffered from shin injuries during the build-up to that final which is why manager Steve Copppell had to start him on the bench, drew the away sides with Alex Scott the home teams.
Bristol City v Shrewsbury or Wolverhampton Wanderers
Scott, a former Arsenal right-back who scored 12 goals in 148 games for the club also made 140 appearances for England, picked out ball number 6 first. Wright reached in and selected ball number 3. This meant Bristol City would be playing at home to Shrewsbury Town or Wolverhampton Wanderers. Shrewsbury who were so unlucky to concede a 90+ 3 minute equaliser against 4 times FA Cup Winners Wolverhampton last Saturday.
Brighton or West Bromwich v Derby County
With two balls left in the bag Scott reached in and she picked ball number 5, Brighton or West Bromwich Albion, who need to replay after their 0-0 draw. Alex Scott, if that name didn’t ring a bell earlier, played for Arsenal ladies. This meant Wright picked the remaining ball. Number 7 and Derby County.
Ball 9 Will Play Ball 15!
Perhaps the most significant balls to be grabbed from the bag were the pairs 5th picks. Scott picked number 9 and Wright number 15. A wry smile appeared on Wrights face as last season’s winners were pitted against last season’s runners up! Yes, Chelsea will host Manchester United and another of the Barclays Premier League’s top 6 teams will be going out in the next round. Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal have already fallen through the trap door and now only a maximum of 2 can make the 6th round. Manchester City, Manchester United, or Chelsea.
Top 6 Dominance
During the last 20 years, the Premier League’s elite teams have almost dominated this competition with Chelsea and Arsenal both winning 6 finals each. Manchester United have managed 3, Liverpool 2 and Manchester City 1. Portsmouth, in 2008, bucked the trend along with Wigan in 2013. With this draw, it looks very much like game on for teams outside the top 6.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Now 10/1
Wolverhampton Wanderers, sitting comfortably in 8th place in the Barclays Premier League, have impressive victories over Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea in all competitions this season. They must fancy their chances if they can see off Shrewsbury. Don’t forget they’ve also drawn with both Manchester clubs and Arsenal. Their odds have shortened from 14/1 to 10/1
AFC Wimbledon v Millwall
West Ham United were the last team from outside the top flight to win the FA Cup in 1980 thanks to a 13th minute header from Trevor Brooking.. Now, with 13 teams from outside the Barclays Premier League still in with a shout, that 39-year wait could be about to change! Millwall, sitting in 19th place in the Sky Bet Championship, visit West Ham’s conquerors AFC Wimbledon who are rock bottom in Sky Bet Division 1. This looks like a mouth-watering clash with Millwall 125/1 to win the cup in May.
Back to 1990
In 1990 FA Cup final replay the still not fully fit Ian Wright again started on the bench. He joined the action in the 64th minute, 5 minutes earlier than he did during the first game, but he couldn’t make an impact. Manchester United won 1-0 thanks to a goal from left-back Lee Martin in the 59th minute.
1 Bristol City v Shrewsbury Town or Wolverhampton Wanderers
2 AFC Wimbledon v Millwall
3 Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace
4 Middlesbrough or Newport County v Manchester City
5 Chelsea v Manchester United
6 Swansea City v Barnet or Brentford
7 Portsmouth or Queens Park Rangers v Watford
8 Brighton & Hove Albion or West Bromwich Albion v Derby County