22nd January 2019 at 2:50 pm #31914
Time to put the PL aside for the FA Cup personally I still love the historic old trophy and what a way to kick the 4th Round off with Arsenal v United on Friday night.22nd January 2019 at 3:27 pm #31916
Brian blueParticipant132 pts
I prefer it to the CL because it brings all the teams in all the leagues together and the smaller clubs can beat the bigger ones,that is the magic. I am sure a few surprises will emerge from this week end. Football, for me, is not always about watching the big players.22nd January 2019 at 3:27 pm #31917
Not bad, not bad at all…
ALways got a soft spot for the Cup, earliest memories was the 81 and 82 finals… I was a glory hunter, lol, guess that came back to bit me in the Arsenal!!!
A tricky game against Palace, normally I’d fancy our chances, but it’s looking a bit thin at the moment… reckon Palace fancy theirs for sure!22nd January 2019 at 3:29 pm #31919
I’ve always thought, a great ‘leveller’ for the Cup would be to automatically give home-ties to the lowest ranked team in each pairing… chuck in the ‘rotation’ policy the big-dogs have, and I reckon that will get the whole thing a bit more interest!22nd January 2019 at 3:31 pm #31921
Brian blueParticipant132 pts
Not a bad ida Chuky but I also think some would want to play at the bigger stadium for the revenue and playing experience, but then, I would give them a bigger seat allocation22nd January 2019 at 4:13 pm #31925
Double B… it’s a real catch 22, if I was a player, would I want to go to Old Trafford (for example) and most likely get a bottom spanking experience, or would I want those pampered overpaid primadonnas down to Hackney Marshes (for example!) and see if they like it up ’em!
I can see the benefits of both!22nd January 2019 at 5:55 pm #31928
I’d like to see all the clubs in from round 1, the “league cup” may have to suffer to accommodate that, but it would spread a bit if revenue round and there’d be more giant killings, which when all said and done is what the early rounds of the cop are about….Pagan22nd January 2019 at 6:31 pm #31929
Pagan, never going to happen mate too many games already.22nd January 2019 at 6:49 pm #31930
9, the league cup lets the prem teams put their U21 or U23s in, that then gives the first team a maximum of 1 extra game if they don’t go out in round 1 of the FA Cup….Pagan22nd January 2019 at 6:55 pm #31931
Pagan, the League Cup rules are the same as the PL rules for participating players there are no moves afoot to bring PL Club’s into the 1st round and neither imo is there any appetite to do so from the PL Club’s as it would just add to fixture congestion.22nd January 2019 at 7:05 pm #31932
9, it’s called change, if there were already plans afoot, it wouldn’t be a suggestion. Not sure how it really adds to fixture congestion, what it does do is give the youngsters a chance. It won’t happen as the big clubs are greedy, don’t want to be embarrassed and don’t really want put their prima donnas through getting changed somwhere that doesn’t have Louis Vuitton fixtures and fittings.
As for the rules of player participation, if they’re registered they can play, and I believe you can register as many homegrown U21s as you like, correct me if I’m wrong.
Or if the prem teams want they could opt out, that president has already been set….Pagan22nd January 2019 at 7:43 pm #31933
Pagan, you couldn’t play a complete under21 team in the PL and the League Cup rules according to their rule book mirror PL rules.
But as you rightly say it won’t happen so it’s a mute point.
United not participating was a mistake imo it happened once I can’t see it ever happening again. The FA Cup should be respected it’s not a competition for Club’s to opt out of or play U21 teams in but that’s just me and I remember when winning the FA Cup had great qudos.22nd January 2019 at 7:50 pm #31934
sean the sailorParticipant169 pts
Would love to win The FA Cup but it’s really lost it’s magic.
It’s like an international weekend for me now22nd January 2019 at 7:58 pm #31935
Sean, “I would love to win the FA Cup ” and “it’s really lost it’s magic ” seem a wee bit contradictory but you’re right the FA Cup isn’t quite as big as it was due to the CL and the need to be playing in the CL to attract the top players. It will always be a special trophy to me though.😊22nd January 2019 at 8:23 pm #31937
True enough, a CL spot for the FA Cup would really liven it up too…
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