Cup ties and upsets

Written by Sam Bayda

Upsets are being seen more and more in football now days, but why is this?

My favourite competition of the football season is the F.A Cup because you get to see different styles of football and teams in League Two face Premier League teams. But sometimes against all odds, they get the result and knock the top tier teams out even though they shouldn’t come near.

For the lower league teams, playing against the heavyweights of English football is an honour and a privilege and the 18 man squad that get selected go to enjoy the experience and relish it. It’s a day to remember not just for the players but also for the fans, who know that in order for their team to get a result they need all of the support they can get.

But on the other side of the field is a team who are expected to win and this adds a lot of pressure to them. They are going out there to win and take it very seriously while the other team is enjoying the football with no pressure or expectation on their back.

Newcastle will face Burton Albion at some point this season and when the Brewers travel to St. James’ Park they will sit in a stadium that can hold up to 52,354 people where as when Newcastle travel to Burton they will be playing in a stadium that will hold 6,912 supporters (2,034 of which is seated).

That is what I love about the F.A Cup and that’s why I think that this season is going to be one of the best, having Newcastle and Villa in the Championship makes some matches feel like a cup tie and a great day out for fans.

I’d love to hear your thoughts/ experiences of cup ties in the comments below.

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