FA Cup Replays
The third round of the FA Cup took place this weekend and it was a weekend full of shocks and thrills. Arsenal were knocked out of the competition, with a 4-2 loss to Nottingham Forest and the biggest shock came when Newport County beat Leeds United 2-1, with the winning goal coming just seconds before the end of the game.
Third round replays will take place Tuesday the 16th and Wednesday the 17th of January, with the following teams battling it out to head into the next round – but who is your money on?
⇒ West Ham v Shrewsbury kicks off at 19:45
⇒ Mansfield v Cardiff City kicks off at 19:45
⇒ Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle kicks off at 19:45
⇒ Leicester City v Fleetwood kicks off at 19:45
⇒ Reading vs Stevenage kicks off at 20:00
⇒ Chelsea v Norwich City kicks off at 19:45
⇒ Wigan Athletic v Bournemouth kicks off at 19:45
⇒ Swansea City vs Wolves kicks off at 19:45
FA Cup fourth round
The fourth round of the FA Cup will see Manchester United travel to Hush Park, the home to Yeovil Tow the League Two club who have a stadium capacity of just 9,565. This draw, sees Manchester United facing Yeovil Town for the second time in just three years, with has seen the red devils win all three matches, but could it be Yeovil Town’s time to shine?
Manchester City have been drawn away to Cardiff City or Mansfield, two tough cookies that could just put the Premier League giants to the test.
The FA Cup fourth matches will take place on the weekend of the 26th to the 29th of January. The full FA Cup fourth round draw is as follows;
⇒ Sheffield United vs Preston North End
⇒ Norwich or Chelsea vs Newcastle United
⇒ Newport County vs Tottenham Hotspur
⇒ Liverpool vs West Bromwich Albion
⇒ Peterborough vs Fleetwood or Leicester City
⇒ Huddersfield vs Birmingham
⇒ Notts County vs Wolverhampton Wanderers or Swansea City
⇒ Yeovil vs Manchester United
⇒ Hull vs Nottingham Forest
⇒ Bournemouth or Wigan vs Shrewsbury or West Ham
⇒ Middlesbrough vs Brighton
⇒ Southampton vs Watford
⇒ Millwall vs Rochdale
⇒ Cardiff or Mansfield vs Manchester City
⇒ Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday vs Stevenage or Reading
⇒ MK Dons vs Coventry
If you think you know everything there is to know about the teams involved int he FA Cup, you can place your bets at many online sports betting sites, to try and cash in on your knowledge. There are a handful of sports betting sites that will provide plenty of betting markets and ways to win, our favourites being Betfair Sports, 888 Sports, Energy Bet UK and Guts Sports.
Sign up, receive a sports welcome offer of a free bet or a 100% bonus and place your football bets. Guts Sports have odds on the lower league teams to win of up to 3349/1 – this is for Yeovil Town. At the moment, Manchester City are favourites to win with odds of 13/4.
VAR Technology – what about it?
Video Assistant Referee Technology, or VAR Technology, is to be used during the FA Cup tie between Brighton and Crystal Palace on the 8th January 2018, but what is it and why is it needed? Like Rugby, football will know have a video assistant referee to make decisions on the ground a little simpler. Arsenal would have loved to have had VAR technology at their recent game against West Bromwich Albion, which ended a controversial 1-1. The referee made a poor decision to award West Bromwich Albion a penalty, because Calum Chambers had no time to react and move his arm out of the way. Incidents like this will go without a hitch, when a video referee can jump in and take a look at the footage for himself.
Crystal Palace will head to Brighton on Monday and roughly 70 miles away, a video assistant referee will be sitting in front of numerous television screens, monitoring the game and any problems that may crop up. This isn’t the only game that will have this technology, as it is being introduced for the following Caraboa Cup semi final matches;
- ⇒ Man City v Bristol City on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 19:45
- ⇒ Chelsea v Arsenal on Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 20:00
- ⇒ Bristol City v Man City on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 at 19:45
- ⇒ Arsenal v Chelsea on Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 20:00
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This isn’t the first time that video assistant referee technology has been used, because it was also used for England’s friendly against Germany and Brazil in November 2017, but it wasn’t needed due to no controversial decisions being made.
What can it be used for?
When it comes to video assistant referees, the international Association Board says that VAR’s are only to be used, to correct clear errors and for missed serious incidents. There are four areas within a football match that can utilize this technology; penalties, goals, mistaken identity and sendings-off.
So, when it comes to a mistake or an error, the referee himself can go to the video assistant referee and ask for guidance, but the video assistant referee can also inform the referee on the ground that he has made a mistake and he can correct his errors and continue as normal. There will be a television monitor on the side of the pitch that the ref can go to, so he can have a look at the footage himself just to be sure. There will be no big screens for viewers at home or the fans at the stadium to take a look at – they must rely on the decisions of the video assistant referee to be honest.
For or against?
In our opinion, the accuracy of any football match is vital, so having a video assistant referee is great, but there are some that say that incorrect calls are part and parcel of the game. But, during the West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal clash, a punter lost out on almost £25,000 in cash, after his bet fell when the referee awarded a silly penalty to the Baggies – I’m sure this punter wasn’t too happy with the ref and would’ve welcomed VAR technology decisions.
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