The English Football Association cup, a tournament in which teams In England’s professional set-up are embroiled in a knockout competition over several rounds. The draws are done at random, however the bigger clubs aren’t added to the equation until the 3 round of the tournament.
The tournament is known for its unpredictability, it has a long standing tradition of the lower ranked teams becoming “giant killers” due to their victories over their higher rated opponents, and this year is no different.
Current champions Wigan Athletic have again defeated Manchester City this time in the quarter finals and advance to face Arsenal in the semi-finals at Wembley stadium. They’re a championship side (Divsion 1) in the English league, this is their second successive trip to Wembley.
Joined by Wigan in the semifinals are the gunners. Arsenal have been on a trophy drought for the past eight years, ironically the last trophy they won was the 2004-05 FA cup and coincidentally the last cup final they’ve been to during this trophy drought is also the FA cup where they lost in the finals to Birmingham City (2-1).
Sheffield United, became the first third tier team in the English league since 2001 to make the semifinals of the FA cup (according to yahoo sports) by defeating Charlton 2-0.
last but not in least in the final four of the cup is Hull city. Hull city are currently in the English Premier league and had to defeat their fellow premier league mates Sunderland 3-0 to advance to this years semifinals.
Arsenal should be favorites to end their trophy drought in this years field however with Wigan, Sheffield United and Hull City having proved the “Giant Killer” notion is real, anything can happen and is why games are played on the field and not on paper.
Arsenal V Wigan Athletic 04/12
Sheffield United V Hull City 04/12