Three things to watch in this weekend's FA Cup action
It's back again with more magic and romance than Gerard Butler in a Lord of the Rings wizard rom com, it's only the FA Cup! So what should we be looking out for?
Will Leeds be able to stop Villas Boas' Spurs?
Andre Villas Boas' team has been in great form recently, and will be looking to avoid a slip up against Leeds this weekend. Leeds however, can still create an intimidating atmosphere at Elland Road for visiting teams, and they'll certainly be looking to grab a scalp from the boys from London.
They will also still remember that the last time they had a club from the capital visit, whe they were crushed 5-1 by Rafa Benitez's Chelsea.
Leeds could also be without Luciano Becchio, who's gotten 19 goals for them so far this season. He's handed in a transfer request after two bids were lodged from unnamed foreign clubs, as it seems the Argentine thinks he can make more money outside Yorkshire.
Tottenham have been quietly going about their business in the league and are currently sitting pretty in fourth place, just four points off their neighbours Chelsea. Villas Boas will certainly relish the opportunity to win some silverware with Spurs to prove his ability in the English game.
Without Adebayor, who's at the Africa Cup of Nations, they have less options up front, but Jermaine Defoe and Gareth Bale, along with Clint Dempsey, have provided plenty of goals this season, and will provide a tough challenge for Neil Warnock, who's beginning to feel the pressure, and his team.
Can Berbatov prove Fergie wrong?
One of the few all Premier League ties of the round, Fulham travel to Old Trafford at 5.30 on Saturday evening, in a game that sees Berbatov return to his former stomping ground.
That said, he never really stomps, he kind of waltzes about the place casually. He may actually be fired up for this game though, seeing as he could have a point to prove to Fergie and his United team mates, who mistook his nonchalance for laziness.
Robin Van Persie is in flying form, and with Fulham's record on the road not being great, you can expect the Dutchman to also be eyeing up their defence while rubbing his hands with glee.
Although Damien Duff started the season brightly, he hasn't been able to replicate that early form recently. The former Ireland great could spark his season back to life with a good performance against United, whose defensive and goalkeeping problems have been highlighted quite a bit this week. We doubt he'll be eyeing up David De Gea because he fancies him either.
Is the next Chelsea manager Brighton's Gustavo Poyet?
Arsenal v Brighton should produce some great football, with Gus Poyet's side posing a real threat. They already defeated a Premier League outfit in the form of Newcastle in the last round, and with Arsenal in a bad run of form and having lost to Bradford already this season, they're no strangers to the challenge that lower league opposition present.
Poyet may be the most likeable manager in football, and has his team playing slick football whilst also bringing them from League One to battling for promotion from the Championship.
This one will be watched all over the world too, thanks to interest from South America to see how the Uruguayan will be getting on, and another big win he could start pencilling his name into some of the big managerial vacancies which will no doubt crop up at the end of the season.
One of those could be the Chelsea job, where incredibly unpopular interim coach Benitez will surely be gone come the summer. With Pep gone to Bayern, Abramovich will need someone else to hire, fire and then pay off before next Christmas, and the former Blues player could be the man in line for the job.
Brighton was also the scene of this infamous clip of Arsenal legend Liam Brady being interviewed after his side drew with non-league Canvey Island. “If my granny had balls...”
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