FA Cup Sunday, 6th Round: Open Thread

With the clocks springing forward one hour this morning in the United States, the start-times for Sunday’s FA Cup matches are later than usual (the United Kingdom doesn’t move their clocks ahead until March 28). First up is Stoke City against West Ham United (10am ET, Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv).

In the 128-year history of Stoke City, they’ve never once reached the FA Cup Final. Of the 20 clubs in the Premier League, only they and Wigan Athletic have never made it to the final. Wigan, however, didn’t become a Football League club until 1978. Stoke played their first FA Cup match in 1883.

Let’s hope the match is as entertaining as yesterday’s game between Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers. With the way West Ham United has been playing lately, it’s quite possible they may force Stoke City out of their shell to start scoring goals.

In the other FA Cup match of the day, Manchester City plays Reading (12:30pm ET, Fox Soccer Channel). It’s important that Manchester City doesn’t ahead of itself in this one. Reason being is that the draw for the semi-finals of the FA Cup will be announced before the game starts. City fans and players may be dreaming of a “what if” scenario, whether City will play United in the semi-final or final. But that would be the worst thing to do before playing a Reading side who will be dreaming of their own potential glory and will be committed to causing a massive upset at Eastlands.

Before, during or after today’s matches, post your questions, rants, raves and observations in the comments section below.

7 thoughts on “FA Cup Sunday, 6th Round: Open Thread”

  1. I’ve decided to start watching the Rome derby instead of West Ham-Stoke. Can someone post if that game is looking as good as yesterday’s Bolton-Birmingham game? If so I might say goodbye to Rome.

  2. What is going on with Fox Soccer Plus? They are not showing the Stoke v West Ham match! Is it just my cable service in NYC? Or did someone forget to wake up on time in Los Angeles to turn on the match? This is inexcusable!

  3. What a joke of a network! Someone apparently finally woke up and just ripped off the highlight package they were showing and switched to the Stoke FA Cup Quartefinal 4 minutes and 27 seconds into the match! So it is on, but it appears someone forgot to set their alarm. How can a major network run like that?

  4. Is Liverpool out of Europe next year? One Europa League spot to Spurs (assuming they remain 5th), one to Birmingham (for winning Carling Cup), and one to a FA Cup final participant (winner between Stoke/Bolton or Reading if they win it all)

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