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Wigan Athletic vs Millwall, FA Cup Semi-Final Open Thread

wigan millwall fa cup 600x445 Wigan Athletic vs Millwall, FA Cup Semi Final Open Thread

Millwall plays Wigan Athletic today in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley (kick-off time is 12:15pm ET). The victor will play the winner of tomorrow’s semi-final between Manchester City and Chelsea. Plus, either Millwall or Wigan will potentially book a place in next season’s Europa League if/when City and Chelsea finish in the top four in the Premier League.

For viewers in the United States, the match between Millwall and Wigan Athletic is being shown live on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go.

I’m going to hop on the soap box for a minute to say that I find it ridiculous that FOX Soccer decided to relegate the Millwall-Wigan FA Cup semi-final to its sister channel FOX Soccer Plus. This is a FA Cup semi-final. A match of huge proportions for football supporters, and a match that many neutral fans would love to watch. Instead of showing the game live on FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer will be showing Everton-QPR on delay instead. FOX Soccer has done an excellent job of covering the FA Cup this season, but to make this decision for such an important match infuriates me.

Wigan starting XI: Al Habsi, Scharner, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Maloney, Gomez, McManaman, Boyce, Beausejour, Figueroa, Kone.

Millwall starting XI: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Abdou, J. Smith, St Ledger, Henry, Keogh, C. Taylor.

Meanwhile, since when does Wigan’s Arouna Kone play in defense? See screen grab below from FOX Soccer with the line-ups listed in the ticker:

fox soccer flub 600x448 Wigan Athletic vs Millwall, FA Cup Semi Final Open Thread

Here’s Wigan Athletic’s Paul Scharner with a preview of today’s match:

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation with fellow football supporters around the world in the comments section below.

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18 Responses to Wigan Athletic vs Millwall, FA Cup Semi-Final Open Thread

  1. Marc L says:

    Of good lord, I hope there is a Wembley left after those zoo animals from the Millwall support get done with it.

  2. Sammy says:

    I guess I’ll root for Wigan.

  3. Bruce Gottesman says:

    After the McManaman incident v NUFC and the Wigan brass comments after the match, I’d prefer the animals who Marc refers to over the animals running Wigan, so I’m rooting for Milwall

  4. Marc L says:

    “Will the gentleman in the beige Stone Island jacket please report to Wembley guest services”

  5. Fred says:

    Wigan strikes first. What a pass from Kone to find Maloney who scores. Should open the game up now as Millwall will have to go forward more.

  6. RBP says:

    God this is depressing for me to watch.

  7. Marc L says:

    What is crazy is that I think the winner of this match will effectively have an automatic Europa League slot next year.

    I could be wrong about that, but I think if the Cup winner (City or Chelsea) already has a Europa or UCL slot, then the runner-up automatically gets one.

    Wigan in the Europa League would be strange enough. But if Millwall somehow comes back and pulls it out? Continent, shut down the Chunnel pronto!

  8. Marc L says:

    Oh, done and dusted. This actually turned into a pretty decent patch around 60′ or so.

  9. Smokey Bacon says:

    Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    Come on you Lions!

    Totally agree it was a bullsh*t move to put this game on Fox Soccer Plus. It’s no surprise that the Lions get treated like dirt but it doesn’t say much about Wigan either. Clearly they don’t rate in the eyes of Fox.

  10. Smokey Bacon says:

    2-0 to the empty seats. F*ck it :(

  11. Evan says:

    what’s going on in the corner that they’re not showing? lots of violence apparently

  12. Todd says:

    Typical millwall. Agree with talksport, millwall should have to play the rest of their season behind closed doors. Send out some lifelong bans.

  13. Todd says:

    Glad to see millwall out. Even more happy to see Wigan Athletic making it to the final. Certainly deserve it!

  14. Fred says:

    Congratulations to Wigan. A small town club where football is second to rugby. Mr Martinez deserves to get to a cup final as he knows how to coach. Happy for the guy.

    They will be underdogs against either Chelsea or Manchester City so they’ll get a lot of support from the neutrals.

    Now Wigan needs to concentrate on avoiding relegation. They play Manchester City away next on Wednesday and that could be their opponents in the FA Cup final. Will be hard for them to get anything from Wednesday’s game.

  15. Bleed9 says:

    Kone is at the defence cos of his shirt number. He wears 2 and not an usual number for a forward.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Clint Dempsey wears number two, also, but everyone knows that Dempsey and Kone are not defenders.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

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