Everton Begins FA Cup Run By Hosting QPR In Third Round
Everton welcome Harry Redknapp and his Queens Park Rangers side to Goodison Park on Saturday. For Everton, it is the case of the 1995 FA Cup winning club managed by the 2013 FA Cup winning manager.
While manager of Wigan Athletic last season, Roberto Martinez, masterminded the defeat of pre-game favorites Manchester City 1-0 in the last running of the Final.
Now Roberto has a dilemma. Obviously having won the FA Cup last season he has been there done that. In the League he has a good chance of getting Everton into the top four with the way they are playing, and the FA Cup could be a distraction to that cause.
Harry Redknapp takes his Championship side Queens Park Rangers to Merseyside to start in a competition the side has never won in their history. In fact they have only ever reached the Final one time in their history. 1982 they faced and lost out to Tottenham in their only outing in the Final of the cup.
Their manager, though, has been there and held the trophy aloft. While manager of the now decimated Portsmouth side in 2008 they got to the Final and managed to beat Cardiff 1-0 thanks to a Kanu goal.
With QPR boss and the owner Tony Fernandes giving themselves two years to get back into the Premier League they may look at this competition as something to get the fans excited. I imagine, if the QPR fans are anything like me with the absence of Premier League football, the FA Cup is the most prestigious thing you can be involved in as an English cup.
If they can get through against Everton then who would bet against good old Harry Redknapp engineering a good cup run to get things excited for the long suffering QPR faithful.
Jason is a soccer writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy and Facebook.