League Two Bradford City caused the shock of the 4th round by knocking Premier League Wigan out of the competition on penalties last night to secure their place in the Quarter Final draw.
Basically a suburb of Leeds nowadays, Bradford is the closest thing Leeds United have to a local derby match with just 10 miles between Elland Road and Valley Parade. Despite the proximity of the clubs, their fortunes contrast greatly.
Two divisions and a huge gulf in turnover, wages and stature means this would be a real David vs Goliath battle which Leeds would be heavily favoured to win. However, The Whites have a tendency to under-perform against teams from lower divisions and Bradford will be determined to put on a show against their very own noisy neighbours. Make no mistake, this has the potential to be a classic.
Chelsea v Manchester United (19:45 tonight)
The pick of the fourth round sees Leeds’ two most hated rivals pitted against each other in what should be a feisty encounter, but will more likely be used as a training session for their youth teams
Nevertheless, a Quarter Final line-up between Leeds and the winner of this fixture is sure to excite both sets of fans who will be eager to renew old rivalries.
A first meeting with Chelsea in more than eight years is the more mouthwatering prospect in my opinion, but a QF draw against his former club will no doubt encourage Ken Bates to hang around a bit longer, so much press and attention will surely be too hard for him to resist? It’s like a 63 year old Granny in her birthday suit giving the come hither look to Wayne Rooney – some men are slaves to temptation.
Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur (19:45 tonight)
It’s rare Spurs are the bogey prize of cup draws but considering recent history between Leeds and Norwich City, there’s only one team Whites fans will want to square off against from these two possibilities.
With 75% of Leeds’ League One midfield (Bradley Johnson, Jonny Howson, Robert Snodgrass) now lining up for The Canaries and struggling to cope with life at the top, Elland Road would welcome the opportunity to remind our former heroes of what they’re missing.
Rodolph Austin could probably teach Bradley Johnson a thing or two about shooting from range while we’re at it (without the ball ending up on the M621).
And the rest…
Aston Villa, Liverpool/Swansea City, Arsenal, Middlesbrough
My personal preferences are outlined above but the rest of the teams making up the quarter final draw are hardly undesirable with the likes of Liverpool/Swansea, Aston Villa and Arsenal all joining Leeds in tonight’s draw.
Who do you want in the quarter finals?
Preferred Quarter Final opponents?
- Arsenal (1%, 12 Votes)
- Aston Villa (3%, 26 Votes)
- Bradford City (53%, 429 Votes)
- Chelsea (7%, 56 Votes)
- Liverpool (2%, 17 Votes)
- Manchester United (6%, 52 Votes)
- Middlesbrough (1%, 9 Votes)
- Norwich City (25%, 205 Votes)
- Swansea City (1%, 8 Votes)
- Tottenham Hotspur (1%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 817