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Can Crawley Town pull off FA Cup giant-killing?

See the latest odds on non-leaguers cup tie against Manchester United

Posted Feb 18, 2011 by Jeff Dawson

The greatest domestic cup competition in the world reaches the fifth round stage this weekend and all its romance is well and truly alive as non-league Crawley Town travel to giants Manchester United in the stand-out fixture.

The FA Cup is a magical competition. Every year it is unpredictable and giant-killings are part and parcel of the make up of it that makes you believe that perhaps, just perhaps, Crawley could pull off the shock result of the 2011 competition and get a result at Old Trafford.

Admittedly the odds are firmly stacked against them – 20/1* with Ladbrokes at present – but football is a funny old game and it is this kind of fixture that draws fans into the sport and endears them to it forever.

In reference to Biblical analogy, it is a real David versus Goliath tale – and we all know what happened there! Obviously, the head says a United win and a comfortable one at that but the heart is hoping Crawley can pull off one of the most memorable and magical shocks in the FA Cup’s recent history.

Elsewhere in this competition, we see the fourth round replay between a misfiring Chelsea and a struggling Everton at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea were lucky to escape with a replay from the original tie and it will be interesting to see if they start to fire here.

New-signing Fernando Torres will no doubt come good but at the minute he’s looking like a very expensive mistake and his body language is the same as it was when he was leading the line for Liverpool. Maybe he’s realised that like the Merseysiders, it is a time of rebuilding at the Bridge – even though it’s not to such a degree. Chelsea are an ageing team and their most important and reliable players are all over 30. John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka are all reaching the latter stages of their careers and to replace such talent isn’t going to be easy.

Back to the game, a game that promises to provide some fireworks, whether that be lots of goals or simply lots of nastiness! Everton will be looking to get in their opponents faces and stir things up and with the pressures of the league firmly off their shoulders they are the team with nothing to lose and everything to gain whereas Chelsea are expected to go through and challenge for this piece of silverware.

Chelsea are at 4/7* whilst you can get odds of 5/1* for an Everton win. How about a cheeky Crawley-Everton double at 126/1*?

*If you are going to bet, please gamble responsibly and sensibly.

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