Be­ware men­ace of FA Cup min­nows

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LON­DON: Min­nows Lin­coln City and Sut­ton United each hope to take down an­other whale in the fourth round of the FA Cup this week­end.

The duo, who play in the fifth-tier Na­tional League, are the low­est-ranked sides left in the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter both shocked teams from higher di­vi­sions in the pre­vi­ous two rounds.

They face stern tests once again when they play host to clubs push­ing hard for pro­mo­tion to the Premier League.

Lin­coln take on Brighton, who top the Cham­pi­onship, and Sut­ton face Leeds United, third in the sec­ond tier.

Sut­ton man­ager Paul Doswell feels his side have one ad­van­tage in this David v Go­liath bat­tle – the ar­ti­fi­cial pitch at their Gan­der Green Lane ground.

“We have a chance be­cause it is on our pitch,” he said.

Both sides have reached the last 32 be­fore, but it’s been some time.

Lin­coln were last there in the 1975/76 sea­son, while Sut­ton’s shin­ing mo­ment came in 1988/89, when they de­feated Coven­try City of the then First Di­vi­sion along the way.

Two all-Premier League match-ups are on the ta­ble with Ar­se­nal vis­it­ing Southamp­ton and Crys­tal Palace host­ing Manch­ester City.

Southamp­ton hope to con­tinue their fine Cup form af­ter beat­ing Liver­pool on Wed­nes­day to reach the League Cup fi­nal. The Saints will be look­ing to do a dou­ble over Ar­se­nal af­ter beat­ing the Gun­ners in the League Cup in Novem­ber.

Liver­pool look to re­bound from their League Cup de­feat by host­ing Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers. The Reds have hit a bit of a rough patch with one win in seven since the new year and have dropped two straight at home. “We’ve got noth­ing to lose and ev­ery­thing to gain,” Wolves man­ager Paul Lam­bert said.

Hold­ers Manch­ester United take on Wi­gan and Lat­ics man­ager War­ren Joyce is tak­ing a sim­ple ap­proach to fac­ing a team loaded with su­per­stars.“They’ve got two arms and two legs like ev­ery­one else. We’ve got to ap­proach it like that.”

Burn­ley host Bris­tol City, Chelsea take on west Lon­don ri­vals Brent­ford, Le­ices­ter visit Derby, Hull are away to Ful­ham, Mid­dles­brough play Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, Tot­ten­ham host Wy­combe Wan­der­ers, and Wat­ford are at Mill­wall in other games in­volv­ing Premier League sides. – dpa

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