LONDON – There were a pair of FA Cup matches on Saturday to whet the appetite for big matches on Sunday and Monday.
Liverpool is set to host Blackburn on Sunday, while Arsenal heads to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Monday.
Saturday saw Reading set up a replay for their sixth-round draw against Bradford City, which had already stunned Sunderland 2-0 and Chelsea 4-2 in the tournament.
On a horribly bumpy pitch on a cold, cold day, the sides played to a 0-0 at Coral Windows Stadium in Bradford.
Meanwhile in a combo Midlands Derby/FA Cup match, Aston Villa put a left-footed blast past Ben Foster to give Aston Villa a 1-0 lead, and Scott Sinclair doubled Tim Sherwoodâ€™s joy with a late goal as Villa won 2-0.
Fans leapt onto the field to celebrate with players, almost a direct shot at former Villa boss Paul Lambert, who claimed that the Cups arenâ€™t a big deal. – NBC Sports