Why the FA Cup could be on its way to Wales
Cardiff/ Portsmouth, Saturday, 3pm, BBC1, bet here
In an early episode of the League of Gentlemen, demented old bag Tubbs Tattsyrup (favourite food: worms) retires to a cave with a road map of Britain. The map comes from the belongings of yet another unfortunate traveller she has done in with her brother/husband Edward, and as she flicks through the pages of this strange document, enjoying a hair sandwich, she suddenly stops and announces in wonder, “There is a Swansea!” This weekend, all those millions of foreigners in their Canadas and their Thailands who have become addicted to Premier League football, with a particular weakness for regular Big Four action, will discover that there is also a Cardiff. They will find that football grown in a less financially privileged environment is so ugly as to be barely watchable. And they will also discover a need for powerful dictionaries to help them interpret all the guff about plucky underdogs and “the romance of the Cup”. Although the Wager generally has little time for underdogs – we like winners! – all our cash is going on a Welsh win.
* Cardiff won their final league game 3-0. The last four teams to score three or more in their final league game before the Cup Final have gone on to win – Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
* With Benjani sold and Jermain Defoe cup-tied, Portsmouth’s top-scorer of the available players Nwankwu Kanu has scored five goals all season.
* The two previous big Wembley games this season – Community Shield and League Cup Final – have been won by the team travelling further.