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Monday, March 14, 2016

The FA Cup Semifinal Draw and an Important Monday Night Football Match





It's an interesting Monday that begins with the draw for the FA Cup semis at 3:20 PM EDT followed by a key Monday night football match as the Foxes , who continue to surprise us all by topping the table,host second from bottom Newcastle United.Kickoff is at 4 PM EDT.  Toon addressed the issue by sacking Wally in a Brolly on Friday and replacing him with the more respected  Raffa Benitez, who himself, was recently sacked by Real. Will the Spaniard, who has a successful track record be able to make an instant impact by getting an upset result at the league leaders or will it be as stated on the link of the above where it stated that Raffa Benitez starts with tricky fixture that will likely end in defeat? You will have to watch to determine what unfolds

84 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, MUR - thanks for getting us going on an all-important evening.

2:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm still upset that the semis are at Wembley; it diminishes the final.

3:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is a it of a unique semi-final draw in that there’s no team everyone wants to avoid, and no team everyone wants to get.

3:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, mate. I'm glad to enjoy the pleasure of your company. Are you following on the BBC site?

3:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. The winner of the replay at Upton Park is the highest ranked team remaining in the competition. The most recent winner of the remaining teams ins United in 2004 while the most recent finalist was Everton in 2009 , losing to Chelsea, but they rectified that on Saturday

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The draw numbers are :

1. Palace
2. Everton
3. Watford
4. United/ Da Hammers

3:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fab Cap and Di Canio doing Prem commentary on Italian television. A must see for our Bob?

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm just following the Guardian live blog. I've got the office door open, so I don't want to disturb anyone.

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Palace vs Watford

Everton vs the Hammers or United

3:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The teams for the match:

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan (c), Fuchs; Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.

Newcastle United XI: Elliot, Janmaat, Taylor, Lascelles, Colback, Sissoko, Anita, Shelvey, Perez, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic

3:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jonjo Shelvey will skipper the Toon in Raffa's first match in charge

3:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Very imbalanced draw, me thinks. It assures that you've got at least one weak side (Palace or Watford) in the final. Does anyone really relish the idea of watching a Palace v. Everton or Watford v. West Ham match up? Yikes!

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'll be back for the 4pm EST kickoff.

3:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. Looking forward to the pleasure of your company.

3:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Becky Lowe is out. I wonder if she is expecting. She is replaced by a Yank named Sebastian, who is surely a filler.

3:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mutual respect between Ranieri and Benitez.

3:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the King Power Stadium.

4:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A risky perhaps nervous back pass from Wes Morgan, but Kapser does well to find a reammate

4:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Shaky Toon defending from a long throw, but it makes it top keeper, Rob Elliott.

4:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

JAck Colback is on nine yellows. A booking tonight would mean a two match suspension, including the Tyne/ Wear Derby on Sunday against his former team

4:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ayoze wins a corner for the Toon/.

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from shelvey is headed out for what looks like another corner, but it's a goal kick

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm back for a few minutes until my class. Notice in the Leicester line-up that they're playing two up front, plus Mahrez and Albrighton. Very attacking line-up. It's no wonder they're doing well.

First match with Rafa in charge of the Toon.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

One of the more interesting tussles will be between Wes Morgan and Mitrovic.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welcome back, mate. What time does your class begin?

4:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jamie Vardy goes down in the box under a challenge from Janmaat. It looked a fair shoulder charge

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sissokho heads just wide off a nice cross from Ayoze.

4:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mahrez has a shot blocked by Steven Taylor for a corner. It was headed for the corner.

4:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Huth heads the corner from Albrighton just over.

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mitrovic plays a nice pass in the box after a bout of head tennis, but nobody was up to connect

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Colback called for a foul on Mahrez

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL!!! OKOZAKI PUTS THE FOXES IN THE LEAD WITH AN AUDACIOUS BICYCLE KICK

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mitrovic headed out the free kick from Mahrez , albrighton crossed back into the box and it was headed on by a Toon defender. Vardy out jumped Colback and headed on for Okozaki to score.

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A bad first impression by Colback, who cheaply conceded the free kick and was badly beaten to a header by Vardy. Raffa will not be impressed by ginger hard man

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Inches wide by Albrighton , who was superbly put through by Vardy as the Foxes threaten to run rampant.

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wow - I'll look forward to seeing that goal later. The Foxes keep rolling along.

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Raffa getting stick from the home fans. Lovely Jubbly!

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A great finish, but sloppy Toon defending that will not go over well with Raffa

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wijnaldum and Mitrovic collide, going for the same ball that could have been a chance on goal. Raffa is starting to see the problems he has inherited.

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vardy has a shot deflected for a corner after a nice run and pass by Mahrez

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner iss taken short by Fuchs to Mahrez and his cross is headed away by Sissokho.

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A nice Toon possession ends with a long range effort from Janmaat that is high and wide.

4:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mitrovic is several yards offside from a long ball.

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ayoze shoots straight at Kasper after a long ball was headed on by Mitrovic

4:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vardy wins a corner off of Colback. a minute of stoppage time.

4:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rob Elliott does well to catch the corner.

4:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Foxes are one up at the half and Raffa looks none too impressed.

4:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from The King Power Stadium

5:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sissokho trips Mahrez just outside the Toon box.

5:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick is headed out and the Foxes do well to prevent a Toon break

5:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Danny Simpson has a cross go off of Colback for a corner/

5:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rob Elliott punches out the corner from Albrighton then Janmaat fouls Vardy just outside the D after the Toon blocked a couple of shots

5:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick is in the D about a foot outside the box.

5:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Anita blocks a shot from Drinkwater off a short free kick

5:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Janmaat has a shot blocked by Albrighton for a corner off a run and pass from Sissoko

5:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is headed down and easily gathered by Kasper.

5:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andros Townsend came on for Anita.

5:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ayoze has along range effort come off the side netting off a long Toon Possession. It actually came off of Kante for a corner that is punched away by Kasper.

5:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sissoko gives away a free kick as Schlupp is on for Okozaki, the goal scorer.

5:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wiljnaldum heads out the free kick from Albrighton.

5:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Looks like Leicester are hanging on to their slender lead.

5:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hand bags between Danny Simpson and Mitrovic. Craig Forson has a word with both

5:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. That is correct. The Toon have better the second half

5:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Schlupp has a shot come off of Janmaat for a corner. Mitrovic heads out the corner from Albrighton

5:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Siem De Jong is on for Ayoze.

5:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Danny Simpson fouls Sissoko

5:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ulloa, who came on for Albrighton , headed out the free kick from Ahelvey

5:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sissoko has a volley blocked for a corner

5:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Foxes counter off the corner from Shelvey

5:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Shelvey fouls Vardy in midfield.

5:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A great pass and De Jong miss hits a shot straight to Kasper.

5:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice from Raffa as Doumbia is on for Shelvey as Raffa has thrown on an extra striker.

5:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rafa is going all in for the point, eh?

5:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great block by Colback from Mahrez ox a Foxes break.

5:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes he is.

5:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Claudio urging the fans to raise the volume in the final few minutes

5:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Schlupp keeps the ball by the corner fl;ag and wins a corner.

5:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time

5:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A short corner leads to another.

5:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A long range effort from Mahrez is high and wide.

5:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vardy wins a corner off of Colback

5:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's taken short and the final whistle blows to the relief of Claudio as the Foxes hang on to a 1-0 win and maintain their five point lead over the Spuds. Raffa sportingly congratulates Claudio as the Toon remain second from bottom a point behind the Canaries and Black Cats.

5:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it for me.

CHEERS!

5:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheerio, mate - I enjoyed reading your comments.

5:53 PM  

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