Tag Archives: FA Cup

How are your prediction skills?

The competition is now closed but you can still order David’s book and get a 25% discount with the link in this article. Around a year ago I met, in a virtual sense, David Sumpter, a professor of mathematics at … Continue reading

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West Brom underdogs in “giantkilling” for third time

The most immediately eye-catching result of this year’s FA Cup fifth round has to be Reading’s 3-1 defeat of Premier League West Bromwich Albion. Reading are languishing in 16th position in the Championship while West Brom look all but safe … Continue reading

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Again no FA Cup third round shock

This year’s FA Cup third round is now complete and, for the second year in a row, there hasn’t been a genuine shock result at this stage of the competition. This season and last join 2004/2005 and 2011/2012 as the … Continue reading

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Oxford beat Swansea – another non-existent FA Cup shock

Oxford United’s 3-2 win against Swansea City marked the first time in four years that a fourth tier team had knocked a Premier League team out of the FA Cup. In 2012, League Two club Swindon Town beat the Premier … Continue reading

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538 bracket coverage doesn’t differentiate itself from old media

Currently the top story on Nate Silver’s relaunched media venture fivethirtyeight.com suggests that the odds of entering a perfect March Madness bracket are much much better than many people think. The problem is that the headline is misleading at best. … Continue reading

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The FA Cup ‘giantkillings’ that never were

FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic beat Crystal Palace in this year’s FA Cup fourth round, a match which seemed to sow doubt in the minds of some reporters in terms of how they should present a result which would normally … Continue reading

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What is a giantkilling?

The 2013-2014 FA Cup fourth round is in full swing with Arsenal’s 4-0 victory against Coventry City and Nottingham Forest’s goalless draw with Preston North End already consigned to the history books. Part of the romance of a cup competition … Continue reading

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