FA Cup adds extra spice to St Patrick’s celebrations

Two live quarter finals on BT Sport will be part of a bumper weekend for the licensed trade

St Patrick’s weekend is always a lively one for the pub trade and this year will be no exception.

While your rugby fans will no doubt join those enjoying the Black Stuff as the Guinness Six Nations draws to a close, there’s also more than enough to keep your football fans entertained.

The FA Cup has reached the business end and we will be bringing you the drama of the cup with a double-header on Saturday March 16.

It will be one of the biggest trading opportunities this year and the best venues will seize it with the swagger of Troy Deeney giving a post-match interview.

Getting your message out there will be vital to drawing a bit attendance – so check out our previous story about what people are saying about the FA Cup on social.

Here’s what’s coming your way…

Watford v Crystal Palace

There’s some history to our opener to the weekend. When Palace last made it to the FA Cup Final in 2016 they had to get past Watford in a tight semi final. The sides met at Wembley with Palace coming out on top 2-1 to seal a place in the showpiece. They went on to lose to Man Utd in a final that is perhaps better remembered for Alan Pardew dancing like he’d had one too many when Palace took the lead.  

We’re not suggesting revenge will be on anybody’s minds of course but there will be extra motivation to get to Wembley again. Watford have never won the FA Cup, the club’s best effort was as runners-up to Everton back in 1984.

With the prospect of extra-time and even penalties to decide the tie on the day, it’s going to be a lively start to Saturday’s football line-up at Vicarage Road.

Saturday March 16, 12.15pm, BT Sport

Swansea v Man City

The FA Cup has provided a little light in what has otherwise been a difficult season back in football’s second tier for the Swans. Victory over City and a trip to Wembley would help make up for that in no small measure. However, this is Manchester City we are talking about and since being embarrassed in defeat to Wigan last year they have looked in no mood to be the victims of another FA Cup giant killing.

The smart money will off course be on the Premier League side, but Swansea fans may take a small crumb of comfort from the fact that this tie comes a few days after their opponent’s Champions League clash with Schalke – another game you can see live on BT Sport.

Swansea have only made it beyond the quarter finals twice in their history, and only as recently as 1964. Man City, on the other hand, have won the competition five times, most recently in 2011, to end a 35 year trophy drought.

Saturday March 16, 5.20pm, BT Sport

FA Cup Quarter Finals

Watford v Crystal Palace, Saturday March 16, 11.45am, BT Sport

Swansea v Man City, Saturday March 16, 5pm, BT Sport

Wolves v Man Utd, Saturday March 16, 7.55pm, BBC

Millwall v Brighton, Sunday March 17, 2pm BBC

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