Some say it has lost its magic and is no longer prestigious, but this years FA Cup should prove to be very exciting. With the title battle a two way fight between the two Manchester clubs, the FA cup could prove to an interesting battle between the country’s other top clubs.

A high intense battle between the two North London clubs could be on the horizon in the cup. Andre Villas Boas appears to have the cup in his sights, with Tottenham fielding a strong team in the 3-0 win over Coventry. There is a sense that AVB takes trophies very seriously, his approach to the Europa League is a fine demonstration of this. Arsenal ‘need’ to win the FA Cup, pressure on Wenger is at its highest from the fans. The defeat in the league cup helped fuel the disapproval, another trophy cannot slip through the grasp. A north London derby semi final wouldn’t be turned down by many. The desperation from both to get one over each other, the game of mind games would prevail between AVB and Wenger. Who wouldn’t want that?

There are, of course some outsiders for the competition. Liverpool came a whisker away from winning the competition last year. A win this year would surely improve Brendan Rodgers’ credentials, he certainly is not immune to the cries of ‘get out’ by the Liverpool fans. A cup win could quieten the doubters. Norwich are another side that have potential to make the cup exciting, their style which opens to winning games through set pieces could lead to success in the cup. A few lucky wins and they could have the cup in their hands.

Despite producing some decent performances in his early Chelsea days, Rafa Benitez will remain an unpopular man. However, this hasn’t stopped his desire and with the title race all but over. The FA Cup provides a chance of silverware and the chance to impress Roman. With the big stars of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard leaving in the summer, it opens it up for the youngsters to blended into the Chelsea setup as well as sending their club ‘legends’ out with a bang.

Therefore out with the criticism of the cup, it beholds some exciting encounters. This is the finest cup competition, lets not have it any other way.