Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Saturday’s football game at Craven Cottage pits together Fulham and Aston Villa, the two teams who meet for the first time ever in the FA Cup. Fulham suffered an early exit in the FA Cup last term, with the team losing to Oldham Athletic in their opener, meaning that they are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. The Cottagers are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we are positive that they are going to make life difficult for the struggling Villans.
Aston Villa do not seem to be competitive in the Premier League this season, with the team sitting in the danger zone in the standings. Considering that the team’s main goal is to avoid relegation to the Championship, we are tempted to put our money on Aleksandar Mitrovic and Co. this time out.
Highlighted Player (Tim Ream):
After ending his college career at Saint Louis Billikens, Timothy Ream began playing for Chicago Fire at senior level. Speaking of his professional debut, the American footballer played the full 90 mins in New York Red Bulls’ opening match of the 2010 MLS season. On September 11, 2010 Tim Ream scored his first MLS goal in a 3-1 victory over Colorado Rapids.
The USA defender made 58 appearances in the league for the Red Bulls and in 2012 he moved to Europa to sign a contract with Bolton Wanderers. Tim Ream signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the club and he made his debut for Bolton in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Millwall on February 18, 2012.
In 2015 Ream moved to Fulham and he has been playing for the capital club ever since. The footballer, who wears No. 13 on his shirt at Fulham, made his debut for the USA national soccer team on November 17, 2010, in a 1-0 victory over South Africa.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa is one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946.
Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well.
The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.