Lincoln could meet Sutton, Chelsea host United in FA Cup

first_imgBy Ian ChadbandLONDON, (Reuters)-Lincoln City, the first minor league team to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in 103 years, were handed a tie at either 12-time winners Arsenal or fellow National League club Sutton United in Sunday’s sixth round draw.The glamour fixture sees Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho returning to Stamford Bridge with the holders and 12-time FA Cup winners to face his old club Chelsea, the Premier League leaders.Lincoln, who play in the fifth tier of the English game, could feature in a unique last-eight tie as a reward for their sensational 1-0 win at Premier League Burnley on Saturday.Should the two National League clubs meet it would guarantee the outlandish feat of a minor league club making it to the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium for the first time.First, Sutton have the monumental task of winning their own dream tie at home to Arsenal in the fifth round today.Lincoln manager Danny Cowley, who watched the draw at the club’s Sincil Bank ground surrounded by cheering fans, called it a “win-win” draw for the team who top the National League.“It’s great. We wish Sutton all the best tomorrow – I genuinely hope they can do it. If they can, then fantastic,” he said.“For us, it’s a win-win, we either play Sutton for a place in the semi-final or we have a fantastic tie away at Arsenal.“It’s completely surreal. I feel like we’re going to wake up at any moment.”Sutton are 17th in the National League, 104 places below Arsenal in English football’s league pyramid.Lincoln face the prospect of a visit to either Sutton’s ramshackle 5,000-capacity Gander Green Lane ground or Arsenal’s 60,000-seater citadel, the Emirates Stadium.When Chelsea’s most successful manager Mourinho, who won the Cup with the Londoners 10 years ago, went back there in October he suffered the most humiliating defeat of his United reign as Antonio Conte’s men won 4-0 but that was their last league loss.After United won a hard-fought contest 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers yesterday, Mourinho could look on a resurgence that has seen his side carve out the longest unbeaten league sequence — 16 matches — in any of Europe’s top five leagues this season.Tottenham Hotspur, who eased their way into the last eight with a Harry Kane hat-trick seeing off Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage, next host third-tier Millwall, who knocked out Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday.Spurs fans looking for a happy omen quickly latched on to the fact that when they won the Cup in 1966-67, they beat Millwall in the third round on the way to picking up the trophy.Middlesbrough could host an all-Premier League tie against Manchester City if Pep Guardiola’s side, as expected, beat Huddersfield Town at the second time of asking following Saturday’s goalless draw at Kirklees Stadium.Two years ago, City were knocked out 2-0 by then second-tier Middlesbrough at the Etihad Stadium in the fourth round.Sixth-round Draw (Premier League unless stated)Chelsea v Manchester UnitedMiddlesbrough v Huddersfield Town (II)/Manchester CityTottenham Hotspur v Millwall (III)Sutton United (NL)/Arsenal v Lincoln City (NL)Ties will be played from March 10-13.last_img read more

Better Collective heads EGR’s 2018 Power Affiliates list

first_img Share Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Share Submit Highly regarded provider of betting tips, bookmaker information and gambling tools, Better Collective has been named as EGR’s number one in the Power Affiliates 2018 list.After impressing judges with criteria such as business and commercial success, M&A activity and regulatory and compliance procedures, Better Collective was picked out to be a leading power within the iGaming world.The list was narrowed down to 25 of the most successful affiliate businesses in the gambling industry by nine judges, including affiliate managers, consultants and digital marketing experts. Other industry leaders such as Catena Media, XLMedia, Raketech, and Oddschecker respectively rounded out this year’s top five.Jesper Sogaard – Better CollectiveJesper Søgaard, Founder and CEO of Better Collective, said: “We’re very honoured to be named number one in this prestigious list, and we will do our utmost to remain at the top of the affiliate industry.“Being recognised at the top of the EGR Power Affiliates 2018 list, is a testament to the very talented people who work at Better Collective, and I’m proud to be the CEO of this great team. We’re continuing to grow, and our aim is to maintain our strong focus on delivering on our vision to empower iGamers through transparency and technology.”Better Collective provides a range of bookmaker information and innovative gambling tools, including bettingexpert, its flagship tipping product providing pre-match and in-play tipping, and SmartBets, the customisable odds comparison website making it clearer than ever to find betting value. Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more