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Should the FA Cup replay’s be scrapped?

Following the New Meadow 2-2 draw with Shrewsbury and Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp stated his first team players, nor himself, would appear in the replay back at Anfield.

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Shrewsbury’s Jason Cumming’s scored the equaliser on Sunday to take the tie back to Merseyside.

Since Klopp’s arrival to the Premier League he has shown no happiness towards the busy December period and the replay format of the cup, it seems he believes the players are requested to play too often, hindering their physical capability and lack of recovery time. Despite this, his team way ahead at the top of the Premier League do not seem to be suffering on the whole. A factor which is potentially being interpreted as ignorance when their competition is from the lower leagues who play more games than those in the top division with remarkably less money and resources.

A recent discussion on BBC Radio 5 Live heard how Great Britain hockey star Samantha Quek argued the FA Cup replay’s should be scrapped and the format should be changed to two separate pots of Premier League and Championship teams and another of the lower divisions. A disgruntled Tranmere fan was on the phone to explain how much the FA cup meant to a lower league team, not just financially but sentimentally, and rightfully so.

The FA Cup ties and replays are renowned for bringing extra revenue to smaller clubs which can become a vital input for changes that Premier League clubs do not have to think twice about. Shrewsbury manager Sam Ricketts explained how the money from the return trip to Anfield would allow for improved drainage of the pitch and cameras for analysis to be used in games. Something Premier League regulars may take for granted.

The FA Cup allows for extra distribution of money which is circulated within English football, vitally this money can reach the lucky lower league teams who make it through the rounds. But it is also the importance of sentiment that the cup brings. For a supporter, the FA cup can be a magical occasion and allows for that chance to visit a Premier League ground to watch their team play against some the world’s greats. Similarly for a player, who may have finished a day working, to then take to the stage lined up against world famous players, a great euphoric feeling which can’t be replicated.

Yes, the Premier league may be tasking for players who play a higher standard week in week out, but they are professional. Their clubs, if anything out of respect, should participate thoroughly in an FA Cup game as if it was any other game.

Morecambe v Walsall – Match Preview

Tuesday (17th September 2019) will see The Shrimps Host Darrel Clarke’s Walsall Side in what will be a Interesting game on the Lancashire Seaside Coast.

The Shrimps will go into this game hoping for their first home victory of the season, making it their second so far. In their last game, Jim Bentley’s side suffered a 3-0 to a very poor Scunthorpe side, goals from Proctor, Van Veen & Lund, saw the Shrimps off in what was a very one sided affair In North Lincolnshire.

Also the Saddlers will be going into the game hoping for their second victory of the season. In their last game they suffered a 1-0 defeat to a very in-form Bradford City side, an own goal by Kinsella made sure that the Bantams took three points in the Midlands.

Last time The Shrimps faced the Saddlers was back in 2015 in the first round of the JPT (now known as the Leasing.com trophy). Jim Bentley’s side managed to see off the Saddlers in what was a 2-0 comfortable victory for the Shrimps, goals from Jamie Devitt and Tom Barkhuizen secured the shrimps a place in the next round of the JPT.

Both sides have had an equally poor start to the 19/20 League Two campaign:

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Walsall P8 W1 D3 L4

With both sides only winning one fixture this season, this will be one very interesting affair at the Globe Arena.

Salford City-a club on the up

After four promotions in five seasons, Graham Alexander’s side are looking favourites to add another one to the tally. The Ammies have made a start to their transfer business by bringing in a selection of players, one stand out being Richie Towell , a regular starter in the Championship for now-relegated Rotherham. The midfielder will join an Ammies side consisting of fellow Irishman, Adam Rooney, who impressed for Aberdeen in the Scottish top flight before dropping down to the National League in the Summer of 2018 for an undisclosed fee.

It is no secret that the strong financial backing of Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, and the Class of 92 who took over the club in 2014, has transformed this Greater Manchester club completely; they are barely recognisable as the club they were pre-takeover. They even play in a different colour.

 With the National League being a very difficult league to get out of, you might think Salford would try and maintain their place in the football league aiming for a mid table finish but City have shown their newly found fellow League Two teams that they aren’t planning on sticking around, with their transfer business speaking for itself. So the question is why can’t they go up again?

Many lead bookmakers think they can, tipping them as favourites to win the league. However, in football, a hefty budget does help, but it doesn’t guarantee success. The correct decisions must be made, and as Salford attempt to climb up the leagues it will get more difficult for them, coming up against teams with a lot bigger fanbases and large budgets. But with the squad that they are assembling most would predict the Ammies to be there or thereabouts the top end of League Two come the end of the season.

I don’t think anybody really believes that Salford City’s journey will end in the fourth tier and time will only tell how far they can really go.

Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

Football Rule Changes Ahead of 2019/20 Season Start 1 June

Football is set for a change in some of their rules across the world in Domestic Football which all start on June 1.

The rules have been introduced and amended by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), who are the self-described “guardian of the laws of the game.”

The new rules come into effect on Saturday 1 June, although, competitions which started before the date can opt to keep the old laws in play until the competition concludes.

We at 24/7 Football takes a closer look at which of the key rules have been altered…

Accidental handball
From next season, any goal which is scored with the arm – accidental or deliberate – will be disallowed. Similarly if an advantage is gained in the build-up to an attack by the use of an arm, a free-kick will be given, however, this doesn’t apply to defenders inside their own box.

If a defender “accidentally or deliberately” handballs inside his own area the decision will still be left to the interpretation of the match officials over accidental or deliberate use.

Goalkeepers, as things stand, are supposed to remain on their line during a spot-kick, however, this rule has been altered. The new rule says they must have one boot on the line when the ball is struck, whether this will be enforced correctly will remain to be seen.

Keepers will also not be allowed to touch the frame of the goal (e.g. make the crossbar shake) and aren’t allowed to “feign movement one way” in an attempt to bluff the taker.

From 1 June, players will be allowed to receive goal-kicks from inside the penalty area. The old rule stated that the ball couldn’t be touched by a team-mate until it left the area, but this rule makes sense.

Opposition players, however, still won’t be allowed to enter the penalty area until the ball is “live” (once the goalkeeper takes the goal-kick)

In a bid to stop time-wasting, players will now be permitted to leave the pitch at the nearest point when they are being substiuted.

This is instead of making the long journey across the pitch, taking up vital second, normally happens in the closing stages of games.

Drop balls
Instead of a drop-ball situation going forward, the match official will now give the ball back to the team who last had possession before play was halted.

Whether they will return the ball to the opponent if the situation dictates is entirely upto them, as the refree can’t enforce this.

Defensive Wall
If there or more than three defensive players in a wall at any free-kick – so more often than not, any time a shot at goal will be struck – no opposition players will be permitted to join.

The attacking side must remain at least one yard away from the wall, which will put an end to any pushing and shoving when the free-kicks are taken between the two teams.

Coin toss
Instead of just picking ends, the captain who won the coin toss will now be permitted to choose if they want to kick-off or not.

Coaches booked
This rule is already enforced in the EFL and we’ve seen it during the Championship games, head coaches/managers and their staff can now be cautioned with yellow and red cards if their behaviour deems so.

The EFL brought the rule into play at the start of the 2018-19 campaign, however, it will now be used across all of the competitions.

So there we have all the key rule changes, let us here at 24/7 Football know your thoughts on the rule changes. Are you happy with them? Are you unhappy with them?