There’s a potential banana skin tonight as Manchester Utd travel to the Sixfields Stadium to take on Northampton Town in the Capital One Cup (KO 19:45).
The Capital One Cup continues on Wednesday with a number of mouth-watering ties in store; and plenty of opportunities for upsets.
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Northampton will hope to spring a huge shock when they take on Jose Mourinho and Manchester United in the 3rd round of the Capital One Cup.
The League 1 outfit will take on Premier League opposition for the 2nd straight season having lost 4-1 to Newcastle last season while they have already beaten West Bromwich Albion in this year’s competition. For the latest team news visit the official Man Utd website here.
The Cobblers have conceded 17 goals in their last three meetings with the Red Devils but will hope to spring a surprise on an United side that is expected to give their fringe stars a run out.
Northampton drew 2-2 with the Baggies in the last round with Alex Revell’s 82 minute goal taking them game to extra-time and then penalties. Saido Berahino and James Morrison would miss for Tony Pulis’ side leaving Kenji Gorre to step up and become the hero with the decisive last penalty.
The prize, a lucrative home time against the Red Devils. The encounter has certainly caught the eye of their manager Rob Page. The former Watford defender has revealed he has been inundated with requests for tickets for the game.
“I’ve had a couple of pals texting me talking about when we used to collect the Panini stickers,” said Page.
“There was a couple of Tottenham and Liverpool fans, and I was Man United. It’s great to have those memories, I’ve always looked out for their results.”
On a more serious note he did add how big an occasion it was for his side, telling BBC Radio Northampton: “It’s a great opportunity for the players and they deserve that for the performance the other night.”
Page and his side will be out to avoid a repeat of some of their past meetings.
The side’s first met in the 1965/1966 season when the Saints were in the old first division.
On that occasion they managed a 1-1 draw however since then in three further meetings they have lost 6-2, 8-2 (1970 FA cup game) and in their most recent meeting, a FA cup tie in 2004, 3-0.
There’s certainly everything to lose for Manchester Utd, who have struggled in recent outings, and there;s little doubt Jose Mourinho will want a straight forward win and an early night this evening.
The Premier League outifit are predictably a short looking 1/4, which should attract the big hitters, while Northampton can be backed to create a massive cup upset at around 14/1.
Stranger things have happened, and it should be a nervy, edgy affair for all those concerned with United.
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