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Aston Villa at Arsenal: Anything is possible in ninety minutes

There is a magic associated with the FA Cup and I believe, because it is only ninety minutes of football, that we can win today. The bookies don't think we will and I'm old enough to know that the chances are slim, but there is a chance and when there is a chance, I become a blind optimist for the few hours leading up to the game.

There might also be a great incentive before the match too as the draw takes place (I think) just before kick off and we might end up with a home tie against Stevenage - early passage into the 6th round and if that happens, you never know, that could be the incentive the players need.

So many teams are already out at this stage so there is this feeling of optimism and I feel it, but I'm not going to get carried away. I will if we make it to the final, but that is a long way off and just for a moment, I took off my glasses of hope and realised that the chances of us making it that far are about as likely as Qatar Investments wanting to buy us and Jose Mourinho already having agreed to take over.

Team news and updates

I've got my banter hat on today, even though I'm knackered and need to rest for a few days and even though I feel as if I'm coming down with something. FA Cup Sunday is about banter and we are playing a side with the most likely supporters to turn on their side in the tournament, so if we can get involved and break it up, there is that chance we can create something - you never know.

We have to believe. We have to hope. But at the end of the day it is what happens on the pitch for ninety minutes. Anything and everything is possible.

Updates coming as soon as I get them and you can also follow on Twitter here. Back in an hour.


The team

Given, Hutton, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Ireland, Clark, Petrov, Gabby, Keane and Bent. On the bench is Guzan, Heskey, Barry Bannan, Weimann, Eric Lichaj, Baker and Gary Gardner.