Histon hoping to humiliate Leeds in sold-out FA Cup tie
Non-league part-timers Histon are gearing up for “the biggest game in their history” this Sunday lunchtime when they take on fallen giants Leeds in the second round of the FA Cup.
The Glass World Stadium, located in Histon’s twin village of Impington, will be packed to the rafters at kick-off, and the surrounding pubs (all six of them) will no doubt be standing-room-only, as the match is being shown live on ITV1 from 12:15.
After sensationally beating Swindon Town 1-0 in the first round, this is the tie everyone associated with the Stutes wanted. Even though they are 9/2 underdogs in the betting, manager Steve Fallon has described it as “the biggest game in the club’s history”, and he has a valid point.
The opponents come in the shape of ex-Champions League semi-finalists Leeds United, who are not surprisingly odds-on favourites at 8/15. Just seven and a half years ago, the Yorkshire side were lining up against Spanish heavyweights Valencia in the last four of the most glittering club competition in Europe. Following their spectacular - and humbling - fall from grace, they’re now preparing for a second-round FA Cup clash for the first time in more than a generation.
Histon, undefeated in ten matches in all competitions, will come into the game with confidence, and the crowd right behind them. They know they have absolutely nothing to lose, but everything to gain – their cup run so far has already earned them close to £100,000 and should they grab a draw, priced at 5/2, and take Leeds back up to Elland Road their coffers will swell even further.
United should win comfortably, but the loss of star-striker Jermaine Beckford, hat-trick hero in the defeat of Northampton in the previous round, is a big minus. With the 24 year-old missing, Histon’s Nathaniel Knight-Percival could be a good bet to score in 90 minutes – the attacking midfielder has netted three times in the last two games and at 9/2 looks good value to continue that form.
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