Upsets in the domestic cups, Carabao cup and Fa cup, are not new. Small teams considered as the underdogs have many times done the unexpected and defeated the so-called favourites.
With the Carabao cup reaching its end and Fa cup coming into action we have seen many upsets and are about to see many more.
The latest upset marks Bristol City defeating Manchester United (2-1) in the Carabao Cup Quarterfinal. Manchester United were seen as the favourites to win the match and to qualify for semifinals. But Bristol City who are in a brilliant run of form did the unexpected and their stoppage-time winner stunned the EFL Cup holders Manchester United.
And this is not the first time this season that Bristol have eliminated a higher league team in the Carabao Cup. They have been turning the tides since the start of the tournament. United are not their sole victim, Bristol have done 4 upsets in consecution in the cup.
Bristol City becomes the first lower league team to beat four consecutive higher league teams in a cup. They have faced premier league teams in the last four rounds of the cup and defeated them all. Who would have thought that the team which was considered to be eliminated from the competition in the second round only have now reached the Semifinals of the cup. Another upset and they might reach the finals for the first time.
Bristol’s incredible feat started in the Round 2 of the cup where they faced Watford, a premier league team. Watford were clearly the favourites to win the match. They scored the opening goal of the match but a second-half fightback from Bristol city saw a Carabao cup upset at the home of Premier League Watford. Bristol won the match (Watford 2-3 bristol city) and qualified for the next round.
After a tough draw, Bristol expected for an easy opponent in the third round but were disappointed as they again were drawn against a premier league team, this time it was Stoke city. Bristol City added another Premier League scalp to their repertoire in the Carabao Cup by overcoming a strong Stoke City at Ashton Gate. Bristol finished the match 2-0 throwing Stoke out of the competition.
In the fourth round, that is, the round of 16, Bristol were drawn out against Crystal Palace, another premier league side. Eliminating two premier league sides from the tournament, this time they started the match with confidence. Palace scored the opening goal and got the lead but this lead was levelled after 20 minutes of the first goal as Bristol scored their first goal. Bristol went on to win the match 4-1. Bristol City qualified for the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup for the first time in almost 30 years, after coming from behind to secure a comfortable 4-1 win against a struggling Crystal Palace.
In the Quarterfinals, Bristol were drawn against the holders Manchester United. Mourinho fielded a strong side, both Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic started the match alongside Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. Bristol won the match 2-1 as Korey Smith’s 93rd-minute goal sealed a memorable night at Ashton Gate, sending City through to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, at the expense of Manchester United.
In the Semifinals, they face Manchester City, the best team in the world right now. Will they be able to upset the Guardiola’s side?
This is proving to be a dream season for Bristol City. They have reached the Semifinals of the league cup after 30 years. They are currently sitting in the third position with two points clear in the Championship and could earn promotion to the Premier League for the first time.
They face Watford again in the Fa cup and can we expect another series of upsets in the Fa cup?