Cup Upset

Cup UpsetWhat is the meaning of the phrase ‘Cup Upset’ in football?

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Cup Upset

It’s FA Cup time again and clubs from the lower leagues that are still involved in the competition will be hoping to cause a surprise by beating a team from a higher league such as the Championship or the Premier League and this is known as a cup upset. Perhaps one of the biggest ever cup upsets (or cup shocks) took place in 1989 when a non-league team, Sutton, defeated top tier team and FA Cup holder Coventry City – a famous win indeed. Cup Upset.

  • Example: The League 1 side defeated the Premier League leaders 3-1 to cause one of he biggest cup upsets of the season.
  • Example: With more money at the top level of the game it has become more difficult for lower league teams to cause a cup upset these days.

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