Dream trip to London up for grabs as contest enters its final week


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  • Saturday, 24 Jan 2015

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As we enter the fourth round of FA Cup fourth round today, football fans dreaming of the money-can’t-buy grand prize of a trip to UK in March have the last chance to participate in The Star-Tiger FC Real Pitch Contest.

The grand-prize winner will be rewarded with a 4days/5nights all-expenses-paid trip to London to enjoy football like never before.

The contest, which started on Jan 3 concludes today with the last question, coupled with a slogan to be completed in less than 20 words. Contestants must send the answers to thestar.realpitch@tigerfc.com.my

The closing date for entries is Jan 27.

Tiger FC has regularly organised football viewing parties and judging by the response from fans, it has been overwhelmingly popular with lots of activities and goodies for fans to take part in and win.

Last month, Tiger FC launched a contest on its social media platform where fans were required to send a 15-second video on how they would “Uncage Their Passion for Football” via Instagram and submit it by tagging @TigerBeerMy with the hashtags #TigerFC, #TheRealPitch and #UncageYourPassion.

All correctly tagged entries were linked automatically to Tiger FC’s The Real Pitch Facebook Tab on its Facebook page. Fans could also share their entries from the tab’s gallery and challenge their friends to submit an entry themselves.

The result of the Tiger FC Instagram contest has since been announced and 19-year-old Vishaan Kumar, a Manchester United fan from Johor emerged as the lucky winner and will be off to London to enjoy the English Premier League action.

This week, it is time again for the romance of the FA Cup. There are some potentially tricky ties for the big guns, who are eager to qualify for the next round.

Defending champions Arsenal face a potential banana skin when they visit Championship strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium tomorrow.

Brighton returned to winning ways with an impressive 3-2 victory over high-flying Ipswich Town at the Amex in midweek and will go into this game with nothing to lose.

The victory was Albion’s fourth in their last five games in all competitions but, more importantly, opened up a six-point gap between themselves and the bottom three.

Arsenal themselves are on a high after seeing off Manchester City 2-0 at the Emirates in a game where they were hardly threatened and ended up comfortable winners.

It will be interesting to see if Arsene Wenger rings the changes knowing that Brighton will be a tough nut to crack at home.

League leaders Chelsea should have too much for League One side Bradford at Stamford Bridge.

Even though the Blues had a tough midweek game against Liverpool in the League Cup, there is a huge gulf in class in this game and anything else but a home win will be one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup history.

Man City will do well not to treat visiting Middlesbrough lightly when the teams clash today.

Boro are fighting for promotion from the Championship and are doing quite well. They sit second in the table, just a point behind leaders Bournemouth, and this will be a tough game for the Citizens but I feel they will nick this one by the odd goal.

Liverpool, meanwhile, will entertain Bolton at Anfield where the Reds fans will surely have a warm welcome for former striker Emile Heskey.

Bolton striker Heskey said this week that he is delighted to be going back to Liverpool as a player in the FA Cup when only a few months ago he was working for the club’s TV channel.

“It’ll be wonderful thing to go back to Anfield, only a few months after I was working on LFC TV” said Heskey.

Bolton are neither here nor there in the Championship, sitting 15th in the table with no hope for promotion and barely any worries about relegation. But their players should be up for this game as they get to play one of the sides they regularly compete against when they were in the top flight themselves.

Liverpool should win this game comfortably in my opinion.

There are two all-Premier League ties to look forward to when high-flying Southampton entertain a rejuvenated Crystal Palace, while Tottenham welcome Leicester City.

With home ground advantage, the Saints and Spurs will be tipped to go through to the fifth round.

For all you football-crazy fans, the chance of a lifetime to watch the EPL live in London is up for grabs so grab this chance and send in your entries together with your most creative slogan before deadline day on Jan 27.

Watch this space next week for the announcement of the winner. Enjoy the weekend football and good luck!

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