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FA Cup Final   Chelsea vs Manchester United

Venables and Clough Mark 2 Earlier in the year, José Mourinho and Antonio Conte indulged in a pretty brutal verbal slapfest that threatened to end hilariously in actual fisticuffs, before the dull old FA got involved and warned all parties off. There seems to have been a cooling of late however, in the war between the two managers who will be leading out their sides on Saturday. Yet don’t expect any holding hands à la Venables and Clough in ’91 – the easing of relations is probably due to both managers realising that in the shadow of City, their sparring was very much two bald men fighting over a comb. Given the way Chelsea and United have played this season,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018
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England Squad Announcement

Self-help Guides, Gulags, and Gary Cahill The squad has been announced, and all is rosy in the England garden. A horrible amount of money was spritzed on the video, the hotels and training pitches have all been delicately plucked, and no doubt various PR agencies have pocketed plenty of coin to advise that it really would be time well spent if Gary Cahill spent a morning looking sombre in a gulag. With so much spent and agonised over in terms of preparation, yet hopes of getting out of the group increasingly emaciating with every glance at the squad, England are beginning to represent the sort of goddess who would pop up in a Greek myth – forever preparing to go... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018
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Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town

Low Energy vs High Energy A point (or more) here for the Terriers would kill off not only the battle for survival, but also the possibility that the race for the top four would go to the final day of the season. On behalf of Sky Sports, may we wish Chelsea the very best of luck for tonight. In many ways, it is surprising that David Wagner, who played the end of last season particularly cleverly to keep his players fresh for the play-offs, went all out against City, rather than write it off and go for the two points required against the lesser threats of Chelsea and Arsenal. On first glance, a draw on Sunday showed his gamble paid... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
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Sunday Football on TV – 6 May 2018

4 to Watch Malaga vs Alaves 11am Sky Sports Football Anybody watching this on a gorgeous Bank Holiday Sunday morning must seriously question their priorities and the state of their existence quite frankly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a bet. Malaga may have had their goose cooked for a few weeks now, but they appear to have saved the best until last, picking up some decent scalps of late. Alaves are safe and have nothing to play for, so we see no reason why this meaningless good run can’t continue. A home win is 6/4 with the Betfair Sportsbook. So have a punt. And get out! Caen vs Monaco 4pm BT Sport 3 Monaco are chasing Champions League... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, May 6th, 2018
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Europa League Semi Finals – Marseille vs RB Salzburg

Cleverly avoiding calling the Arsenal – Atletico match Whatever the French is for, ‘there’s only one team in Europe,’ it must have had an airing with some relish in Marseille, who have lasted far longer than big-spending oil-clowns PSG in European competition this season. And for all the talk of Anfield on a big European night, the atmosphere in their home games will always play a factor in games like this. Having consumed Red Bull Leipzig in the Quarters, Marseille will now attempt something very ill-advised indeed – downing two in a row. They are in fine form too – 13 goals in their last three matches, inspired by their dangerman Florian Thauvin. (Another man who has decided to return... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018
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Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

For the right to Kick Salah in Kiev Whilst these aren’t vintage editions of Bayern or Real, it nevertheless should be a delicious 180 minutes of football between these two, particularly as their prospective final opponents don’t exactly look invincible. Much fuss was made last year when Madrid became the first team to retain the Champions League, and given no team has won three in a row since the monstrous Bayern team of the mid 70s (who also sneaked in a World Cup for West Germany in 1974,) one would imagine this Madrid team were one of the great sides of their generation managed by a genius. The truth is however, that they have not even been the best in... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
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Prem / FA Cup 2018 Preview

4 to Watch West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool Having dealt with Manchester United last Sunday, Darren Moore now has an opportunity to pull off another shock, to complete the double against the two most successful teams in our game. And we think he could just do it. Liverpool will have one possibly both eyes on upcoming Champions League antics, and the Baggies are still mathematically alive. Ladbrokes offer 16/1 on a 1-0 home win, but given the most recent appointment as Baggies manager, expect the board to bring in Gary Megson, regardless of Moore’s heroics. Arsenal vs West Ham United The farewell tour begins, albeit with fewer fans and fewer hits than Mr Wenger probably envisaged a decade ago. And... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018
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Cheer Up – It’s the World Cup soon

Midweek Prem Preview Monday – West Ham United vs Stoke City It is beginning to look increasingly like Paul Lambert was hired to get Stoke straight back up next year. Just one win since his appointment and four defeats in a rown has made this a must-win tonight (they also have a horrific goal difference.) Following the kerfuffle against Burnley, things seemed to have calmed down at the London Stadium, as the fans rallied to see them beat Southampton. There was also a creditable point at Stamford Bridge last time out. Just one defeat in six for the Hammers at home, and we fancy a draw in this one at 5/2 on the Betfair Sportsbook. Tuesday – Brighton & Hove... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018
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Prem Preview – 13 April 2018

4 to Watch Southampton vs Chelsea As Conte’s men continue to limp rather lamely over the finish line, many would be of the view that this would be the perfect game for Southampton, and former Chelsea player Mark Hughes. But although Sparky used to be a safe pair of hands at this level, we suspect his hunger left him once he was sacked by City. Linked back then to jobs at Bayern or Manchester United, he is now the poor man’s Tony Pulis. We will opt to back the ambivalent team over the ambivalent manager – surely Conte will want to go out with a couple of wins, and at 5/6 with Ladbrokes, the away win is our bet of... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018
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Champions League Quarter Finals 2018

4 to Watch Liverpool vs Manchester City The guarantee that there will be at least one English side in the semi-finals of old big ears, and the conventional reaction has been that City will be upset with the draw. They did of course lose their only league game so far at Anfield, but they also delivered an almighty spanking to the Reds at home, a result that if repeated, would certainly take City through. Crucially, the first leg is at Anfield, giving City the luxury of knowing exactly what they need to do at the Etihad. Pep’s men are 4/9 to qualify with Ladbrokes. Barcelona vs Roma Very tough to see anything other than the Catalans qualifying. They are even... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2018
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