FA Cup 2018 – Quarter Finals

Sunday Football Leicester City vs Chelsea After two pretty pedestrian affairs on Saturday, Sunday’s offerings should be far more to the casual viewer’s liking. Up first, a team who we first tipped up for the Cup back in January – no, not Chelsea kids – what do you take us for – but the foxy Foxes, who as proven two years ago, can beat absolutely anyone on their day. And what better time to play Chelsea than just after the Messi culmination of their season midweek. It wasn’t too long ago that Chelsea lost to Everton at this stage in the competition, fresh from a beating via the good folks at PSG. A home win at 13/5 with Paddy Power... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, March 18th, 2018
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Sunday Football – 18 March 18

European Action Celta Vigo vs Malaga 5.30pm Sky Sports Red Button Having bagged just two draws from their past 13 matches, there are no prizes for guessing where Malaga will be playing next season. To their credit, they are still fighting in a manner teams such as West Brom could learn from (in the most competitive league in the world natch.) Having scored just five goals in their past 15, one would expect a host of bangings on the seasiders’ results list, but they haven’t shipped more than two since November. A home win and Unders 2.5 is available with the magic sign at 23/10, and that seems a shrewd punt. Marseille vs Lyon 8pm BT Sport 3 Having only... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, March 18th, 2018
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Arsenal vs Manchester City

Only one winner here – or the weather Well at least they are used to playing on a Thursday night. For reasons that are probably so complicated that they would make the late Graham Kelly spin in his grave, the missed match from the previous weekend’s fixtures, is a replica of a fixture that took place last weekend, and now is happening on a Thursday night in the snow. And the truth is it couldn’t be worse timing for Arsenal. It would take a turnaround of extraordinary proportions to transform Sunday’s pusillanimous drubbing into a home win, and one suspects their only chance of avoiding defeat here would be the for the game to be called off due to bad... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2018
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Sevilla vs Manchester United

Another Mourinho Classic With the two English sides expected to have easy wins fulfilling predictions, and the two tough ties both all to play for after 90 minutes, United’s match-up with the other Spanish team has fallen largely by the wayside. Ostensibly, this was a good draw for United, with the Andalusians looking dodgy throughout the group stage, and having never reached the last eight of the European Cup. They are in form however. Vincenzo Montella has replaced Eduardo Berizzo, brought back Steven N’Zonzi to the side, and even managed to get a tune out of Jésus Navas at full back. With Joaquín Correa and Éver Banega both expected to be passed fit, there is certainly a goal threat for... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
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Champions League 2018, Round of 16, First Leg – Chelsea vs Barcelona

One Final in 6 Years!! Having been in a real rut a week ago, the footballing gods kindly served up home fixtures against West Brom (whose only hope of picking up three points right now appears to be via motoring offences) and a hopeless Hull side. Yet if Chelsea are to prevail against far stiffer opposition, they will need Alvaro Morata to recover some of his early-season form, against a familiar foe from his Real days. We all know about how vital this match is to Antonio Conte, but Barca have only reached one final in the past six years (since their schooling of Manchester United at Wembley) – an astonishing statistic given all the stars at their disposal. This... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
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2018 FA Cup 5th Round

4 to Watch Sheffield Wednesday vs Swansea City One of the less predictable grudge matches of the season, sees the perhaps prematurely sacked Carlos Carvalhal (surprise A) take his rejuvenated Swansea side (surprise B) to Hillsborough. And whilst the Swans aren’t quite safe yet, one senses that the optimism of their new manager, and the boost that big FA Cup wins seem to have given his run, mean that he is unlikely to field a weakened side at this stage. Ladbrokes will give you 7/5 on the away side scoring at least two, and that would be our bet of the weekend. Brighton & Hove Albion vs Coventry City Both sides have business to contend with in the bread and... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 16th, 2018
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Chelsea vs West Bromwich Albion

Well Done Everyone! Two clubs who are almost certainly slightly regretful of their behaviours in recent weeks. Chelsea’s absurd demand to win the league every season, has led them to cut Antonio Conte loose almost as soon as it became clear that this year’s state championship would be going to Qatar, not the CIS. With Conte showing no interest in quitting and losing out on a mighty pay-off, and even Abramovich scared to make the move that would involve sacking another manager, the club are drifting, and are now massively unlikely to make the top four, or beat Barcelona next week. And as for those Boing Boing Baggies, they failed to heed one of the most elementary lessons in football... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, February 12th, 2018
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal

Divers against Strivers A true treat for nostalgists this one, as footage galore of “Is Gascoigne going to have a crack – he is you know,” “schoolboy’s own stuff,” and “Lineker using him by not using him,” will drip from our televisions in the run-up to the first North London skirmish at Wembley, since the donkey won the derby back in 1993. Big matches between these two were fairly scarce at that time. With English clubs banned from Europe, a scuffle for 4th was not what it is now, and the two never competed against each other for the title in that era. Yet these days we are accustomed to these matches being a true weathervane for how the season... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018
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Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur

Stop Running Around! Having received the spanking of their season thus far at Wembley back in October, Liverpool will be keenly seeking revenge in this fixture, which arguably brings together the two most intense sides in the division. And it is this intensity that has been the undoing of both in recent years. Spurs tend to start slowly under Pochettino, as it takes some time to build up from pre-season the requisite fitness to play his way. This season, it was attributed to ‘Wembley syndrome’, but the truth is that it has happened each year under their otherwise superb manager. They also tend to finish the season weakly – for the pressure matches in March and April, there does tend... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, February 4th, 2018
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Sanchez Returns Early to North London It has been so long since “its only Spurs” beat Manchester United three times at home, that Wembley had just witnessed its finest hour- 1966 and all that. And it would be a massive boost to the home side’s top four prospects if they could ape that feat tomorrow evening. Having taken just three points in the first half-season of matches against other members of the ‘big six’ (from a thumping at home to Liverpool), one may not fancy their chances, as Spurs’ Achilles heel under Pochettino has been particularly predominant this season. They are unbeaten in eight however, and the lethargy displayed on Saturday at Newport was surely due more to the competition,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
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