Blue is the colour for both this weekend's FA Cup semis. That’s Leicester blue and . . . Chelsea blue.

That’s right, I’m going for my old team to beat Manchester City and complete a fantastic few days for Tommy Tuchel and the boys after getting through to the Champions League semi-finals.

They’re back from Seville and ready to push on domestically - in the Premier League and this weekend’s FA Cup semi against Pep’s lads.

City might be fresher but were undone by Leeds and my boy Bielsa last week - take a bow son, you’re a tactical genius! 

We only had ten men, but still beat the champions-elect. That must give Chelsea plenty of confidence heading into this game.

But City will be no pushovers. They’re eyeing a domestic treble and Wembley plays to their strengths, but it surely suits this Chelsea team, too.

City are quick on the counter, but the Blues are no slouches. Werner, Mount, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz - they’re all quick.

Defensively both teams are solid, so the midfield battle will be crucial. It seems as if Kovacic misses the game, but Kante’s back - so kick on Chelsea!


Leicester can beat Southampton in the other semi. 

Brendan Rogers needs a response from one or two players who let him down last week and in the long run his no-nonsense approach will work.

Wait until the end of the season for those parties, guys, and concentrate on keeping your team in the top four - and keeping your international places. You only get one chance!

Southampton have done great, but you just feel Leicester overall are too strong. This season Tielemans and Iheanacho have been brilliant and they can get the Foxes into the final - and create even more history for this team.

Both FA Cup games help make it a fantastic weekend for football, with pretty much a full Premier League round of matches as well.

And I fancy more misery for Jose and his Spurs team against Everton. Neither outfit are pulling up trees at the moment, but an early goal for the Toffees might really have Spurs on the back foot - and you wonder how strong they are just now.

Son went down like a sack of spuds against Man Utd. Okay, he got what he wanted - a foul - and the goal was disallowed. But come on! Can you imagine me, or Keano, or Mark Hughes going down like that? Nah.


Sadly it seems part and parcel of the modern game and it’s not going to go away. Thankfully the football can be different class as, as we know. Son and Kane were tearing apart teams earlier this season - they were a joy to watch.

Now Leeds are the neutrals’ favourite. Their football is great and I’m taking them to beat Liverpool in the Monday night game. It should be a fantastic match-up, but my boys are dining at the top table now - and having a right old feast!


Check out all my predictions below.

I should be at Newmarket today as an owner with Rogues Gallery Racing.

We’ve got a runner at the Craven meeting with Rogue Force in the lucky last - it’s a warm-up for the 2000 Guineas. Yes, folks, that’s right, all being well we’re having a runner in one of racing’s Classics!

Rogue Force has been working well and our trainer Tom Clover is hoping for a good run. We’ve got Jack Mitchell up and they’ve already won at Kempton this year. He also ran well when second at Lingfield last month.

This is great for all the boys and girls at Rogues Gallery Racing and when I’m back I’ll be calling the boss Tony Elliot and getting down to the stables.

We’ll watch the gallops and have a slap-up breakfast - after all these LA breakfasts, it’s got to be a full English!

My old mate Colesey tells me Rogue Bear and Rogue Missile are two others to keep an eye - so things are going really well at Rogues Gallery Racing. 

And Colesey ain’t doing too bad either. He works for greyhound trainer Paul Young and they had a good few winners at Towcester on Tuesday - he’s a man of many talents!

Anyway, keep in touch via and @roguesracing_on Twitter.  

I loved the Masters last weekend - and what a ride we had with Justin Rose.

Rosey was one of Vinnie’s Three Off The Tee and led for two rounds and was still in with a chance come Sunday.

But well-done Hideki Matsuyama - and what a great result for golf globally. Hideki is a hero in Japan - the first Japanese player to win one of golf’s majors - and will help spread the golfing word across Asia.

And what about his caddie Shota Hayafuji. What a star he is. Bowing to the course after their Augusta triumph. Sheer class.

We move on to the RSC Heritage at Harbour Town, Hilton Head, this week.

It’s a cracking field with Dustin Johnson at the top of the betting. He had no luck defending his title at Augusta, but you rule out DJ at your peril.

However, I’m going for some bigger-priced players to keep our good recent record going - so eyes down for Vinnie’s Three Off the Tee this week.

Top of the list is Cameron Smith. The young Australian showed up well at the Masters and has enjoyed a great season overall - so go with him along with Corey Connors, who also played well at Augusta, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

Be lucky all.



Vinnie’s best bets


RBS Heritage

Cameron Smith
Corey Connors
Christiaan Bezuidenhout

FA Cup/Premier League


Everton v Tottenham Hotspur EVERTON WIN


Newcastle United v West Ham United DRAW

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sheffield United WOLVES WIN

Chelsea v Man City (FA Cup 90 mins) CHELSEA WIN


Arsenal v Fulham ARSENAL WIN

Manchester United v Burnley MAN UTD WIN

Leicester v Southampton (FA Cup 90 mins) LEICESTER WIN


Leeds United v Liverpool LEEDS WIN