Wembley here we come Easyodds fans!
It’s FA Cup Final weekend - and I’m up for it.
Wembley Way. Abide With Me. Big-match nerves. That first tackle . . . oh, that first tackle. Yep, that’s right, me and Steve McMahon 34 years ago.
Did I just say 34 f*cking years ago? Jeez.
Not that Chelsea v Liverpool this weekend is likely to be remembered for an early tear-up, although you never know!
Rudiger and Azpilicueta can wind teams up - and I reckon might be on Liverpool’s case from the get-go. That’s surely how best to deal with the red machine just now.
Villareal did it in the first half of their Champions League semi-final and really upset Liverpool’s rhythm - and I fancy Tommy Tuchel will take a leaf out of Emery’s book and put pressure on his opponents from the off.
Thing is, how long can they do it for?
Don't get me wrong, Chelsea CAN beat Liverpool. They have a team full of stars and match-winners, but Liverpool and Man City have been a cut above this season - and that might be the case at Wembley.
What Klopp did at half-time against Villareal was different class. Changes needed to be made, substitutes used, and Liverpool turned it round.
That’s the skill of the man and you’ve got to think, whatever Chelsea throw at him, he’ll have the answer.
I’m going draw half-time, then a Liverpool win - but it could be tight.
There was nothing between them in the Carabao Cup Final after 90 minutes, nor after 30 minutes of extra-time, nor in the penalty shoot-out.
It was only goalkeeper Kepa’s miss from the spot that handed Liverpool the trophy. Incidentally, I doubt Tuchel does the same again and swops Mendy this time, do you?
Liverpool are better now and Chelsea need the end of the season tomorrow! They might be f*cked after a turbulent season off the pitch - but wouldn’t it be so Chelsea to have the last laugh?
So as one of my former clubs my hearts with the Blues, the head says Liverpool.
As for the Premier League action, there’s a huge midweek programme so keep in touch with the team here at Easyodds for all the best advice.
My best bet of the week would be Spurs to beat Arsenal in the North London Derby on Thursday. I just think Conte’s team is better than Arteta, although that’s not to say the Gunners haven't had a good season. They’ve done great after that horrendous start.
But Spurs could have beaten Liverpool. Don’t get me wrong, the shrewd and uncompromising Conte set out his team to do a number on Klopp’s men - and almost did. However, his team can also play great football and they might have too much for Arsenal.
I know it was inevitable, but seeing Watford relegated at the weekend was still a kick in the b*llocks.
It’s been a bad season for a couple of my old clubs in Watford, where I grew up and played as a kid, and then Wimbledon - or AFC Wimbledon as it’s known now. Both will be back I’m sure - so keep the faith!
Sheffield United is another of my former clubs - and I love the Blades. They go against Nottingham Forest in the first leg of their Championship playoff tie on Saturday and hopefully get a decent result at Bramall Lane to take to the City Ground.
It’s me versus my old mate Mark Crossley - let’s have it Norms!
Well done my boy Tony Elliot and the Rogues Gallery Racing Club - they’re racing’s newest stars after winning the Lingfield Oaks Trial at the weekend with Rogue Millennium.
I told you they were a syndicate to watch - and, boy, did they make waves at the weekend and now Epsom is on the cards for this cracking three-year-old filly who’s been expertly handled by Tom Clover.
It was also a great ride from Jack Mitchell, who timed the run to perfection. He didn’t rush things with a filly having only her second race and she will have learned a whole lot from that - well done Jack, and well done Tom and Tony.
You know I love my golf and I’m following the PGA Tour with particular interest given we’re just a week away from golf’s next major the PGA Championship at Southern Hills - and I’ve got a strong play for that next week!
But first it’s the AT&T Byron Nelson. They’re playing at TPC Craig Ranch in Texas and heading Vinnie’s Three Off The Tee is Sam Burns, who went close to winning there last year, back-in-form Jordan Spieth, and outsider Tom Hoge.
They tell me Tom went to college close by so might enjoy his return to Dallas, Texas - and his supporters might to!
Be lucky people. Have a great week.
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FA Cup Final
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Tottenham v Arsenal SPURS WIN
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