Tottenham vs Manchester United live from Wembley on BT Sport.

Wednesday night sees Tottenham vs Manchester United in a vital clash at Wembley. Spurs will be looking to move into the top four. United on the other hand will be trying to close the gap at the top of the table.

After being held to an FA Cup replay by League Two Newport County, Tottenham will be hoping to move into the top four with a win. Sitting two points behind Liverpool who occupy fourth, it’s vital Spurs don’t lose more ground in the race for Champions League football.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now eight games unbeaten; a run that has seen them win six of their last seven home games. Having firmly ended their ‘Wembley hoodoo’, Spurs need to take use home advantage to beat one of their closest rivals. Having already lost to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City this season, Tottenham need to prove they can beat the best teams and that they aren’t just flat track bullies.

Madrid calling - Spurs' Pochettino and Harry Kane are both wanted by Real Madrid.

Madrid calling – Spurs’ Pochettino and Harry Kane are both wanted by Real Madrid.

With speculation linking both Pochettino and Harry Kane to the Bernabeu, securing more Champions League football could prove key to their futures. With a new stadium to come next season, this further underlines the importance of European football as they look to consolidate their place amongst Europe’s elite.

Five consecutive wins without conceding a goal has boosted Manchester United’s hopes of a second-place finish. Whilst it isn’t what they set out to achieve at the start of the season, Jose Mourinho will be happy with his side’s recent form. Alexis Sanchez made his debut in their 4-0 win over Yeovil, meaning the Red Devils are still challenging for two pieces of silverware. With the Chilean’s addition into an already talented squad, the main question is where he will play.

Lukaku is back amongst the goals for United with 3 in his last 4 games. Photo Credit: The Sun

Lukaku is back amongst the goals for United with 3 in his last 4 games. Photo Credit: The Sun

Personally, I think he would be best suited on the right, as it gives him the chance to inter-change with players like Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard in the number the position. With Anthony Martial’s recent form, he should keep his place on the left, which leaves United with a very quick, dynamic attack, spearheaded by Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian also appears to be finding some form, with three goals in his last four games.

Andre Marriner takes charge of the Wembley fixture. Marriner has only used his red card once this season - could he be using it again on Wednesday night. Photo Credit: Sky Sports.

Andre Marriner takes charge of the Wembley fixture. Marriner has only used his red card once this season – could he be using it again on Wednesday night. Photo Credit: Sky Sports.

Manchester United have lost just two of their last seven games against Spurs and beat them 1-0 in the reverse fixture last year. Meetings between these two sides have been tight in recent years, with just two of the last 11 fixtures being separated by more than one goal. Andre Marriner will be the man in the middle at Wembley, having recently refereed Liverpool’s win over Manchester City. Despite issuing five yellow cards that day, Marriner has an average booking points total of just 28.8 and has only shown one red card this season.

I think this one will be a draw. Away from home, Mourinho would probably take that if you offered it him now, whilst I don’t think Tottenham have enough quality to grab all three points.

The game will be televised in the UK on BT Sport 1 with Kick Off at 8PM GMT.

Prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United.

Suggested tips – Tottenham vs Manchester United – (BET365):

Correct score Betting – Tottenham vs Manchester United – 1-1 draw – (link no longer available)

Both Teams to Score & Over 2.5 Goals – Yes – [bet365oddslink participant_id=’1520130508′ odds=’11/10′ starttime=’1517428800′]11/10[/bet365oddslink]

Suggested tips – Tottenham vs Manchester United – (Skybet):

Kane to score a brace – 9/2.

Lukaku and Sanchez to both score – 17/2.

Martial to score first and United to win 2-1 – 55/1.

BTTS and Tottenham to win – 7/2.


Blackpool vs Exeter City - Match Preview

Skybet League two Playoff Final, Wembley, London 3pm

Blackpool and Exeter will compete at Wembley in the final match of the League Two season for a place in England’s third tier.

The semi-finals could not have been more exciting; both ties finishing 6-5 on aggregate in enthralling contests to reach the final.
The Grecians made it to Wembley courtesy of Jack Stacey’s dramatic 95th minute winner to break Carlisle hearts.
Astoundingly, Blackpool also benefitted from a remarkable 95th minute injury time winner – the ball unfortunately rebounding off Luton goalkeeper Stuart Moore and into the net to send Blackpool fans into raptures.

Blackpool fans protest against owner Karl Oyston

Blackpool fans protest against owner Karl Oyston Photo Credit:

The Tangerines have had an incredibly difficult past couple of seasons; amidst experiencing various off-field problems they have suffered consecutive relegations to find themselves in England’s fourth tier. Only 5000 tickets have been sold and the boycotts organised to protest against Oyston’s ownership of the club looks set to continue to Wembley. In contrast, Exeter have sold over three times as many tickets for the massive clash.
Manager Gary Bowyer has, however, instilled some stability at Bloomfield Road and the club are attempting to bounce straight back into League One at the first time of asking.

Exeter themselves are trying to ply their trade in League One for the first time since 2013 and English football’s current second longest serving manager Paul Tisdale will be confident his side can find glory.

Team News
Gary Bowyer has a full squad to choose from for the big occasion, with every player available for Blackpool after training all week.

Exeter, however, still have Matt Jay and Robbie Simpson unavailable – but have no new injury concerns so Tisdale could name an unchanged side from the semi-final victory over Carlisle.

Ollie Watkins will be key to Exeter reaching League One

Ollie Watkins will be key to Exeter reaching League One Photo Credit:

Player to Watch
Exeter forward Ollie Watkins has received numerous plaudits this season; not least after being awarded of the English Football League Young Player of the Year. The 21-year-old has plundered 15 goals in the league this season; notably his brace against Carlisle to send The Grecians to Wembley. Watkins also has 7 assists, and is noted for his dribbling ability and lightning pace and he could well be the difference in attaining promotion.

Just two points separated the two teams after the entirety of the league season and as such the match is too tight to call beforehand.

However, Blackpool have beaten Exeter in 5 of the last 8 meetings between the two sides and are undefeated against The Seasiders are undefeated in this campaign’s encounters.
Blackpool are seeking success in their record-equalling 7th appearance at Wembley (Crystal Palace are the only other side who can match that total) and will be hoping such experience will be invaluable.

Additionally, Exeter have only achieved a solitary clean sheet in their last 19 outings so this might well be an attacking affair.


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  • Skybet Price Boost – Exeter to win 3-1 – 22/1
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  • Skybet RequestAbet 33/1 to 66/1 – BTTS and Potts, Danns & Aldred to be carded – 40/1
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Arsenal vs Chelsea - Match Preview

FA Cup Final, Wembley, London 5.30pm

Arsenal and Chelsea battle for England’s oldest trophy as Antonio Conte seeks a brilliant league and cup double in what could be Arsene Wenger’s last match.

The FA Cup may not still possess the same aura as days gone by but still provides an excellent spectacle of football at England’s greatest stage – rarely do teams and managers possess the opportunity to etch themselves into English footballing history with victory and this competition provides just that.

The culmination of the English season sees two sides and two managers desperate for victory for completely contrasting reasons.

The Gunners have not won any other major competition bar the FA Cup since the ‘Invincibles’ team of 2004, but are seeking a third FA Cup title in 4 years. This lack of success has seen the discontent amongst Arsenal fans grow and grow and that unhappiness has reached bubbling point – protests demanding change throughout the season against Wenger and the board are illustrated consistently.
This year feels like it may well be Wenger’s last in charge, so the Frenchman would love to solidify his legacy as the most successful manager in FA Cup history and claim a 7th crown.
A 2-1 victory after extra time against Manchester City in the semi-final proves Arsenal can rise to the occasion and the North-London side will undoubtedly believe they can win.

Chelsea’s season is in stark contrast to their London counterparts; after claiming a fifth Premier League title in the past couple of weeks Antonio Conte seeks to become only the second manager to win a league and cup double in his first season and lead Chelsea to become only the third team to win more than one double – after Manchester United and their obstacles to do so Arsenal.

The Blues’ season really began after being outclassed 3-0 at the Emirates in late September – this prompted a change in formation to the now famed 3-4-2-1 and began a dominating sequence of 13 consecutive wins in the Premier League. Chelsea have since never looked back and bar a late resurgence from Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham Hotspurs scarcely looked in danger of claiming a second Premier League title in three years.

Both sides come into the match in excellent form, Arsenal winning their last 5, and 8 of their last 9 since Wenger’s switch to 3 at the back, and Chelsea romping to the title after 6 straight wins to finish the campaign.
Arsenal finished 5th and subsequently missed out on Champions League football, so an FA Cup victory is all Wenger’s men have left to play for to salvage an otherwise incredibly disappointing season. Such motivation should be looked at as dangerous.

Team News 
A theme of Chelsea’s season has been the full squad at Antonio Conte’s disposal. Saturday will be the same as Chelsea hope their consistency in shape and personnel carries them over the line to a fantastic double.

Arsenal, on the other hand, do indeed have serious injury worries – particularly in central defence. Captain and key defender Laurent Koscielny received a straight red card for a rash challenge against Everton so suspension prevents him from leading his side out at Wembley. Gabriel Paulista is still ruled out whilst Shkodran Mustafi remains a doubt providing a real headache for Arsene Wenger should he continue to use his 3 at the back system. Often unused this season; Per Mertersacker is set to play. Kieran Gibbs is also a doubt but other fitness concerns Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez should be cleared to play.

Eden Hazard is amongst the elite players in the world

Eden Hazard is amongst the elite players in the world Photo Credit:

Players to Watch
Eden Hazard has been instrumental in Chelsea’s remarkable season. The diminutive winger has dazzled under Conte and after last season’s blip, has been the usual irrepressible force we are accustomed to. The Belgian international has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season; including a great strike to regain the lead in the FA Cup semi-final against Spurs. Hazard is truly one of the world’s elite players and has the capability to win matches single-handedly – Chelsea will be hoping that he does just that.

Alexis Sanchez scored 29 and assisted 18 goals this season

Alexis Sanchez scored 29 and assisted 18 goals this season Photo Credit:

Alexis Sanchez is the definition of talisman for Arsenal. Despite Arsenal’s wholly underwhelming campaign, the Chilean has flourished with a remarkable best-ever return of 29 goals and 18 assists in all competitions – the highest combined total of any Premier League player. The ex-Barcelona forward’s dynamism and creativity assures constant menace and there is no doubt whatsoever that Sanchez has the confidence to produce a moment of magic at any given moment. The attacking talent on display in this match is vast but it would be hard to back against Sanchez’s light shining brightest.


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  • Skybet Price Boost – Arsenal to win 2-1 – 16/1
  • Skybet Scorecast Boost – Marcos Alonso to score first and Chelsea to win 2-1 – 150/1
  • Skybet Scorecast Boost (Double Chance) – Aaron Ramsey to score first and either Arsenal to win 2-0 or Arsenal to win 3-1 – 200/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet Up to 10/1 – Chelsea to win and Xhaka to be carded – 9/4
  • Skybet RequestAbet Up to 10/1 – Chelsea to win, over 2.5 goals and 12+ match corners – 5/1
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  • Skybet RequestAbet 11/1 to 28/1 – BTTS and Kante, Xhaka & Costa to be carded – 25/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 33/1 to 66/1 – Costa & Sanchez to score and Kante & Xhaka to be carded – 33/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 33/1 to 66/1 – Pedro to score, Chelsea to win and Kante & Cahill to be carded – 50/1
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