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Aston Villa v Fulham

FBENG Championship > Promotion Play-offs - Final-17

2018-05-26 18:00:00 (This report was created at 2018-05-23 16:23:04)

Middlesbrough failed to open up the Villa defence, marshalled by John Terry, over the two legs and there is no guarantee that Fulham will be able to score against Villa either. I am the first to admit that Fulham have much more to their offensive game than the rather predictable Middlesbrough, but I also know that the Villa boss Steve Bruce, once a top defender, will have a plan how to stop the faster, more imaginative Fulham attacks.

Middlesbrough are not playing like Fulham, a Fulham side preferring to keep the ball on the deck. Thinking about it, playing against Middelsbrough probably suited John Terry better than facing the more technical Fulham team.

Elmohamady, the Villa right back, is a major injury doubt. J Bree replaced Elmohamady against Boro in the second leg, but Bruce desperately wants Elmohamady back for this final.

Fulham are the favourites and rightly so, but If they really are worth backing in this final it is another story.

In the Championship this season home advantage was desicive in their two encounters with Villa winning before Christmas and Fulham took their revenge at Craven Cottage a couple of months ago.

I can see myself making a new attack on the 0-0 score line, or maybe I will get some new ideas on the live market.

-Chris


Real Madrid v Liverpool

FBECUP UEFA Champions League > Final-17

2018-05-26 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2018-05-23 16:28:02)

If you thought the FA Cup final was boring ( it was) prepare yourself for the entertaining kind of football in this final.

You know there will be openings in the Real defence when their wing backs are Marcelo and Carvajal and the Liverpool defence? Well they conceded four goals away to Roma, did they not?

About Marcelo. He is one of the best players in the world, in my opinion, but this so called defender does not know a bit about defending.

Anyway both Ronaldo and Carvajal were back playing for Real at the weekend and the best team in Europe these last years will come to this final at full strength. If they will be in their best form, or not I would not know, but they have yet to reach their standards from last year, but they are still once again in the Champions League final.

Liverpool have been better, I think and they are my favourites in this game.

Emre Can is the one who could be back for Liverpool and also J Milner is fit to play again.

Too often big finals, big games can turn into some kind of anti climax, but in this case it is close to impossible.

Zidane is of course aware of the deadly dangerous Liverpool counter attacks, but his players are so offensive minded that it takes a lot of convincing to slow his players down. Last year Real played some fantastic football in the final and in that form there would be no stopping them, but it was last year and they have not been close to that form this season

It is Salah’s year, is it not and it is Liverpool’s year, think.

Backing Liverpool and over 3.0 goals.

-Chris


Rotherham v Shrewsbury

FBENG League One > Promotion Play-offs - Final-17

2018-05-27 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2018-05-23 16:25:00)

Two hard working, honest teams coached by two former team comrades. It is all about the team for these two managers and I expect an extremely tight affair at Wembley Stadium.

If there is a God, who says he is interested in so called justice? I do not think there is any God out there and in that case he/she does not care a bit about justice. Shrewsbury lost the Checkatrade Trophy against Lincoln earlier this year and that final took place at Wembley and some are saying that Shrewsbury are worth a win in their second visit to Wembley in such a short spell. I do not care for that kind of nonsense.

Jon Taylor, the Rotherham forward, was not 100% ready in their play off game against Scunthorpe. Still he came on for the last 25 minutes of the game and I take it for granted that he will be ready to play from the start in this final. Or J Newell will carry on, I do not know.

Before Christmas Shrewsbury won at Rotherham 2-1 and in February this year Rotherham got their revenge at Shrewsbury 1-0.

A win by the odd goal for Rotherham will be my choice, 1-0 or 2-1.

-Chris


Coventry v Exeter

FBENG League Two > Promotion Play-offs - Final-17

2018-05-28 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2018-05-23 16:29:43)

My sympathy goes to Coventry and my vote as well. During my days I have a seen a lot of Coventry games in the top division in Britain with players like D Dublin, S Ogrizovic, G McAllister and the two Swedes R Nilsson and M Hedman playing for the club. I like them to succeed again and follow the example of Wolverhampton going back to the Premiership, that is.

First this “tiny” obstacle and it will be quite a challenge to dismiss of this good Exeter side.

Coventry had the margins on their side over the two legs against Notts Co, but they scored five goals and they are worth a place in this final.

Exeter impressed against Lincoln in the semi final and especially one player caught my eyes and his name is Boateng, a player Coventry has to take care of.

In the league these two teams won one game each.

Coventry once again have to play without their suspended defender T Davies. Their star striker M McNulty has scored 28 goals this season and he will be fitter for this final. He was not 100% alright in the semi final.

Exeter only miss the injured L Holmes.

Coventry to win, but not to nil.

Over game, in other words.

-Chris