The Europa League is very much Europe’s secondary club cup competition, playing second fiddle to the Champions League. However, there is a great deal of European pedigree shared between the 2018 finalists, Marseille and Atletico Madrid.
The FA Cup final is the showpiece event of English football and in Chelsea against Manchester United we certainly have a fixture befitting the prestige of a big Wembley final. The FA Cup has also taken on extra importance for both Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho.
With the Derby looming large on the horizon, punters are looking for every edge they can find. Although many believe that we already know the winner of the second colts Classic of the year given Saxon Warrior’s incredible display in the 2000 Guineas, there is still plenty to learn from the top quality Derby trials ahead of us.
Aston Villa find themselves with one foot in the playoff final. Steve Bruce’s men were the underdogs for their first leg match against Middlesbrough but a 1-0 victory at the Riverside leaves Villa in the driving seat.
Fulham fans were more than a little apprehensive going into the first leg of their playoff semi-final against Derby. The Cottagers would have finished second and thus won promotion to the Premier League automatically had they beaten Birmingham on the final day of the season but defeat left them facing the playoffs.