With the top nine players in the men’s world tennis rankings all missing this tournament to prepare for the French Open, this is a rare occasion when we can look for a bit of value.
A tight game could be in prospect here. Northampton have been keeping things very tight of late and it’s seen them through to the play-off final.
Chelsea probably have the better players, but they had a super-tough Premier League fixture against Aston Villa on Saturday and given that this is their 67th fixture of a draining season that might just balance things out here.
Spurs got the job done against Stoke on Sunday and that means Arsenal simply have to win this game to stay in charge of their Champions League fate.
My friends at Oddschecker tell me that a Wigan versus Manchester City Cup final was 165/1 before the first round of the FA Cup.
It’s quite interesting how the bookmakers have priced up the Championship play-offs especially with regards to Watford, who are at Leicester tonight and live on Sky Sports 1 (7.45pm kick off).
This fixture has something of a cup tie feel to it. The game represents both sides’ game in hand over Arsenal in the battle for the Champions League places.
What a game this is in determining the last relegation spot. Wigan basically need to win, but if they can get three points they can still afford to lose at The Emirates and go into their last game against Aston Villa, knowing that a win will put them on 41 points and probable safety.
Stoke are on 40 points which is normally enough to secure Premier League safety. But the required figure could be 41 this season.
Benfica would have been happy to come away from the first leg with a goal less draw and arguably played for one.
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