Tiredness is going to be a factor in the BBC’s big FA Cup clash today. That boozy lunch won’t help.
These tepid telly games in empty grounds can be very draining.
Leicester’s Europa Cup exit gives them a theoretical freshness edge, with United in Italy on Thursday night.
But the main question about ‘legs’ is whether Paul Pogba’s great long ones are going to put in an appearance. A half-time Europa sub in Milan in his first game since February 6, Pogba cut through some of the blathering that can blight United.
You just can’t put a price on such clarity of vision in a player – though his agent is nothing if not a trier.
Pog or no Pog these two sides are the Prem’s undisputed penalty kings in the age of VAR. Get on the 9/4 (90mins, Hills) ‘penalty in match’ and we can sleep easy.
The Blades go to Stamford Bridge (1.30pm, BBC One) after having had a major organ removed without anaesthetic, and not so much as a lollipop after.
Tuchel has got his lads bright-eyed and bushy tailed, which is guaranteed to irritate the patient – so take John Lundstram ‘is shown a card’ at 9/2 (Hills) , a juicy enough price on his numbers.
Take the DRAW at 5/2 (Bet365) when West Ham entertain Arsenal (3pm), and Craig Dawson is the ‘anytime scorer’ unlikely lad to be on given the Gunners’ aerial frailty – the 14/1 (Bet365) looks plump.
Over in Spain, Villarreal have too much for Cadiz (3.15pm) and on-fire Gerard Moreno ‘anytime scorer’ is fair at 7/5 (Paddy).
Last week: Winners at 11/1 & 12/5
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