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Tactics Tim and jolly Rodgers are two of a kind

WHO do the neutrals want to win when Tim Sherwood meets Brendan Rodgers in the FA Cup semi-final in the annoying manager derby at Wembley?

It’s a tough call.
One is a young, brash, over-confident, slightly smug and nearly always irritating and the other one is Brendan Rodgers, who is young, brash, over-confident, slightly smug and nearly always irritating...

Benfica boss Jorge Jesus certainly won’t be cheering for tactics Tim after telling FourFourTwo magazine: “He looked me up and down in that English way as if to say ‘Portugueezer, your place is there: stay there, little guy.

“He went ballistic – ‘F you’ to which I responded ‘F you, f*** the b**** who gave birth to you’. I let it all out and the referee was there trying to separate us. But I was winning, so I was fine."

Blimey I think JJ hates Tim even more than me, but for all of his annoying faults few can deny Sherwood has got Aston Villa playing some decent football with Christian Benteke back among the goals and I fancy them to test Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday.

Maybe the win is asking for too much, but both teams to score looks a solid play with Benteke fancied to find a way past his fellow Belgian Simon Mignolet.

The Liverpool cat was asked this week what was more important between the Premier League and FA Cup and Mignolet replied: “You don’t really choose between your mum and dad so we will keep going on both fronts.”

Choosing between Rodgers and Sherwood is just as difficult. I struggle with both of them.

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Sassuolo v Torino

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  • Torino have scored two goals or more in four of their last five away games
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Sassuolo have one more point than they amassed over the whole of last season but are on a poor run (six losses in eight) and may struggle at home to Torino. Seven points from the last three games have lifted Torino into contention for a top-six finish and their contest at Sassuolo looks another winnable fixture.