Weblog: The football punter
Off-colour Blues could be feeling sick once again
I’M sure we’d all rather see them getting it on again in the Premier League now that there appears to be a hint of life in the title race, but Chelsea against Spurs in the FA Cup should make for a decent TV spectacle.
Arsenal against Manchester City 24 hours later is arguably more interesting, and not only because both sides are gung-ho.
It’s also always nice to see the Wenger Out placards, carefully and imaginatively created by kids in a bilingual Montessori creche somewhere in downtown Islington for their dads to hold aloft when they’re not glued to their Facebook feeds.
The romance of the cup has been replaced by a bunfight between four of the biggest clubs in the land and my cash is on a Spurs-City final.
So Chelsea lost at Old Trafford. United were entitled to beat someone at home eventually and they bumped into the Blues when they were off-colour (and off their food by all accounts).
But they didn’t look great and you get the impression they’re running into a Tottenham machine which looks pretty much unstoppable right now on the back of eight straight wins.
Arsenal look there for the taking against anyone and the way City tore a fairly competent Southampton side to shreds last weekend should have every Gunners’ fan fearing the worst.
Yes, they’ve had a knack of raising their game for the FA Cup in recent years but the formbook says Pep Guardiola’s boys all day long.