FA Cup final and Premier League: 10 things to watch out for this weekend

1) All that glitters is silver

The cold, dead behind the eyes pragmatist could argue that Leicester's most important game against Chelsea is coming. Tuesday is at a meeting that could prove decisive for his top four prospects. But that would be to ignore the absolute enthusiasm of winning the FA Cup ahead of 6, competitions like this one at Wembley's fans can then rally to everyone. For Leicester, their first cup final win will reaffirm the sense that, five years after winning the league title, they are here to remain a club that can win big prizes. In many ways, 2016 was as impressive as the victory inspired by Claudio Ranieri. Leicester continues to mock the idea that there is a "big six" in everything egos inflate, and they may prove it once again on Saturday. Nick Ames

  • FA Cup final: Chelsea v Leicester City, Saturday 5.15 pm, any time BST

2) Kanté's return could unravel the Cup final

Surprisingly and despite an obvious Champions League setback, the Qualifying efforts, Chelsea's midweek loss to Arsenal were not what Thomas Tuchel claimed was the "wake-up call" right after the game. While Arsenal's defense has been commendably stubborn after Jorginho gifted Emile Smith Rowe the only goal of the game, Mikel Arteta's side took their chances at times and cannot claim to be the better side despite taking all three points. While Tuchel publicly beat himself up for making too many changes to his team, N'Golo Kanté's conspicuous absence from the matchday roster was perhaps the only omission that, in retrospect, could be considered a glaring mistake. After enjoying the night, the half size dynamo will return to his old club in the FA Cup final and in its current form, its speed and burgeoning creativity could very well make the difference. Barry Glendenning

n'golo kanté's return to his best has coincided with chelsea's huge improvement.
N'Golo Kanté's return to the best has coincided with Chelsea's massive development. Photo: Laurence Griffiths / AP

3) Can Allardyce claim another Continental scalp?

Relegated with three games left, West Bromwich Albion are home to a Liverpool side that can play plenty in one game, few sane people would expect the hosts to win. Now that relegation has been confirmed, it wouldn't be a big surprise if West Brom players throw in the towel and score points for Liverpool – and even on a good day they may not be good enough to cause major problems next to Jürgen Klopp. Despite their relegation, West Brom improved noticeably under Sam Allardyce and we were all amazed at the number they made at Chelsea. Given the clear delight that his rulers insist on doing the glamorous work that high-profile continental rulers are sure he's bloodily deserved, neutrals can do but hope this fixture won't be as easy as it sounds. newly dismissed champions. BG

  • West Bromwich Albion – Liverpool, Sunday 4. 30 pm

4) Can Ndombele get the most out of himself?

Few players can do what you thought was impossible before, and fewer football players can still do things you thought impossible even after they've done it - but Tanguy Ndombele is one of them. It seemed like he had finally made his stride in the first half of the season, justifying its existence by putting in the occasional shift while delivering moments of incomprehensible word of mouth that were its USP. Now, though, he's back at the periphery, on the bench in the League Cup final despite a terrible Tottenham performance, more than enough and fair to win against Sheffield United that followed.

    minutes in Leeds despite his team being behind in the second half. The Spurs will soon have a new official so Ndombele's situation is not insoluble, but after a year of blaming José Mourinho's insecurity in his abilities, Ryan Mason shows that the problem lies with the player himself, no matter who his manager is. . Daniel Harris

    • Tottenham Hotspur – Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sunday 4.05 pm

    5) Hammers can't afford to turn down the lifeline

    They stay out but are the gateway to Champions League football reopened for West Ham with Chelsea's surprise defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday. Now they have to give themselves a chance, and that means brushing aside the crash that swept them off course just when they looked like they were flying. A trip to Amex is the first of three very winnable fixtures and if they need an omen it could help Brighton fail to win any of their Premier League games in which the suspended Lewis Dunk is not available. Michail Antonio and his team will hope to work a clinical evening against a renewed background. Meanwhile, Brighton is safe from relegation and apart from the warm Graham Potter hosts; How exhilarating to watch under David Moyes, how embarrassing it would be if West Ham were fatally behind in a season whose potential outcomes were so diverse. If they lose, there is a real chance that the Hammers will miss the European qualification altogether. NA

    • Brighton & Hove Albion – West Ham United, Saturday 20:00

    6) Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin should step it up

    It's been a strange season for Everton, which started long before Carlo Ancelotti was supposed to block back to the mediocre average. Looking at their ninth level but not feeling cheated for not doing better and scoring a goal tally of 46 – at least 11 – is a particular disappointment especially considering the quality Although the attackers should take most of the blame for Richarlison, league games and being better i.e. his manager and the team his friends should do more to help him, whereas Dominic Calvert-Lewin - 29 respectable 29 out of 18 - will know he can do better. Looking at Ancelotti's roster, the absence of a suitable winger is glaring and perhaps that's all it takes to unlock the full potential of strikers. But in the meantime they need to impose themselves more and a home match with Sheffield United is a good place to start. DH

    • Everton – Sheffield United, Sunday 19:00

    the goals have dried up for richarlison and everton.
    Goals dried up for Richarlison and Everton. Photo: Michael Regan / AP

    7) Guardiola must choose between sharpness and freshness

    The League's best starting 11 at Manchester City, but the gap between them and their closest rivals also reflects the depth of their squad. When other managers struggled throughout the winter, unsure whether to overplay their first choice, relied on poor training and unsure whether to kick the youngsters, Pep Guardiola was able to switch from game to game without seeing a significant drop in quality; Similarly, it's no coincidence that Manchester United's "title fight" disappeared once Ole Gunnar Solskjær's options ran out, or that he recovered after appointing a manager prepared to scatter Chelsea's myriad resources. Now Guardiola has a decision to make: when the league title is claimed, he can either keep his essentials – Rúben Dias, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden – on the basis of the low chance of injury, or for the Champions League final it is difficult to find momentum and lose it. On the basis that it is easy to sharp and fluted. Either way, you're scared for Newcastle. DH

    • Newcastle United – Manchester City, Friday 20:00

    8) Plain Wood should not be taken lightly

    Few Premier League goalscorers are as reliable as Chris Wood. He puts on shifts, often useful things don't go his way. A solid but humble center forward on an absolutely ungrateful team, the 29-year-old has scored more than 11 but less goals in each of his four seasons with Burnley. On Saturday, Wood will lead the line against Leeds in a match that could be less important for both sides. While he is currently scoring five goals in three games, he needs to score three more goals to catch up on this challenge 15 – mark his old side a chance to add to his gang and he will like it. Give the contrast in the style of the two sides, not to mention Wood's opposite number Patrick Bamford's desperation to impress Gareth Southgate, this could be a contest on the Turf Moor turf that may not be as pointless as it currently appears on paper. BG

    • Burnley v Leeds United, Saturday 12.30 pm

    9) Fulham must look to the future and blood new faces

    Who will be the Fulham player? A relatively small percentage of Scott Parker's roster, as it is: seven of its members will return to their loan clubs at the end of the season, and it's hard to see so many like Alphonse Areola, Joachim Andersen, Ademola Lookman, Ola Aina, Ruben. Loftus-Cheek, Mario Lemina and Josh Maja return for a time in the Championship. The top three, in particular, should find new top clubs with little trouble. Parker's own plight is also in the air, and it all adds up to a painfully slow march to the end of the season, where just weeks ago everything seemed geared towards the do-or-die final day against Newcastle. Given that Fulham's roster will inevitably look different next season, there should be a temptation to sway some new talent: Fabio Carvalho, a hugely exciting player – the one-year-old midfielder who came out of the bench at Chelsea earlier this month, the Cottagers look forward to could have had more minutes while visiting Southampton. NA

    • Southampton – Fulham, Saturday 15:00

    10) The palace is more interesting than on the field

    Ten members of the Crystal Palace matchday team, who lost to Southampton in the middle of the week, were eliminated, with three more currently on contract at the end of this season. With a total of 15 veterans at Palace – most of them first-team regulars – and the Management team fast toward the end of their current deals, speculation abounds that Roy Hodgson could make time for his career after Palace's final game of the season in Liverpool. With so much uncertainty surrounding the future for many, Sunday afternoon's game against Villa is unlikely to top anyone's priorities, in particular. While we can only speculate on what kind of conversations and negotiations take place behind the scenes, Palace is shaping up for a near-season that promises to be far more interesting than most of what happens on the pitch during a campaign. they have become a word that is often uninspired and sometimes enjoyed as mundane. BG

    • Crystal Palace – Aston Villa, Sunday 12 pm

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