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

1) All these glitters are 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 ignoring 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 vs Leicester City, Saturday 5.15 pm, always BST

2) Kanté's return may solve the Cup final

Although surprising and an obvious setback in the Champions League, the qualifying efforts, Chelsea's loss to Arsenal in the middle of the week was not the "wake-up call" that Thomas Tuchel claimed was just after the match. While Arsenal's defense was commendably stubborn after Jorginho gifted Emile Smith Rowe the only goal of the game, Mikel Arteta's side took their chances at times, and despite scoring all three points, he cannot claim to be the better side. While Tuchel beat himself publicly for making so many changes to his team, N'Golo Kanté's glaring absence from the matchday squad was perhaps the only negligence that could be considered a glaring mistake in retrospect. After enjoying the night, the half-size dynamo will return to its old club in the FA Cup final, and in its current form, its speed and evolving 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 coincided with Chelsea's great development. Photo: Laurence Griffiths / AP

3) Can Allardyce claim another Continent scalp?

Relegated with three games remaining, West Bromwich Albion is home to a Liverpool side where they can play plenty in one match, with few sane people waiting for their home to win. Now relegation has been confirmed, it wouldn't be a big surprise if West Brom players tossed in the towel and gave points to Liverpool - and even on a good day they might not be good enough to cause Jürgen Klopp big problems. Despite its decline, West Brom has visibly improved under Sam Allardyce and we all admired the number they made at Chelsea. Given an obvious pleasure that his rulers think he is doing insistently on glamorous jobs that high-profile continental rulers are bloody noses for, neutrals can 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 him?

Few footballers can do things that you previously thought were impossible, and fewer footballers can still do things that you thought were impossible even after they did - but Tanguy Ndombele is one of them. In the first half of the season, it seemed like he had finally stepped in, justifying his presence by putting an in-between shift while offering incomprehensible word-of-mouth moments with his USP. Now, however, he's back on the periphery, remaining on the bench in the League Cup final despite a terrible Tottenham performance, followed by more of his win requirements and fair against Sheffield United.

    minutes in Leeds despite his team being behind in the second half. The Spurs will soon be a new officer, so Ndombele's situation is not unsolvable, but after a year blaming José Mourinho's distrust of his abilities, Ryan Mason shows that the problem is with the player himself, whoever is the manager. . Daniel harris

    • Tottenham Hotspur - Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sunday 4.05 pm

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

    They stay out but are the gateway to Champions League football, with Chelsea's surprise defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday, reopening for West Ham. Now they have to give themselves a chance, and that means throwing aside the collapse that diverted them from course when they just seemed to fly. A trip to Amex is the first of three very winnable fixtures, and if they need an omen, it could help Brighton not win any of the Premier League matches where the suspended Lewis Dunk was not available. Michail Antonio and his team will hope to run a clinical evening against a renewed background. Meanwhile, Brighton is safe from relegation and out of the warm Graham Potter's hosts; How embarrassing it would be if West Ham, who is so refreshing to watch under David Moyes, fatally lags behind in a season whose potential consequences are so diverse. If they lose, there is a real chance that Hammers will miss the European qualification altogether. NA

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

    6) Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin should speed this 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 dry for Richarlison and Everton. Photo: Michael Regan / AP

    7) Guardiola must choose between sharpness and freshness

    They are the League's top eleven at Manchester City, but the gap between them and their closest rivals also reflects the depth of their roster. As other managers struggled through the winter, unsure whether they would play too much of their first choice, rely on inadequate training and kick out the youth, Pep Guardiola was able to switch from game to game without seeing a significant drop in quality; Similarly, it is no coincidence that Manchester United's "title struggle" disappears when Ole Gunnar Solskjær's options are exhausted or recover after appointing a manager who is prepared to distribute Chelsea's numerous resources. Now Guardiola has a decision to make: When the league championship is claimed, he can either keep his basic features - Rúben Dias, Kevin De Bruyne, İlkay Gündoğan and Phil Foden - on the basis of the low probability of injury, or for the Champions League final, finding momentum is hard and losing sharp and grooved on the basis that it is easy. 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 should look to the future and the 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 have the future in mind. 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, which lost to Southampton in the middle of the week, were eliminated at the end of this season, with three more currently injured. With a total of 15 veteran players at the Palace - most of them first-team regulars - and the Management team rushing towards the end of their current deal, there is much speculation that Roy Hodgson may devote time to his career after the last game of the season at Palace in Liverpool. With so much uncertainty surrounding the future of many, it's unlikely that their match against Villa on Sunday afternoon will rank high in any one's priorities, especially. While we can only speculate on what kind of talks and negotiations are taking place behind the scenes, the Palace is shaping up for a near season that promises to be far more interesting than most of what happened on the pitch during a campaign. they have become a word that often does not inspire and sometimes enjoys mediocrity. BG

    • Crystal Palace - Aston Villa, Sunday 12 pm

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