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KEVIN DOYLE TALKS FA CUP, PREMIER LEAGUE & MAN CITY OVERTURNING CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BAN

| 17.07.2020

I think Manchester United will lift the FA Cup. They are on an impressive run of form and it’s not just one player in good form either.

You have Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba to name a few who are playing well. They are in as good form as any of the teams left in the competition and it would be a great way to end the season for them.

Arsenal v Man City, Saturday 19:45

I am going to go for Arsenal here. It was a good win for them on Wednesday beating Liverpool. I suppose Liverpool are still in celebratory mode, but Arsenal are showing signs of life, signs of good play and have had a couple of big wins in recent weeks.

Manchester City have such a strong squad no matter who they play. However, I still think there’s a chance Pep Guardiola will leave at the end of the season. I could be raving here but he doesn’t look as enthusiastic as he once was. It could change since their Champions League punishment was overturned during the week but to me, he doesn’t look as interested.

Maybe he just needs a break, it’s hard to know. I think City look like they just want the season to end and win the league next season.

I also think the FA Cup means more to Arsenal. They’re a club trying to build, they have a new manager, and I think a win will matter more to Mikel Arteta than it will to Guardiola. I think Arsenal will see it as a great opportunity to add some silverware to the cabinet.

Man United v Chelsea, Sunday 18:00

I think Man United have the momentum right now. Both United and Chelsea are fighting for the same spot in the league as well so there’s big rivalry between the pair, but I feel United have a bit more about them.

I’d imagine this could be a tough match for both sides. The two managers are also youngish and want to get their hands on this trophy.

An FA Cup triumph for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be a big deal. He was under massive pressure but has managed to turn that around and this would be a great way to end the season.

As for Frank Lampard, he’s done very well with Chelsea and has had a positive season. It’ll be close but as I said I reckon United have the edge and I am predicting they win 3-2.

Spurs v Leicester City, Sunday 16:00

Tottenham Hotspur have won a couple of games now and Harry Kane has been scoring some goals. He is crucial to Spurs’ performance and everything they do coincides with how he plays.

It’s a big boost for Jose Mourinho to have him playing well because he was also a manager under pressure. Coming to the end of the season, things are looking up for them.

Leicester had a good win during the week, but they have been stuttering to get over the line. They had a big advantage over Chelsea during lockdown, but the Foxes are now a point behind The Blues.

Leicester have been struggling and I think that Spurs will win this game. We have two managers who get on well. Brendan Rodgers worked under Mourinho and was a bit of a protégé of his so they know each other well but Mourinho will want to get one over him here. I am going for a 1-0 Spurs win.

Bournemouth v Southampton, Sunday 14:00

This is a derby game so it should be a decent match. Bournemouth are fighting for their lives whereas Southampton don’t really have anything to play for.

It is now or never for the Cherries. Bournemouth had a good win the other day against Leicester and I think there is a tiny bit of life left in them to sneak a win here. It means more to them and I think they will win 2-1.

I like Eddie Howe and if they win this game, there won’t be much in it but unfortunately, I still think they will be relegated.

Wolves v Crystal Palace, Monday 20:15

As Wolves are at home, I fancy their chances here. They’ve been one of the better teams since lockdown.

I think both teams now want to get the season over with, but I’d imagine they might give other players a go. Wolves still have something to play for so I’m going for a 3-1 home win.

Man City and the Champions League

I think it’s a good thing that City got off the hook and I have no issue with it. Every club, big or small, have been up to no good in some shape or form so I don’t see any reason why City should be picked out and punished more so than anyone else.

I mean how PSG were able to remain inside the financial fair play rules in the French league with the money they were spending I have no clue. I think it’s impossible to police it.

It seems like it’s one rule for one team and another for the rest. I’m not saying City didn’t do anything wrong, I just don’t think one team should be punished so severely and the rest can get away with it.

1-2-FREE PREDICTION

Arsenal v Man City: 3-1 Arsenal

Man United v Chelsea: 3-2 Man United

Spurs v Leicester: 1-0 Spurs

ACCA

Arsenal v Man City: Arsenal

Man United v Chelsea: Man United

Spurs v Leicester City: Spurs

Wolves v Crystal Palace: Wolves

Bournemouth v Southampton: Bournemouth

Kevin

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Kevin Doyle

After a top-line career banging in the goals for Reading, Wolves and Colorado Rapids, former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Doyle now brings Ladbrokes his thoughts and opinions on the beautiful game.