Three huge games form today’s treble. My football betting tips comes in at 7.22.
Blackpool vs West Ham
After 48 games (including the playoffs) it’s all come down to today; who will be joining Southampton and Championship winners Reading in the Premier League?
West Ham come into this game on terrific form, having won their last four games and managing to keep out Cardiff in the playoffs. Blackpool are also looking great with their unbeaten run stretching to nine games.
Ian Holloway has done a terrific job, slowly ploughing along during the season. He’s had to see some of his best players leave and form a new squad since last year’s relegation from the top league. Holloway was in the same position only 2 years ago too. West Ham were expected to win the Championship before the start of the season due to the money they spent and the players they’ve accrued. But Big Sam has found it difficult, especially at Upton Park.
Blackpool did just enough to see off a tough Birmingham side who looked tired after a long season which included a Europa League run. West Ham dominated Cardiff in both ties.
The two games between the two in the Championship this season has seen The Hammers thump the seaside club 4-1 and 4-0. West Ham have the better players and I fully expect to see them gain promotion at Wembley at 1.91.
Hibs vs Hearts
The Edinburgh derby experiences a twist today – the winners get their hands on a cup! It’s unusual not to see a Glasgow team compete in the final which makes it all the more interesting.
Hibs have fallen from grace in recent times. What was once a team who were consistently near the top of the table behind the Glasgow sides, becoming a selling club has led them to relegation dog fights. They’ve just managed to stay up yet again, which makes it odd they’ve found themselves in the final
Hearts just missed out on a European spot on the other hand and go into this as favourites as a result. Neither team is in particularly sterling form, but Hearts have the better record in previous head to heads. They’ve won five of the last six meetings so at 2.10, Hearts to win looks like a decent bet.
Bayern Munich vs Chelsea
I’ve saved the best till last. Will Robbie’s fairy-tale continue? If he does, suddenly Chelsea’s season looks pretty good with two cups, winning something Mourinho couldn’t when he was in tenure.
Chelsea put in a dogged performance against Barcelona to get to this stage. But they are missing key players in Terry, Ivanovic, Ramires and Meireles. Centre backs Cahill and David Luiz are expected to return, but both have been out for more than four games. The loss of experience in Terry is also a concern, who organises his defence so well.
Bayern Munich also have their own problems in Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber missing the final. Defensive midfielder Tymoshchuk is rumoured to be playing centre back tonight. It could be Drogba’s last game and he’s back to his bullying best. If this is so, expect to see him pull onto Tymoshchuk to get a bit of joy.
There has been much made about the final being played at Bayern’s home ground the Allianz Arena – and rightly so. They have a formidable record this season, winning 14 games out of 17 in the Bundesliga. Even more impressive is their home record this season in the Champions League. They’ve won every match at home in the competition, with wins against teams such as Real Madrid, Man City and Napoli.
The attacking trio of Robben, Gomez and Ribery with Schweinsteiger, Muller and Kroos supporting strike fear in any side. Bayern Munich look like a great price at 1.80.
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