Maybe an all-German final doesn’t quite match the edge that would have been present had Barcelona and Real Madrid prevailed in the semi-finals instead. There is genuine, deep-seated animosity between the two Spanish giants but no real history of any real rivalry between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund
Chelsea are bidding to become the first side to win the Europa League in the season following a Champions League triumph and are probably decent value to get the better of Benfica in 90 minutes in the Ajax Stadium in Amsterdam at 13/10.
Crystal Palace have a fantastic record at Selhurst Park and know they will probably have to take a lead to the Amex Stadium on Monday if they are to reach Wembley. That should lead to an exciting first-leg of their semi-final against Brighton and Hove Albion as Gus Poyet’s team don’t have it in their nature to defend.
The footballing gods were certainly smiling on Leicester City on the final day of the regular Championship season, which is more than you can say about Watford. The Foxes needed an unlikely set of results to go their way to grab the last place in the play-offs
Juan Mata’s late goal at Old Trafford on Sunday had massive implications for the race for Champions League places next season. Chelsea are now firmly in the driving seat for third place and will secure a seat at Europe’s top table in the autumn if they beat rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge this week on account of their far superior goal difference.
Manchester United and Chelsea have already met four times this season and the score stands at 2-1 to the Londoners with one match drawn. That was an FA Cup quarter-final tie at Old Trafford when the Blues came from two goals down inside the opening 11 minutes to force a replay, which they won thanks to a goal from Demba Ba.
Form generally goes out of the window when it comes to a Merseyside derby but Liverpool and Everton both renew hostilities in decent shape, the Reds being unbeaten in five while the Toffees have lost just one of their last seven and kept cleans sheets in five of those games.