Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal thinks it is more important to win the FA Cup than it is to finish in the top four of the Premier League. United finished fifth this season after beating Bournemouth on Tuesday and will be playing in the Europa League rather than the Champions League next term. However, they still have the chance to win a trophy as they face Crystal Palace at Wembley in the FA Cup final. United are available at 11/2 with bet365 to beat the Eagles 2-0 on Saturday while Wayne Rooney is 21/10 to score at any time in the game. Van Gaal said: “A title for the fans is fantastic and we want to give it to them. “When you win silverware it is always important. Qualification for the Champions League is not a title, a title is the FA Cup.”
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Where are they now? The men who made the 1990 FA Cup final
Exeter wing Jack Nowell is expecting a very difficult match on Saturday when the Chiefs take on Wasps in the semi-finals of the Aviva Premiership play-offs. Rob Baxter’s men have home advantage in the encounter after beating Harlequins on the final day of the regular season to take second place in the league. However, even though the match is taking place at Sandy Park, Nowell is not taking their encounter with the Coventry-based outfit for granted. He said: “There’s no point us focusing on Twickenham or playing in the final, we’ve got the semi-final to focus on first. “It’s going to be a tough game for us. They’re a dangerous side but it’s important for us to focus on our defence and keep pushing with that.” Exeter are 1/2 with bet365 to beat Wasps and 7/2 to go on and win the Aviva Premiership Grand Final.
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Andros Townsend hopes he can do enough in England’s three friendly games before the start of Euro 2016 to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for the tournament. The 24-year-old Newcastle United star has been included in Hodgson’s provisional squad for the action in France even though he has not featured for his country since earning his tenth cap against Lithuania more than seven months ago. England play a friendly against Turkey on Sunday, before coming up against Australia five days later and then Portugal on 2nd June. Townsend said: “It was no secret that I wasn’t playing enough football in the first half of this season and my confidence was low. “But when I wasn’t playing much at Spurs, Roy Hodgson always had faith in me and put me in the squad, and nine times out of ten I’ve done well for him. Hopefully I can repay that faith in the friendlies and make sure I get in the squad.” Townsend is available at 4/1 with bet365 to score at any time against Turkey at the Etihad Stadium in a game England can be backed at 7/1 to win 2-1.
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England commence a trio of Euro 2016 warm-up games with a fixture against Turkey at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and Mike Norman believes it will be a tough game for the Three Lions against their in-form visitors…
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John Terry is aiming for further success after confirming he has signed a new one-year contract with Chelsea, who are 5/1 with bet365 to win the Premier League next season. The 35-year-old former England international had seemed set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer as his current deal ran out, but Terry has now agreed a further 12 months with the Londoners, having recently passed the 700-appearance mark for the Blues. And Terry is hoping for a successful campaign under new head coach Antonio Conte, telling the club’s official website: “I am delighted to sign a new contract with the club. Everyone knows I’m Chelsea through and through. “I am looking forward to next season under the new manager and, hopefully, we can make it a successful one. “Also, a special mention to the fans for their continued support. You’re the best in the world.” Terry has won four Premier League titles with the Blues, as well as five FA Cups and three League Cups, as well as helping Chelsea to victory in the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League the following season.
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Soccer – Terry hungry for trophies
Rory McIlroy and Danny Willett dominated the pre-tournament market and they’re dominating the round one leaderboard. Rory trails Danny by two and is still favourite to win but should he be? Read what Steve thinks here…
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Lama Tasi believes that St Helens can focus on winning this year’s Grand Final following their Challenge Cup defeat to Hull FC earlier this month. Saints have won nine of their opening 14 fixtures in Super League this year and will be aiming to triumph for a tenth time when they face Huddersfield Giants on Day 2 of the Magic Weekend. After playing Huddersfield, St Helens have games against Hull FC, Warrington Wolves and Catalans Dragons to look forward to, in a potentially crucial part of the season. Tasi said: “Sunday should be a good game. The Challenge Cup has gone but what we can control is how we go in the league. It’s all we can win now. “Our next three or four games are against top teams. Good results would set us up for the rest of the year.” St Helens are 8/11 with bet365 to beat the Giants on Sunday and 15/2 to win the Super League XXI Grand Final.
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