Rugby Premiership Final
Wasps take on Exeter Chiefs in the Rugby year’s showcase event. Whatever your views on the format this is how the league is settled and it is two new teams taking part. Well if you class Wasps as new since their move to Coventry! The odds aren’t looking good for Chiefs if you count the old Wasps. They have been part of this game on four separate occasions and have won all four.
This is a second chance for the Chiefs who continue to blow fresh air into the competition. They lost to Saracens here last year and will be hoping they can bring the small-town teams first ever trophy home. They are the inform team as they are only one more win away from Leicester’s record of straight wins from the 1999 – 2000 season.
So it’s history vs form and I will put my money and heart on The Chiefs for this one. They are hungry to forget last year and know how to win a lot better this year.
The most iconic race in F1 has come back around and while the super-rich enjoy it in their yachts, us paupers will be on our sofas. That’s not to say we don’t still enjoy those tight twisting roads. This season is unravelling into an exciting multiple car race. Lewis Hamilton will be going for his third title in the Principality and if he manages it he will return to the top of the drivers’ championship table.
Sebastien Vettel is his biggest rival here bringing experience and German tenacity we have not seen from him in a Ferrari. Valteri Bottas will feel shortchanged by this preview but if it is value for money you are looking for then the Finn is at 8/1 and already has some exciting wins this year. If he can possibly win Monaco people will start to take notice 100%.
Championship Playoff Final
Huddersfield vs Reading… For those not in the know this game looks like a strange matchup but Huddersfield are not a surprise for Championship followers. David Wagner has waved a magic wand, although his German sensibilities will prefer the terms logic, training and tactics. His push for promotion will not only place Huddersfield on the map but himself on one too. With jobs certain to become available over the summer, win or lose Wagner has done himself a great service.
The head to head in the season was a trade off of 1-0 wins, so it is likely to be a close affair. Reading could be at a disadvantage as they will be going into the game without captain Paul McShane. Huddersfield will be hoping their Bermuda Triangle, Nahki Williams is going to get them the goals to break through Jaap Stam’s men.
I think this will play out as a ‘which manager keeps his cool’ under the pressure of Wembley. Stam may have the cold hard courage but David Wagner is a smooth operator and his class and his players will come out on top in my opinion. Williams to score the winning goal. Don’t forget we got it right with Millwall last week and Steve Morison!