Saturday Seven: Will it be FA Cup joy for Mourinho or Poch?


Saturday Seven

Here are Marathonbet’s seven big questions to consider ahead of another action-packed weekend of sport.

Will it be Mourinho or Pochettino staying in the hunt for silverware?

For both managers, this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final marks their last chance of picking up a trophy to go alongside their likely Top 4 berth.

The pressure will be on Poch in particular with Spurs to all intents and purposes playing on home soil and question marks over the Argentinian’s ability to convert his exceptional managerial promise into a trophy winning formula.

Can Stoke gain a stay of execution against Burnley?

Time is running out for the Potters to preserve their Premier League status and anything but a win at the Britannia in Sunday’s early kick-off is likely to extinguish their faint hopes of survival.

A home game against Burnley should offer Paul Lambert’s side one of their best remaining chances of snatching some valuable points in their fight for survival – but Sean Dyche’s men have proved time and again that they are in no mood to play to the script, even if it looks as if they have already locked in seventh place and a European adventure in 2018/19. Read Chris Waddle’s thoughts on which teams he expects to drop.

Is it Mo’s time in the marathon?

Mo Farah

Farah has won it all – Olympic Golds, World Championships and even last year’s Sport’s Personality of the Year. But one title has always eluded him – victory on the streets of the capital in the London Marathon.

In fairness to Mo, he’s had other priorities since finishing eighth in his first marathon attempt in 2014 where many pundits expected better. With all of his energies now focused on cracking 26.2 miles, he should go better this time even if another landmark career victory looks a long shot.

Can the Rocket unseat Mark Selby in Sheffield?

The 2018 World Snooker Championship starts this weekend at The Crucible, and if form is anything to go, two of the snooker’s great heavyweights will be staying the course throughout the next two weeks.

With Ronnie O’Sullivan looking up for the fight, current holder Mark Selby will face a stern test to retain his title for a third consecutive season. Read our extended preview here.

Will Vicente make it three in a row at the Scottish Grand National?

The Paul Nicholls-trained thoroughbred has claimed back-to-back National victories in Ayr and looks in good shape to make it an unprecedented hat-trick on Saturday. After skipping the Grand National at Aintree due to the conditions, he’ll be itching for a run out, too.

Will Accrington v Sunderland become a reality?

Accrington Stanley

Accrington Stanley – who are they? For Black Cats fans the answer to that question draws closer and closer by the week, after Stanley defied all the odds to secure League One football for the first time in their history in midweek.

The Lancashire outfit can look forward to a trip to the Stadium of Light if Chris Coleman’s strugglers finally succumb to relegation this weekend should results conspire against them.

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