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English to sweep across Europe this season

English to sweep across Europe this season

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Arsenal and Chelsea have both confirmed their places in the Europa League knockout stages. Do you think either could go on and win the competition? 
I think there’s every chance of an English winner. Those two are rightly favourites and then you’ve got some big names, the Milan sides, Napoli and of course Sevilla who always have a good record in this competition.

But I think we could get an English clean sweep in Europe this season. Man City to win the Champions League and one of Arsenal or Chelsea to win the Europa League. Wouldn’t that be fantastic for the Premier League.

Manchester City to win the Champions League and either of Arsenal or Chelsea to win the Europa League – 13/1

 

On the domestic front, Arsenal travel to Southampton this weekend in an important game at both ends of the table. What’s your prediction? 

Interesting game this one. On paper everything points towards an Arsenal win, but Southampton obviously have a new manager in now and at some point you might expect to get a bit of a bounce from that.

But I do still think the Gunners will have too much for them. They won again against Huddersfield, it wasn’t a pretty game to watch. One of those that if it were being played in your back garden you’d draw the curtains. But they’re getting the wins without playing all that well which is a great sign. I can see them being too strong for the Saints.

Arsenal to beat Southampton 3-1 is 14/1

 

A genuine Super Sunday to look forward to with Liverpool versus Manchester United. Can Mourinho’s men get a result at Anfield?

In these games form goes out the window and that’ll give Mourinho some reason to be optimistic. But Liverpool are clearly in the ascendancy at the moment and they’ll be flying after the Champions League result midweek.

United were better against Fulham last weekend and if their big players perform, they definitely have the quality to get a result in this one. It wouldn’t be the biggest surprise to me if Jose set up to park the bus and they nicked a point.

But I’ll go with Liverpool because they’ve got all the momentum and at home, they’ll have that extra push behind them.

Liverpool to beat Manchester United 2-1 is 8/1

 

And finally a word about Sports Personality of the Year. Who’s your winner?

Sticking with the world of football, I fancy Harry Kane to win it. He’s had a superb scoring year again for Tottenham but of course the biggest achievement for him has been that World Cup Golden Boot.

There’s still a lot of positive feeling around the England national team and how well they did to get to the Semi Finals in the summer. So I think Harry will take the award.

Harry Kane to win Sports Personality of the Year – 7/5

 

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Ray Parlour Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Romford Pele’, Ray is one of football’s great characters. In a career which saw him make nearly 500 senior appearances, he won numerous honours including three Premier Leagues and three FA Cups, as well as representing his country 10 times. Part of Arsenal’s invincibles during a 12 year stay with the Gooners, Ray is now a regular on talkSPORT radio.