The world is watching. A huge weekend for…
When you have been the bridesmaid so often, it simply makes wedding day that much more difficult. For the third season in a row the Terriers have made the playoffs, but after a 3-0 thrashing to Peterborough in last season’s final at Wembley, nerves will be jangling again. Huddersfield are the slight underdogs, but any side containing Jordan Rhodes is likely to be dangerous, and the forward has 40 goals in just 45 games this season.
Third time lucky for the West Yorkshire club?
The game is no less significant for Huddersfield’s opponents. The pre-season favourites had an automatic promotion place within their grasp before a late stutter, largely brought on by the guilty verdict and jail sentence handed out to star striker and top scorer Ched Evans. With their city rivals pinching promotion off them, Sheffield United will crave a Wembley success. Teams often struggle to regain their Championship place at the first time of asking, and it may well be harder second time round.
Your first game in charge of your country, with the tabloid media already writing you off before a ball has been kicked in anger. Win against Norway and critics will point to the country’s fall in rankings recently, but anything less than a win and the verbal knives will already be out.
Good luck Roy, you might need it.
A good week for Senor Torres. First his principal current threat to his international place was ruled out of the tournament, and then his club partner decided to move on, leaving Torres with a greater chance of starting games for Chelsea.
Presumably Torres will be given some playing time in a friendly this weekend against Serbia. With Llorente, Soldado and Pedro knocking on the door, Nando may need to impress quickly.
Crewe might be a club with a glowing tradition of producing fine young talent, but it has been a period of significant gloom. The club have not finished in the top six of a division since 2003, and have now been in the bottom tier for three years.
After creeping into the playoffs they beat fourth-placed Southend, and are now favourites to gain promotion against Cheltenham. It’ll be a tight, nervy affair, but the last game of the domestic season shouldn’t be any other way.