May 09, 2022 3 min read
The English Football League season has entered the play-off stage. Sunderland fans have already seen their team’s 47th game of their League One season, coming up against Sheffield Wednesday last Friday and taking a 1-0 lead into the second leg tonight (Monday). Should they win, they play the winners of Wycombe v MK Dons, with Wycombe holding the advantage there. Oxford United, who finished eighth, and Sunderland have drinks available on the site in several flavours and you can read about Sunderland’s recent history here.
Nottingham Forest have made the play-offs and have three games to play if they want to return to the Premier League. The first of those is on Saturday afternoon at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United, with the winners of the two-legged tie playing either Huddersfield Town or Luton Town. Forest fans will head up to Old Trafford en masse to watch their under-18s play Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup final. Former United staffer Warren Joyce has led Forest to their first Youth Cup final, whereas United are going for their 11th trophy.
The Premier League approaches the final weekend with the long-awaited North London derby, which was postponed back in January due to an outbreak of COVID in the red team’s ranks. This was combined with a shortage of first-team players due to the Africa Cup of Nations, which deprived them of the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey. The game on Thursday night will pit fourth against fifth, while earlier in the day the Bohemian Vodkast will warm fans up for kick-off.
It is, of course, FA Cup Final day on Saturday, with Chelsea playing Liverpool at Wembley in a repeat of the 2012 final. Juan Mata was Man of the Match though Didier Drogba, for the first time in a successful month for the Blues, won the game with Chelsea’s second goal. Each team started with three England internationals, and you have until the end of this article to remember those six players. (Skip to the bottom of this piece to discover the answers.)
Three games on Wednesday evening include relegated Watford hosting an Everton side needing some points, although the table is skewed because they still have four games to play in the next fortnight. Leeds United, who have played a game more than their relegation rivals Everton, meet Chelsea that night in a game which will be previewed on the Bohemian Brands blog on the day. With the FA Cup Final given its own day in the sun, seven games take place on Sunday, the biggest of which is at the London Stadium. Manchester City go to West Ham to try to open up a gap at the top of the league before Liverpool go down to Southampton on Tuesday May 17.
The Scottish Premier League title is just about still up for grabs, but Rangers need a huge and, let’s be honest, unlikely swing to take the title away from Celtic. Nonetheless, the team in blue warm up for their big game in Seville with matches against Ross County and Hearts, although they would like to keep their key players wrapped in cotton wool before the Europa League final on Wednesday May 18.
The three continental tournaments all have their finalists now, with Seville, Tirana and Paris preparing to host them. Frankfurt play Rangers in the Europa League, Feyenoord meet Roma in the Conference League and the Champions League final a repeat of the 2018 final between Real Madrid and Liverpool. If you or someone you know are a Rangers fan, put in an order for some club-branded champagne courtesy of Bohemian Brands.
The answer to the quiz question about the six England internationals who started the 2012 FA Cup Final is as follows: Liverpool started Glen Johnson, Stewart Downing and Steven Gerrard. Chelsea played John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole. Andy Carroll came off the bench to score Liverpool’s consolation goal.