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The FA Cup final is forced to share the limelight with the Premier League this weekend and Man United will be looking to spoil their rivals’ big day by wrapping up the title 15 minutes before kick-off.

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Man City start the showpiece final at a generous 4/5 with Sportingbet, as 16/5 Stoke have convinced punters of their cup final credentials with comprehensive victory over Arsenal. The Citizens are still strong favourites To Lift the Trophy nonetheless, with 4/11 on offer vs. the 15/8 available for Stoke.

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Preceding the Wembley clash are four Premier League games, including Man United’s chance to make it 19 league titles as they visit Blackburn.

The champions-elect only need a point and are 13/20 to get all three, while Blackburn – who are desperate for points themselves to secure safety – are 4/1 to spoil the party.

Blackpool (11/10) face Bolton (2/1) and Sunderland (7/5) host Wolves (17/10) with relegation issues high on the agenda, though West Brom (6/4) v Everton (8/5) looks less meaningful.

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The Sky Sports cameras may be pointing in the wrong direction on Sunday, but at least goals could be on the agenda as Chelsea welcome Newcastle to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are a skinny 2/11 for victory but can be backed -2 goals at 7/5 in the Handicap, while the visitors are 11/1 for the upset. Arsenal are also short at 3/10 to beat Aston Villa, who are deemed 15/2 shots to match the feat of Newcastle and West Brom in winning at the Emirates.

The big games on Sunday are undoubtedly Wigan (11/10) v West Ham (21/10) and Liverpool (3/4) v Tottenham (16/5), as issues at both ends of the table look set to be decided by the final whistle.

And with Birmingham also uncertain of safety, Alex McLeish and co. will be hoping they are good things at evens to make it back-to-back defeats for 12/5 Fulham.

Elsewhere, the Football League Play-offs are under way and following Nottingham Forest v Swansea in the Championship action on Thursday night, the remaining teams square off on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Reading are 23/20 favourites to win their first leg clash with 41/20 Cardiff, which would add to Dave Jones’ misery after his side missed out on automatic promotion.

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Surprise package Bournemouth may be narrow favourites at 31/20 but they face quite the task to oust in-form Huddersfield (6/4) over two legs. Meanwhile, MK Dons are 29/20 as they host 6/4 Peterborough on Sunday lunchtime.

League Two’s action sees Torquay (5/4) square off with Shrewsbury (37/20) and Stevenage (11/10) challenge Accrington (11/5).

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