Adkins keen to keep duo

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins is keen to hold talks with Fraizer Campbell and David Marshall about signing new contracts with the club.

However, that will not happen until Adkins has confirmed whether he will be staying with the Tigers.

The former Southampton and Reading manager, who is out of contract this summer, said in March: "I am looking at the whole picture of where we are moving as a football club. I think that is important."

Meanwhile, Callum Burton, Adam Curry, Evandro, Will Keane, Ondrej Mazuch, Liam Ridgewell and James Weir have been told they will not be retained by the club.

Todd Kane and Chris Martin have returned to their parent clubs following the end of their season-long loan spells at the KCOM Stadium.

Hull City finished 13th in the Championship this season after seemingly being set for a battle to avoid relegation in the opening months of the campaign.

The Tigers only won two of their first 14 matches and were still in the bottom three at the end of November.

However, Adkins' team won six matches in a row from mid-December to mid-January and, despite picking up just two points from their last five games, finished the season in a comfortable mid-table spot.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa and Derby County will meet in the Championship play-off final on Monday 27th May. The Villans are 8/13 to secure promotion, with the Rams available at 13/10.

Big names leave Swansea

Swansea City manager Graham Potter has released five members of his first-team squad, including Leroy Fer, Wayne Routledge and Wilfried Bony.

Martin Olsson and Luciano Narsingh have also been allowed to leave the Swans after seeing their contracts come to an end.

Routledge made 260 appearances for the club and scored 27 goals in his seven years at the Liberty Stadium. He was part of the team that won the League Cup 2013.

Fer scored 10 goals in 101 appearances for the Swans after initially joining the club on loan from QPR in February 2016, while Bony has been allowed to leave after enduring a very disappointing second spell in south Wales.

In his first stint with Swansea, Bony scored 25 goals in 54 league appearances before moving to Manchester City for £28million in January 2015.

However, he failed to impress in the north-west and was loaned out to Stoke City before returning to the Swans two years ago. The 30-year-old only started nine league matches in his second spell with the club though and spent four months on loan with Qatar club Al-Arabi this season.

Olsson joined the club from Norwich City in January 2017 but the left-back has not played since rupturing his Achilles five months ago, while Dutch winger Narsingh leaves after scoring two goals in 40 appearances since arriving from PSV Eindhoven in January 2017.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa and Derby County will meet in the Championship play-off final on Monday 27th May. The Villans are 8/13 to secure promotion, with the Rams available at 13/10.

Deeney plans to ruffle feathers

Troy Deeney is looking forward to his battle against Vincent Kompany when Watford take on Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The striker believes that, even though City are the overwhelming favourites to win Saturday's match and complete an unprecedented domestic treble, he can cause Kompany and his team-mates plenty of problems.

Deeney said: "I think anyone that comes up against me would say it's very difficult, it's a very difficult day. So if there's a lot of crosses in the box, as much as I really respect Mr Kompany, he would say it's not going to be an easy day if he's playing against me.

"I think personally, if I'm on my A game it will be a very difficult game for whoever's playing.

"He (Kompany) knows that whenever we're going up against each other it's going to be a real battle because he's physically strong. I enjoy a physical battle and neither of us are ever going to back down from one another.

"We're going to have a few battles and whoever comes out on top will have a massive impact on the game."

The Hornets only won one of their 12 games against top-six sides this season and can be backed at 6/1 to lift the trophy on Saturday while Manchester City are available at 1/10.

"It's one of them when you always hope that you get a bit of luck," Deeney added. "We know it's going to be very difficult, there's going to be times when we'll need to ride our luck, but also we've got quality."

LA make it three in a row

LAFC continue to set the pace atop the Western Conference following a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi were on target for the hosts as LAFC stretched their lead over the Seattle Sounders to five points in the standings, although LAFC have played one more game than their rivals. Eduard Atuesta found Vela with a sweet throughball to open the scoring as LAFC, 3/1 to win the MLS Cup, moved the ball well just outside the box before the Mexican forward finished smartly. Rossi added a second after a video review in the second half.

These two teams are back in action on Sunday when they meet at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco as fifth-placed Dallas attempt to gain some ground on the Sounders, the LA Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo ahead of them in the Western Conference standings.

Seattle have a tough match-up on Saturday as they travel to Philadelphia to take on the Union, who are in second place in the Eastern Conference. The Sounders are undefeated in their last five outings although three have been draws. The Houston Dynamo have a home game, but face the challenge of Wayne Rooney and DC United, who currently top the Eastern Conference by a point over Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy will fancy their chances against a Colorado Rapids side that are winless in 11 matches and sit firmly in the cellar in the Western Conference.

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Fernandinho may face Hornets

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that Fernandinho has returned to training and could feature in Saturday's FA Cup final against Watford.

However, Benjamin Mendy will not play against the Hornets at Wembley as City attempt to complete the unprecedented treble of Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup this season.

"Benjamin Mendy has not been selected because he's not fit," said Guardiola. "He will be ready next season, but he is not available for the final.

"Fernandinho trained today and yesterday."

City are expected to ease to victory on Saturday as they have won their last 10 games against Watford, while Javi Gracia's team have lost 11 of their 12 matches this season against the top six.

Guardiola is refusing to take victory for granted though, adding: "We celebrated [winning the Premier League title] for a short time and were back to business in the last few days to focus on Watford because I know how difficult it was in the home game, with the quality up front with [Roberto] Peyreyra, [Troy] Deeney and [Gerard] Deulofeu.

"The long balls to Deeney are always unstoppable, even with our tough central defenders. Maybe he is the best striker for setting the ball to his mates.

"We handled the defensive side really well, with set-pieces they have [Jose] Holebas who is an incredible taker.

"We spoke about the players and hopefully we can be focused for one more day, to compete again to be champions."

Manchester City are 1/10 to lift the trophy on Saturday and 2/9 to win in 90 minutes.

Parker prunes his squad

Fulham have released nine players, including former Liverpool stars Ryan Babel and Lazar Markovic, after being relegated from the Premier League.

Babel scored five goals in 16 Premier League appearances for the club after moving to Craven Cottage from Besiktas in January.

The 32-year-old played for Liverpool between 2007 and 2011 before signing for Ajax.

Markovic also signed for the Cottagers in January but only made one substitute appearance for the club.

The 25-year-old joined Liverpool for £20million five years ago but failed to establish himself at Anfield and was loaned out to Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon. Hull City and Anderlecht before his short-lived spell with Fulham.

The other players that Scott Parker has decided will leave the Cottagers this summer following the expiry of their contracts are Elijah Adebayo, Robert Atkinson, Aron Davies, Jose Garrido, Christopher Kelly, Scott Armsworth and Showkat Tahir.

In addition, Calum Chambers, Sergio Rico, Andre Schurrle, Havard Nordtveit, Luciano Vietto, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who were on loan at Fulham this season, will return to their parent clubs.

Floyd Ayite, Stefan Johansen, Neeskens Kebano, Denis Odoi, Magnus Norman, Mattias Kait, Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson and Jerome Opokuh have had options activated in their contracts which keep them at the club until the end of next season.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa and Derby will meet in the Championship play-off final on Monday 27th May. The Villans are 8/13 to secure promotion, with the Rams available at 13/10.

Juve start new boss search

Massimiliano Allegri's five-year spell in charge of Juventus will come to an end after the Turin-based club's final game of the season later this month.

The 51-year-old has won the Serie A title in each of his five seasons with Juve while he guided the club to two Champions League finals, which they lost to Barcelona in 2015 and Real Madrid two years ago.

Juventus signed Cristiano Ronaldo last summer for £99.2million in an attempt to land European club football's most prestigious trophy, but they lost to Ajax in the quarter-finals.

Juve entertain Atalanta in their penultimate league game of the season on Sunday before visiting Sampdoria on the last day of the campaign on 26th May.

"Massimiliano Allegri will not sit on the Juventus bench next season," read an official statement from Juventus. "The coach and president Andrea Agnelli will face the media together tomorrow, Saturday, in a press conference which will be held at 2pm at the Allianz Stadium."

As well as guiding Juve to five Serie A titles, Allegri won four Coppa Italias and two Supercoppa Italia crowns during his time at the Allianz Stadium.

He spent four years as AC Milan's manager before joining Juventus in July 2014.

Earlier in his managerial career he had spells in charge of Sassuolo and Cagliari while during his playing days he starred for the likes of Pescara and Livorno before retiring in 2003.

Juventus are 12/1 to beat Atalanta this weekend. Atalanta are 1/6 to finish in the top four this season.

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De Jong to play in Grand Final

Sydney FC have insisted marquee Siem de Jong is not in doubt for Sunday's Grand Final, after he was told to stay away from training while he is ill.

The Sky Blues didn't want to take the risk of having the Netherlands international pass his illness to the rest of the squad ahead of the decider against minor premiers Perth Glory.

De Jong called in sick on Thursday and the club's medical staff told him to stay at home but coach Steve Corica told reporters just before the squad flew out to Perth that De Jong would be "fine" for the Optus Stadium clash.

"Siem was missing yesterday, he was a little bit ill but other than that he's good to go," said Corica. "It was a bit precautionary to keep him away from the boys but he's here today and raring to go."

The former Ajax player is set to complete a season-long loan by playing in the Grand Final and the Sky Blues have also been boosted by the availability of defender Michael Zullo.

The left-back was able to return to training on Thursday after hurting his shoulder in the 6-1 semi-final win over Melbourne Victory.

Corica is likely to name the same starting side but wasn't about to divulge his plans at this stage.

"We've still got two days to go so you'll have to wait and see," added the coach. "The boys played exceptionally well against Melbourne, very proud of the performance they put on at home in front of our fans.

"But this is a different game, a different kettle of fish, and we're going to Perth."

Sydney FC are 1/1 to win the Grand Final and 11/5 to win in 90 minutes, with Perth Glory 5/4 and the draw 12/5.

Jackett seeks home comforts

Kenny Jackett accepts that his Portsmouth team will have to be at their best if they are to beat Sunderland on Thursday and reach the League One play-off final.

The Black Cats won the first leg of the semi-final play-off at the Stadium of Light on Saturday 1-0 and can be backed at 7/4 to reach Wembley while Pompey are available at 2/5.

It will be the fifth match between the sides this season, as Jackett's team beat Sunderland in the Checkatrade Trophy final.

Jackett is keen to reach Wembley for a second time this season but know that it will not be easy. Portsmouth can be backed at 7/2 to be promoted to the Championship, while Sunderland are available at 7/4.

Former Wolves, Swansea City and Rotherham United boss Jackett said: "We're capable of producing a performance on Thursday that will be at the top of our range. With the atmosphere and the energy that will be present inside the stadium, I think the players will be able to pick up on that.

"We've been limping along over the past few games, although we've put absolutely everything into them. Have we been at our absolute best in that time? No. Do we need to be on Thursday? Yes, we definitely do.

"It's a fixture we have to win and we've got the home advantage, so we need to make the most of that. It's an opportunity for us. We're one of four sides with a chance of getting to the Championship and we want to be the one to do it."

Van Dijk keen to end on a high

Virgil van Dijk is keen to end the season on a high when Liverpool take on Tottenham in the Champions League final on 1st June in Madrid.

Jurgen Klopp's side had to settle for second place in the final Premier League table, one point behind champions Manchester City, despite only losing once all season and picking up 97 points.

Netherlands international Van Dijk, who won the PFA Player of the Year award last month, said of the Reds' failure to win the Premier League title: "Frustrated is the right word. I think we are all going to be a little disappointed because we were so close.

"To get 97 points and play football like we have played all season, we have to be very proud. We work so hard every day to be challenging as close as possible but City were just a tiny little bit better than us.

"But we have to look on the positive side and remember we are still in Madrid. Hopefully we can end the season on a high. It is fantastic to be in the Champions League final twice in a row. Hopefully we can be a little bit better this time."

Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 on the final day of the Premier League campaign and are 1/2 to win the Champions League final against Tottenham, having lost to Real Madrid in last season's final. Meanwhile, the Reds are 11/4 to win the 2019/20 Premier League.