They were trying very hard at Everton to argue that they were not favourites for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final. The club’s assistant manager, Steve Round, pointed out that Liverpool’s history and tradition would count for plenty at Wembley, leading one journalist to remark that, if history and tradition were everything in the FA Cup, Old Etonians would be favourites most seasons.
After another weekend of bitter twists at the foot of the Premier League, I’m trying to work out how many points will be enough to keep a team safe this season. Supporters of Blackburn Rovers, along with those of at least five other strugglers, are doing the same. And have been for weeks now. As far as Rovers are concerned, wins in their last three home games – starting with Liverpool’s visit to Ewood tonight – would take them to 37 points. Might that be enough?