Super Bowl LIII
The fifty-third Super Bowl will be held at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday February 3rd, and it’s set to be a spectacle. The New England Patriots, gunning for their third consecutive Super Bowl win, will take on the Los Angeles Rams, who will aim to achieve their second ever Super Bowl victory. It’s a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI – in which the Patriots, led by the current set up of the Belichick – Brady duo, saw victory 20-17 against the then Saint Louis Rams. 17 years later will we see a repeat of the match that took place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, or will the Rams bring an end to the Patriots recent domination?
February 3rd will see the Patriots’ 11th Super Bowl appearance, in which they’ll be hoping to add a record-tying 6th Vince Lombardi trophy to their collection. Their 9th Super Bowl appearance under the leadership of Belichick and Brady, the QB now in his 19th NFL season, the Patriots are known for breaking records – will this weekend be an exception?
Regardless of this weekend’s result, veteran Quarterback Tom Brady will be cemented in the NFL history books. His list of achievements is lengthy, with some of the records he boasts including:
- 4th in all time passing yards
- 3rd in all time touchdown passes
- Most Super Bowl’s won by a Quarterback
- Most games won by a Quarterback
- Most Super Bowl appearances
Backed up by 5 Super Bowl rings, these are just some of the accolades that Brady has on his résumé. The 41 year old has still got it, with 4,355 yards and 29 touchdown passes thrown this season, as well as being the only Quarterback not to be sacked in the 2019 Playoffs.
Offensively, Brady has plenty of talent to chose from when picking his passes on Sunday, with the Running Back trio of Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead causing mayhem in this season’s run up to the Super Bowl. White alone has caught 106 passes this season – 87 during regular season, 15 in the Playoffs and 4 in the AFC Championship game. It will prove to be a challenge for the Rams to contain such an explosive trio, let alone the Patriots offense as a whole.
Defensively, Edge Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, Defensive End Trey Flowers and Utility Linebacker Kyle Van Noy will be key for the Patriots, particularly in stopping outside runs from the Rams.
In what will be their fourth overall Super Bowl appearance, their first since returning to California in 2016, Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Ram will try to upset the Patriots’ Super Bowl winning streak on February 3rd. The youngest ever Super Bowl Head Coach, McVay took over the Rams in 2017 at just 30 years of age, and since then has revolutionised the Californian franchise.
McVay has succeeded in bringing out the best in Quarterback Jared Goff, who suffered a disappointing rookie season after joining the rams from the 2016 draft. Since then the 24 year old has found his form, throwing 4,000 yards and 30 touchdown passes since McVay took over, and became the youngest ever Quarterback to win an NFC Championship game in the run up to this year’s Super Bowl.
Goff will be relying on last year’s NFL Offensive Player of the Season Todd Gurley at Running Back and the Wide Receiver duo of Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks to cause problems for the Patriots defense, with Cooks also being one of only two Rams starters with any Super Bowl experience.
Defensively, the Rams are just as strong and will not give the Patriots offense any space to breathe on Sunday. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald will be key to foiling Brady’s plans, one of the few players in the NFL with the ability to do so, while at safety John Johnson will be crucial to stopping Sony Michel and James White.
The Veterans vs the Rookies
The vast difference in experience between the two teams is best illustrated by comparing their Quarterbacks – one a household name and veteran of the NFL, the other barely past his rookie year and still yet to hit a quarter of a century. Both men are 6’4 California natives, however Brady has recorded more post-season touchdown passes (73 in 39 playoff games), then Jared Goff has in his entire career, regular- or post- season. But experience doesn’t count for everything, and the Super Bowl is one of the best examples of that. Regardless of the outcome, Super Bowl LIII will not disappoint, and here at Wincomparator we can’t wait!
Carabao Cup Final
Wembley Stadium will play host to the first of three major English Football finals at the end of the month – the Carabao Cup Final. On February 24th, Chelsea will take on current title holders Manchester City in this clash of two of the Premier League Top 4. It’s been a thrilling competition so far, and this month’s final is set to be no different.
Last year’s winners Manchester City will be hoping to make it two in a row, and add a 6th EFL trophy to their collection at the end of the month. Having beaten Arsenal 3-0 at Wembley in 2018, City will be looking to do the same to the Gunner’s noisy West London neighbours. Currently sitting in 2nd place in the Premier League, the Citizens beat Burton Albion by a very impressive margin of 10-0 to secure their place in this year’s final. With their world-class top striker Sergio Agüero in good form – the Argentine has scored 10 goals in the Premier League this season to tie him 4th place in the overall standings – the Manchester side could once again be favourites to take home the Carabao Cup at the end of the month.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have had a very stop-start season. Currently 4th place in the Premier League, the Blues have seen bouts of mixed form in the last 5 months. Having beaten their London rivals Tottenham on penalties in the semi’s Chelsea have a point to prove in this year’s final, and a history of success in the EFL Cup to back this up. With 5 previous wins in 7 appearances; the most recent being in 2015, the Blues are far from underdogs, and are not to be underestimated. Should Eden Hazard show us all how good he is on Sunday, the Blues will be real title contenders -the Belgian forward has scored 10 goals for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, and provided 10 assists.
The Carabao Cup final is never a dull occasion, and this year is set up to be no exception. Who will triumph, title holder’s Manchester City, or will Chelsea claim their 6th ever victory. Find all the latest betting odds on Wincomparator!