Archive | March, 2014

Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea

jose mourinhoAfter being beaten by Crystal Palace in the league, Chelsea will hope to stop the rot when they travel to France to face Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final on Wednesday (19:45 BST, live on Sky Sports).

PSG come into the match on the back of nine consecutive victories in all competitions, including Friday’s 1-0 win away to Nice. They are clear favourites for the Ligue 1 title, seven points clear of Monaco with 76 points from more …

Champions League: Man Utd v Bayern Munich Preview

shinji kagawaManchester United face a difficult challenge when they host holders Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final on Tuesday (19:45 BST, live on ITV).

United come into the match on the back of a morale-boosting 4-1 win at home to Aston Villa, but it has generally been a difficult season for the Premier League holders. They are seventh in the table with 54 points from 16 wins, six draws and more …

Premier League: Liverpool v Spurs Preview

daniel sturridgeIn-form Liverpool will be expecting to keep their title challenge on track by taking all three points when they host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday (16:00 BST, live on Sky Sports).

Liverpool come into the match on the back of seven consecutive league victories that have seen them established as genuine title contenders. They are second in the Premier League table, a point behind leaders Chelsea, with 68 more …

Premier League: Arsenal v Man City Preview

edin dzekoManchester City should be confident of scoring a second consecutive victory away to top seven opposition when they travel to the Emirates to face out-of-form Arsenal on Saturday (17:30 GMT, live on Sky Sports).

Arsenal come into the match on the back of a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Swansea on Tuesday. They are fourth in the Premier League, with 63 points from 19 wins, six draws and six defeats, six points adrift of leaders Chelsea. more …

F1 Malaysian Grand Prix Preview & Tips

nico rosbergFollowing victory in Australia two weeks ago, Mercedes will again be considered favourites for this weekend’s Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix (Race: Sunday, 09:00 BST, live on BBC / Sky Sports F1).

Nico Rosberg (pictured) took the honours in the season-opening race at Albert Park, nipping past teammate Lewis Hamilton at the start and more …

Premier League: Man Utd v Man City Preview

wayne rooneyManchester City aim to apply further pressure to league leaders Chelsea by winning their local derby away to Manchester United on Tuesday (19:45 GMT, live on Sky Sports).

United come into the match on the back of two consecutive victories, the most recent of which was a Wayne Rooney-inspired 2-0 win away to West Ham on Saturday. They are seventh in the Premier League table, with more …

Premier League: Chelsea v Arsenal Preview & Tips

fernando torresTwo of the Premier League’s title contenders meet when Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (12:45 GMT, live on BT Sport).

Chelsea come into the match on the back of a comfortable 2-0 victory over Galatasaray on Tuesday that saw them progress to the last eight of the Champions League. They head the Premier League table with 66 points from 20 wins, six draws and four defeats and are vying for title favouritism in more …

Champions League: Man Utd v Olympiakos

robin van persieMan Utd have a two-goal deficit to overcome when they host Olympiakos on Wednesday in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie (19:45 GMT, live on Sky Sports).

Olympiakos made the most of their first leg home advantage, taking the game to United, out-shooting them 12-to-7 and establishing a two goal lead thanks to well-taken strikes from Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell. more …

Champions League: Chelsea v Galatasaray

eden hazardWith an away goal to their credit, Chelsea are firm favourites to go through when they host Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie (19:45 GMT, live on ITV).

Chelsea started on the front foot in Istanbul, going ahead inside the opening 10 minutes, but Galatasaray rallied after the break, equalised just past the hour mark and created a couple of other good opportunities thereafter. more …

Premier League: Spurs v Arsenal Preview

alex oxlade-chamberlainTwo teams in shaky form meet when Tottenham Hotspur host Arsenal on Sunday in the 178th North London derby (16:00 GMT, live on Sky Sports).

Spurs come into the match on the back of four defeats in their last six matches in all competitions. They are fifth in the Premier League table, six points behind Arsenal, with 53 points from 16 wins, five draws and eight defeats. more …

Premier League: Man Utd v Liverpool

Brendan RodgersManchester United will hope to dent the title ambitions of long-time rivals Liverpool when the two sides meet at Old Trafford on Sunday (13:30 GMT, live on Sky Sports).

United come into the match on the back of two consecutive away wins that have seen them ascend to sixth in the Premier League table with 48 points from 14 wins, six draws and eight defeats, five points shy of Tottenham Hotspur in fifth but with a game in hand. more …

F1 Australian Grand Prix Preview & Tips

kimi raikkonenWith new regulations, new technology and the possibility of wet weather, everything seems  to be in place for an unpredictable start to the 2014 Formula One season at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix (Race: Sunday, 06:00 GMT, live on Sky Sports F1).

This year has seen biggest shake up of the rulebook in some time. The switch from V8 to V6 turbo-charged engines is the most significant more …

Cheltenham Gold Cup Preview & Tips

tom scudamoreThe Cheltenham Gold Cup is not only the pinnacle of the Cheltenham Festival but arguably of the entire jumps season (3.20pm Friday).  We have last year’s winner in the line-up and plenty of new challengers hoping to bag the lion’s share of the £550,000 prize fund.

Nicky Henderson has saddled two of the past three Gold Cup winners and is double-handed this time. He was hoping for drying ground for both his more …

Cheltenham Festival: World Hurdle Preview

ruby walshThe World Hurdle is the most prestigious race for staying hurdlers in the horse racing calendar (3.20pm Thursday). The four-time winner Big Buck’s, who was absent through injury last year, is back and bids to reassert his authority over three miles with another record breaking win.

His trainer, Paul Nicholls, thinks he is his best chance of gaining a win in the entire festival – and he has some useful ammunition to be aimed more …

Cheltenham Festival: Queen Mother Champion Chase Preview

Gary MooreThe Queen Mother Champion Chase is always one of the most exciting spectacles of the Cheltenham Festival (3.20pm, Wednesday). This renewal is made more compelling for punters without the presence of the previously all-conquering Sprinter Sacre.

With Nicky Henderson’s now damaged ‘machine’ staying in his stable, the market is led by the Gary Moore (pictured) trained Sire De Grugy at more …

Champions League: Barcelona v Man City

PellegriniMan City face the daunting task of overcoming a two goal deficit when they travel to take on Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Wednesday (19:45 GMT, live on Sky Sports).

Barcelona were fairly comfortable victors in the first leg at the Etihad, controlling possession and establishing a two goal advantage courtesy of goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves. City’s Martin Demichelis was dismissed more …

Cheltenham Festival: Champion Hurdle Preview

Nicky HendersonThe Champion Hurdle is the highlight of the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival and looks to be an intriguing contest (3.20pm Tuesday) . Can one of the young pretenders relieve the veteran Hurricane Fly of the Champion Hurdle crown he regained last year?

At five-years-old Dessie Hughes’ Our Conor (4/1) is half Hurricane Fly’s age. The statistics suggest that he might have age issues of a more …

Champions League: Bayern Munich v Arsenal Preview

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Arsenal have a two goal deficit to overcome when they face Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday (19:45 GMT, live on ITV).

Bayern were comfortable victors in the first leg at the Emirates, triumphing by two goals to nil against an Arsenal side who were forced to play for over 50 minutes with a man less following the dismissal of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. more …

Premier League: Chelsea v Spurs Preview

andre schurrleChelsea aim to solidify their position at the top of the Premier League table when they host Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (17:30 GMT, live on Sky Sports).

Chelsea come into the match on the back of a run of 13 league matches undefeated that has seen them ascend to the head of the table, four points clear of Liverpool in second, with 63 points from 19 wins, six draws and three defeats. more …

FA Cup: Arsenal v Everton

Arsenal and Everton will both harbour ambitions of progressing to the last four of the FA Cup when they meet in an evenly matched Sixth Round tie at the Emirates on Saturday more …

International Friendly: England v Denmark

roy hodgsonRoy Hodgson (pictured) will hope to get a clearer picture of his squad for this summer’s World Cup when England host Denmark in a friendly match at Wembley on Wednesday (20:00 GMT, live on ITV).

England qualified for Brazil 2014 by topping Group H ahead of Ukraine, but that success was followed by friendly defeats to Chile and Germany last November that went some way to dampening expectations raised by competent more …