Archive | April, 2014

Champions League: Chelsea v Atletico Madrid Preview

OscarA tense, tightly-contested evening of football should be expected when Chelsea host Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday (19:45 BST, live on Sky Sports).

The first leg in Madrid ended in a 0-0 draw, with Atletico toiling away to little reward against a deep-lying Chelsea defence that stood firm throughout. more …

Champions League: Bayern Munich v Real Madrid Preview

pep guardiolaBayern Munich have a one goal deficit to overcome when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday (19:45 BST, live on ITV).

Pep Guardiola’s (pictured) side dominated possession in last week’s first leg, but were unable to break down a well-organised home defence. Real more …

Premier League: Liverpool v Chelsea Preview

Brendan RodgersLiverpool can take another step towards the Premier League title by avoiding defeat when they host Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday (14:05 BST, live on Sky Sports).

Liverpool come into the fixture on the back of 11 consecutive victories that have seen them overtake Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea to move to the top of the table, with 80 points from 25 wins, five draws and five defeats. more …

Champions League: Real Madrid v Bayern Munich

gareth baleThe two Champions League favourites meet when Real Madrid host holders Bayern Munich in the first leg of their semi-final tie on Wednesday (19:45 BST, live on Sky Sports).

Real Madrid come into the match on the back of a week of rest following their Copa del Rey final victory over Barcelona. They are third in the Primera more …

Champions League: Atletico Madrid v Chelsea Preview

jose mourinhoChelsea will be hoping to achieve a solid result when they travel to Spain to face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday (19:45 GMT, live on ITV).

Atletico come into the match on the back of a hard-fought 2-0 victory at home to Elche that saw them maintain their lead at the top of the Primera more …

Premier League: Everton v Man Utd Preview

juan mataEverton need a win to keep themselves in contention for a top four finish when they host Man Utd at Goodison Park on Sunday (16:10 BST, live on Sky Sports).

The Toffees come into the match on the back of a disappointing midweek loss at home to Crystal Palace that ended a seven-match winning streak. They are fifth in the Premier League table with 66 points from 19 wins, nine draws and more …

F1: Chinese Grand Prix Preview

jenson buttonMercedes’ early dominance of the 2014 Formula One World Championship looks set to continue at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix (Race: Sunday, 08:00 BST, live on Sky Sports F1).

Lewis Hamilton was the winner in Bahrain two weeks ago, prevailing over teammate Nico Rosberg in a fair but competitive fight for victory. The  more …

Premier League: Liverpool v Man City Preview

luis suarezThe two bookies’ favourites for the Premier League title meet when Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday (13:37 BST, live on Sky Sports).

Liverpool come into the match on the back of nine consecutive league victories that have seen them move to the head of the Premier League table, with 74 points from 23 wins, five draws and five defeats. They are four points ahead of Man City, but have played two matches more. more …

FA Cup Semi-Final: Wigan v Arsenal Preview

uwe roslerChampionship side Wigan Athletic will be hopeful of pulling off another shock result when they face Arsenal in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday (17:07 BST, live on ITV1).

Wigan come into the match on the back of a 1-0 defeat at home to Millwall last weekend, but are still strongly positioned to secure a place in more …

Champions League: Bayern Munich v Man Utd Preview

darren fletcherManchester United enter the return leg of their Champions League quarter final against Bayern Munich on Wednesday as underdogs, despite a credible draw at Old Trafford in last week’s first leg (19:45 BST, live on Sky Sports).

Bayern dominated the ball, but struggled to create a huge number of clear cut opportunities against a United defence who kept their shape and worked hard to cut off potential passing lanes. Nemanja Vidic’s header was more …

Champions League: Chelsea v PSG Preview

edinson cavaniChelsea have a two-goal deficit to overcome when they host Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Champions League quarter final at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday (19:45 BST, live on ITV).

Chelsea were the architects of their own downfall in Paris, with defensive errors leading to each of PSG’s goals. The first half was fairly even but the home side had the better of the second, pulling two goals clear. An away goal more …

Premier League: Everton v Arsenal

roberto martinezIn-form Everton could move to within a point of Arsenal with victory when the sides meet at Goodison Park on Sunday (13:30 BST, live on Sky Sports).

Everton come into the match on the back of five consecutive victories that have put them firmly in contention for a top four finish. They are fifth in the table, with 60 points from 17 wins, nine draws and five defeats and that means they are four points behind Arsenal but with a game in hand. more …

F1: Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

lewis hamiltonMercedes will be confident of continuing their dominant start to the Formula One season at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix (Race: Sunday, 16:00 BST, live on Sky Sports F1).

Lewis Hamilton (pictured) was the winner in Malaysia last weekend, leading home teammate Nico Rosberg for Mercedes’ first one-two finish since the 1950s. Sebastian Vettel was third for Red Bull, ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari more …

Grand National Tips & Preview

paul nichollsThe Grand National is the biggest betting race of the year and there is a record breaking £1 million prize fund on offer for Aintree’s marathon this year (4.15pm, Saturday). We assess some the contenders in search of likely Grand National tips.

The betting market is led by Teaforthree (8/1). He finished nine lengths third in the National last year when carrying  11st 3lb. His trainer, Rebecca Curtis, thought that it was the weight that stopped him. He has a slightly lesser load to more …