Previews

Atletico Madrid keen to overcome the odds against Real Madrid

Real Madrid make a cross-city trip to Vicente Calderon on Wednesday night for the second leg of UEFA Champions League semi-finals against Atletico Madrid, with one foot already in the finals.

Zinedine Zidane’s men vanquished their local rivals 3-0 in the first leg at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, leaving the Wednesday’s hosts with little to no chance of overturning the deficit. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick past neutrals’ favourite Jan Oblak to give his side the three-goal cushion.

Juventus set to confirm Champions League Final participation

Juventus welcome AS Monaco to Turin on Tuesday night as they hope to secure a place in the Champions League finals.

The first leg at the principality club ended 2-0, with the Italians taking home a crucial two-goal lead. While the focus was on Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao heading into the clash, Gonzalo Higuain came out on top, scoring goals in either half to all but confirm the Old Lady’s participation in the Cardiff final.

Monaco need four points from their next three Ligue 1 games to finally draw the curtain upon Paris Saint-Germain’s monopoly in France. However, the past four weeks have brought them minor miseries, with the club losing the Coupe de la Ligue final 4-1 to PSG before succumbing to a 5-0 loss to them in the league. Their recent 3-0 win at AS Nancy Lorraine should offer them the motivation to overturn their first-leg two-goal deficit in Italy.

Arsenal battle Manchester United over Champions League qualification

Arsenal welcome top-four rivals Manchester United to Emirates Stadium on Sunday night as they hope to bounce back after losing 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Arsene Wenger’s stock continues to plummet as he has finally let fierce rivals Tottenham finish above his side this season. With Champions League qualification now an uncertainty, his position has never been under more scrutiny. Sitting six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, he knows a win is a must to keep his side’s European hopes alive.

Preview: Celta Vigo vs Man United

Europa League: Manchester United eye win against Celta Vigo to boost Champions League chances

Jose Mourinho takes his side to Spain where they lock horns with Celta de Vigo at Estadio Balaidos. With the Wednesday’s fixture being the first of the two-legged Europa League semi-finals, he will look to secure a win to ease the pressure off his men’s shoulder.

Manchester United have looked a baffling side this season, being consistently average. High-profile signings have failed to make the desired impact as they continue to rack up draws. With the frontline lacking killer instincts, they have found UEFA Champions League qualification an uncertainty, especially with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City also fighting for top four finishes in the Premier League.

CL Preview: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

Champions League: Madrid clubs eye tickets to Cardiff

UEFA Champions League action resumes when Real Madrid host local rivals Atletico Madrid in the first of the two-leg semi-finals at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday night.

The hosts banked heavily on luck to see off Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals as poor refereeing decision acted in their favour.  However, on the back of three wins – and a home loss in El Clasico – Zinedine Zidane will be keen to secure a deserving win this time out.

Despite being level on points with La Liga leaders Barcelona, their defensive record looks far from impressive as they have conceded more goals than every other top six club barring only Sevilla. Diego Simeone’s men, who boast the third best goalscoring record in Spain will look to capitalize on their frailty at the back to buck the trend that sees them fall short to Los Blancos on the European soil.

CL Preview: Monaco vs Juventus

Champions League: High-flying Monaco look to oust Juventus

AS Monaco host Juventus at Stade Louis II on Wednesday night as they look to extend their fairytale run in UEFA Champions League.

With Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao forming a lethal partnership upfront, Monaco have proved a stronger side than Paris Saint-Germain, as evidenced by Ligue 1 standings. Sitting three points adrift of second-placed PSG and with a game in hand, Monaco have all but broken the Paris club’s monopoly in France. However, on Wednesday, they will look to further their prominence in Europe with a positive display against their Serie A counterparts in Juventus.

Juventus have all but sealed their sixth consecutive Serie A title as they now sit nine points off second-placed Roma with just four games left. However, the domestic title ought to now feel a routine, with their focus tipped to turn to the most-coveted trophy in club football.

Arsenal look to spoil Tottenham Hotspur’s party

Arsenal will look to crush Tottenham Hotspur’s title ambitions in what has been billed as the last North London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday evening.

Sixth-placed Arsenal have been embarking on what looks the worst campaign under Arsene Wenger despite their progress in the Emirates FA Cup. Tottenham look set to finally finish above Arsenal after being in their shadow for 22 years, but both managers have promised to not let the local rivalry come in the way of achieving their respective season targets.

The Lilywhites have set their sights on their first Premier League title since 1961. Sitting just four points behind leaders Chelsea, who play at Everton earlier that day, they can be hopeful of toppling Chelsea in the event of securing a positive result at home on Sunday.

Everton eye home points against runaway champions Chelsea

Everton will look to keep their Europa League hopes alive when they host runaway Premier League champions Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

Under Ronald Koeman, the Toffees have restored some lost pride as they find themselves wrestling with Arsenal and Manchester United for European spots. However, sitting seventh, they can end up squandering their early season laurels to finish the season empty-handed as they can only eke out 12 points from their remaining league fixtures.

Chelsea, on the other hand, are looking to bring the English title back to Stamford Bridge in Antonio Conte’s first season at helm. With only Tottenham Hotspur, who sit four points behind them, challenging them for the title, they have all but wrapped up the title already.  They will not be overconfident, though, with their 2-1 home loss to Crystal Palace acting as a timely wake-up call.

Preview: Liverpool vs Everton

Preview: Liverpool vs Everton

Form will not matter in the Merseyside derby as Liverpool take on fierce rivals Everton at Anfield on Saturday afternoon

Liverpool began the 2016-17 Premier League season on a high note on the back of making eyebrow raising singings in the summer. However, unavailability of key players at different stages of the season have seen them become just a Champions League hopeful after looking the only side to give Chelsea a tough fight.

Everton, on the other hand, are making all kind of right noises in Merseyside following the arrival of Ronald Koeman and Farhad Moshiri takeover, with their decision to build a 50,000-capacity stadium bearing testimony to their growth.

Although qualifying for the Europe’s premier footballing competition is a long shot, they will be hopeful of proving surprise packages, especially since they sit just six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

Preview: Arsenal vs Manchester City

Preview: Arsenal vs Manchester City

Champions League qualification will be at stake when Arsenal host Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.

Arsenal have been embarking on their worst season under Arsene Wenger thus far, with the fans even going to the extent of flying banners to express their support and hatred for his managerial decisions. With the Premier League title already a lost cause, they are now looking to secure their primary season target – Champions League qualification.

Losing out on a place in the Europe’s most-followed tournament can turn out to be the final nail in the coffin for the manager although widespread rumours suggest that he would sign a one-year extension. Accordingly, he will look to mastermind a win against third-placed City.

Not your average Caddie for the US Masters

Golfer Grayson Murray wants playboy model Lindsey Pelas as his Caddie, and the model has nodded her head in approval !!!

Grayson Murray who is struggling on the PGA Tour to qualify, had asked blonde bombshell Lindsey Pelas to be his caddie at Augusta ( if at all he could qualify for the Masters ) and the positive responses by the socialmedia bombshell have gone viral.

The incident started on March 19th when the young ambitious golfer Grayson Murray decides to tweet Lindsey Pelas asking whether she would be his caddie in the par 3 tournament at the Masters, if Murray qualifies by winning the Houston Open at the end of the march. When he sent out the tweeted he knew the chances were very slim considering his poor form. 

Preview: Man City vs Liverpool

Preview: Man City vs Liverpool

Manchester City welcome Liverpool to Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening as they look to quickly bounce back after suffering early exit from Champions League on Wednesday night.

Despite scoring five goals against Monaco in the first leg of the round-of-16 game, they succumbed to a 3-1 loss at Stade Louis II that saw them crash out on goal difference. Pep Guardiola, thus, failed to deliver European success in his first season in England and, with Premier League title already a lost cause, he will look to ensure Champions League participation next season. Going against fellow top-four rivals Liverpool, who themselves have not been in good form of late, a home win is now a must for the Spanish manager to fend off flak.

As the team that loses in Manchester will fall further behind Chelsea, who will have played Stoke City by then, either team will be desperate for a win.

Team news

Preview: Tottenham vs Southampton

Preview: Tottenham vs Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur host Southampton on Sunday evening at White Hart Lane as they look to make a statement in the absence of talismanic striker Harry Kane.

Their recent 6-0 thumping of Millwall in the FA Cup quarterfinal came with a price as their prolific English striker limped off the pitch with an ankle injury. Given his 24 goals in 29 competitive outings, he has proven a pivotal cog in Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Accordingly, the manager will pin his hopes upon his second-string strikers as he looks to keep up with title favourites Chelsea.

Preview: Leicester vs Sevilla

Preview: Leicester vs Sevilla
 
With Premier League already proving a lost cause, Leicester City will be looking to regain some lost pride with an upset victory over La Liga giants Sevilla when they meet at King Power Stadium on Tuesday night in their second leg of UEFA Champions League game.
 
The Foxes produced a brave performance in Seville in the first leg when they sustained pressure to head into the second leg with only a single-goal deficit.

Cheltenham Day 4 - Gold Cup Day

Gold Cup Day marks the end of the most anticipated and exicting racing festival in the yearly calendar. The majority of the bookmakers’ betting offers for Cheltenham will revolve around the Gold Cup and with last year’s winner Don Cossack out of the running for the Gold Cup today we have an exciting race on our hands.

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