Previews

Cheltenham Day 2 - Ladies day

Day two of the festival succeeds Champion’s Day, and is often referred to as Ladies Day. In the last ten years Cheltenham Festival has grown in popularity, with people from all over Europe attending. The Wednesday sees many corporate events and women in the grandstand for a packed day of racing. There’s more action tomorrow, for St Patrick’s Day, ahead of Gold Cup day on Friday.
 
13.30 The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle
 
This is the stepping stone for future Champion Hurdle winners as the likes of Istabraq, Hardy Eustace and Faugheen all won this race before going on to land the big one the following season.

Cheltenham Day 1- Champions Day

 
The opening day of the Festival, and it’s the opening race that produces the now famous ‘Cheltenham Roar’. There are some big races, including the Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase and the National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup to look forward to, ahead of Ladies Day, St Patrick’s Day on Thursday and finally the Gold Cup on Friday.
 
13.30 The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race
 
Often this race is won by one of the market leaders and it’s been a good race for the Irish in recent renewals. Last year the Supreme was won by the Nicky Henderson trained Altior, who denied Willie Mullins and owner Rich Ricci of a four-timer in the race.

Chelsea keen for revenge against West Ham United

Chelsea take on West Ham United at London Stadium on Monday night, hoping to maintain their whopping 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

After a mediocre start to their campaign, the Blues have recovered superbly as Antonio Conte’s espousal of his trademark 3-4-3 system has made them the team to beat. Having mustered 63 points in 26 league outings, they have all but wrapped up the English title save for an unlikely collapse.

Preview: Tottenham vs Everton

Premier League: European hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur and Everton meet in London

Tottenham Hotspur entertain Everton at soon-to-be renovated White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon as they hope to cut into the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Sitting 10 points behind the Blues, Tottenham’s chances of lifting the English top-flight title looks slender. However, the prospect of having a crack at Champions League next season and finishing above fierce nemeses Arsenal, who currently sit three points behind them, ought to suffice to goad the Londoners to go the extra mile. Additionally, Tottenham’s recent Europa League exit will likely motivate them to perform better in the league.

Everton, whose form dipped halfway into the season after a stellar start, have regained form again as they remain undefeated since 26 December; they have won six, including victories over defending champions Leicester City and the Citizens — and drawn three.

Preview: Liverpool vs Arsenal

Premier League: Arsenal and Liverpool keen to return to winning ways

Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday evening in a crunch Premier League clash as they hope to bounce back after a chastening defeat at Leicester City last time out.

Liverpool had a flying start this season, even handing Saturday’s visitors Arsenal a 4-3 home defeat on the opening day. In the recent times, however, they have largely struggled to replicate their early season laurels, as Jurgen Klopp’s famed gegenpressing seems to have taken a toll on the players’ bodies.

Their recent 3-1 loss at King Power Stadium following their 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur underlines their erratic form, and securing a win against Arsenal will ostensibly boost their chances of securing Champions League qualification next season.

Preview: Leicester City vs Liverpool

Preview: Leicester City vs Liverpool

Leicester City host struggling Liverpool at King Power Stadium in their first Premier League game after sacking Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri.

The sacked Italian manager led them to the English title against all odds last season; however, his stocks have plummeted greatly this season as the Foxes are now embroiling in a relegation dogfight. A positive result against Sevilla in the Champions League round-of-16 fixture hardly impressed King Power as they announced his sacking shortly after the whistle in Seville.

Although only Craig Shakespeare and Mike Stowell will only manage the club on Monday night, Leicester, who have only won one game in 10 recent outings, have a chance to secure three vital points against Liverpool. The Reds themselves are in poor form as of late despite their fantastic form in the first half of the season.

CL Preview: Sevilla vs Leicester City

Champions League: Leicester City keen to keep up European form against Sevilla

Claudio Ranieri takes his side to Spain on Wednesday night as Leicester City lock horns with Spain juggernauts Sevilla at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.

The Champions League round-of-16 fixture features teams from opposite ends of the Premier League and La Liga league tables. Leicester are hovering over the relegation places at 17th while Sevilla currently sit third, just three points behind league leaders Real Madrid.

Despite their contrasting forms, Leicester managed to finish atop Group G while Sevilla only finished second. However, Sevilla would likely be more than delighted to have only finished runners-up in Group H after being pitted against Leicester.

CL Preview: Man City vs Monaco

CL Preview: Man City vs Monaco

Manchester City entertain Ligue 1 leaders AS Monaco at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night in the first leg of their round-of-16 Champions League tie.

Coming off a 1-1 draw with Championship high-fliers Huddersfield Town in the Emirates FA Cup, City's confidence will likely not be at its zenith heading into the crucial first leg encounter in Manchester. However, with Pep Guardiola expected to make wholesale changes to his approach, they may look a different animal altogether on Champions League night.

Sitting eight points behind leaders Chelsea after game day 25 in the Premier League, claiming the top spot has looked an uphill battle, and the Champions League presents them another opportunity to land a prestigious trophy in the Spanish manager's first season at the club.

Preview: Swansea City vs Leicester City

Premier League preview: Swansea City eye a crucial win against champions Leicester City
 
Relegation-battling Swansea City will eye a crucial win against defending Premier League champions Leicester City when they meet at Liberty Stadium on Sunday evening.
 
The Swans looked destined to drop to EFL Championship next year, with managers Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley both failing to produce results. However, the arrival of Reading-born Paul Clement has boosted their survival hopes, with the club winning three of the last five league outings. With only Arsenal and Manchester City ousting them, they look a solid side, especially in light of their 3-2 win at Anfield.
 
Although they now sit just a single point above the drop zone, they are certain to keep their top-flight status at least for one more season.

Preview: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspurs

Premier League preview: Tottenham Hotspur keen to add to Liverpool’s miseries
 
Liverpool welcome second-placed Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Saturday as they look to put their patchy form behind them and keep pace with the top-four Premier League teams.
 
The Reds enjoyed a stellar start in Jurgen Klopp’s first season; however, key players’ injuries and international commitments have seen them look shadows of their former selves. Having won just a single competitive outing – against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third round – in 10, they have become laughing stocks in the second half of the season.
 
Against a Tottenham side that has conceded the fewest goals in the division, they ought to produce an incredible performance to register their first win of 2017. Having lost to Swansea City at home and away at Hull City, their confidence shall be at its nadir.

Preview: Leicester City vs Man United

Premier League preview: Manchester United look to pile misery upon champions Leicester City

Manchester United travel to King Power Stadium as they take on outgoing Premier League champions Leicester City on Sunday evening.

The Red Devils initially showed immense promise in light of the arrivals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jose Mourinho. However, inconsistency and intermittent injury crisis have seen them fall out of the title race as they now sit 14 points behind table toppers and title favourites Chelsea.

Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal

Premier League preview: In consistent Arsenal eye quick revival at Chelsea

Arsene Wenger takes his side to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening as Arsenal look to bounce back swiftly after being capitulated by Watford at home last Tuesday, with a morale-boosting victory over Chelsea.

With Watford heading into the midweek Emirates Stadium clash on the back of a terrible run of form, observers pencilled in Arsenal to emerge runaway winners. However, a lacklustre first-half performance saw the Hornets score two within 13 minutes, and the Gunners' second half resurgence was insufficient to avert an upset. They, thus, failed to capitalise on table toppers Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Liverpool as they remain nine points adrift of their Saturday's opponents.

Preview: Liverpool vs Chelsea

Preview: Liverpool vs Chelsea

Struggling Liverpool will hope to secure all three Premier League points when in-form Chelsea vist Anfield, on Tuesday night.

Liverpool managed a stellar start to the 2016-17 campaign, defeating Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City in 2016. However, they have looked hapless since the turn of the year, surrendering to defeats to Swansea City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton. The past week, in particular, has been forgettable as they have suffered Football Association Cup and English Football League Cup exits in that time frame.

After being considered serious contenders for Leicester’s title, the Reds have now fallen down the table as they sit fourth, ten points behind league leaders Chelsea. As a win can catapult them to second and move them to within seven points of Chelsea, they will look to nick a much-needed victory.

FA Preview: Saints vs Arsenal

Arsenal keen to score a revenge win against Southampton in FA Cup Fourth Round

Arsenal take on Southampton on Saturday night at St Mary’s Stadium in the FA Cup Fourth Round as they eye revenge after suffering English Football League Cup elimination at the latter’s hands earlier this season.

Coming off a nerve-wracking last-gasp 2-1 victory over Burnely in Premier League last weekend, the well-rested Arsenal side will look to capitalize on the Saints’ fatigue. Claude Puel’s men only on Wednesday night played 90 minutes of gruelling English Football League Cup game at Liverpool. With the Anfield win securing them a Wembley Stadium appearance on February, they will hope to boost their chances of making yet another Wembley appearance by advancing further in the FA Cup.

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