Sports Previews

FA Cup: Plymouth v Liverpool Preview

Philippe CoutinhoLiverpool are staring an FA Cup upset in the face when they make the long journey to Home Park to take on Plymouth Argyle in a third round replay this midweek (7.45pm Wednesday, BT Sport 1).

Liverpool picked up a 1-1 draw in their last encounter at Old Trafford, taking the lead through James Milner before more …

EFL Cup: Southampton v Liverpool Preview

Adam LallanaSouthampton and Liverpool will both be looking to secure a first-leg advantage in their midweek meeting in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup (7.45pm Wednesday, Sky Sports 1).

Southampton advanced to this stage of the competition by getting the better of Crystal Palace (2-0), Sunderland (1-0) and Arsenal (2-0), with the latter victory particularly impressive given that it more …

FA Cup: West Ham v Man City Preview

Slaven BilicWest Ham United and Manchester City will each be aiming to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup at the other side’s expense when they go head-to-head at the London Stadium (7.55pm Friday on BBC1).

West Ham’s last encounter was against another side from Manchester: goals from Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw more …

Premier League: Burnley v Sunderland Preview

Sean DycheTwo relegation-threatened sides collide at Turf Moor this weekend, with Burnley and Sunderland both in need of all three points (3pm Saturday).

Sean Dyche’s Burnley were victorious in the traditional Boxing Day round of fixtures, defeating Middlesbrough by a goal to nil in front of their own supporters to move up to 14th place in more …

Premier League: Swansea v West Ham Preview

Dimitri PayetSwansea City are in desperate need of all three points as their battle against relegation continues against fellow strugglers West Ham United on Boxing Day (3pm).

Bob Bradley was tasked with pulling Swansea clear of the drop zone when he replaced Francesco Guidolin in the Liberty Stadium dugout in early October, but so far the former Egypt and United States manager has more …

Premier League: Crystal Palace v Man Utd Preview

Henrikh MkhitaryanManchester United are odds-on favourites to make it two wins from two when they travel to south London to take on Crystal Palace on Wednesday night (8pm on BT Sport 1).

Jose Mourinho’s team emerged victorious from their crunch clash with Tottenham Hotspur on more …

Champions League: Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Preview

Karim BenzemaReal Madrid and Borussia Dortmund fight over the questionable honour of securing Champions League Group F top spot this week (7.45pm Wednesday, BT Sport ESPN).

Madrid need all three points at the Santiago Bernabeu to take first place, though runners-up spot may actually do them more favours. In that instance, Zinedine Zidane’s men would be guaranteed to more …

EFL Cup: Man Utd v West Ham Preview

Jose MourinhoMan Utd and West Ham knock heads for the second time in four days, this time for a place in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup (8pm Wednesday on Sky Sports 1).

The two teams clashed in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, when goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diafra Sakho led to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. It was another disappointing result for more …

Premier League: Liverpool v Sunderland Preview

James MilnerLiverpool can move back to the top of the Premier League table – at least before Chelsea play later in the day – when they host struggling Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Jurgen Klopp’s charges were held to a goalless draw away to Southampton last time out, which brought to an more …

Premier League: Crystal Palace v Man City Preview

Pep GuardiolaManchester City ought to pick up only their second victory in their last six Premier League encounters when they travel to London to take on Crystal Palace (3pm Saturday).

Pep Guardiola’s (pictured) charges were held to a third consecutive 1-1 home draw before the more …

World Cup Qualifier: Chile v Uruguay Preview

Edinson CavaniA tight and testy affair can be expected when Chile host Uruguay on Tuesday (11.30pm GMT) in search of three points that would go a long way towards definitively righting their previously faltering qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup.

The controversial sending off of Edinson Cavani (pictured) under extreme provocation from Gonzalo Jara during more …

World Cup Qualifier: Brazil v Argentina Preview

Sergio AgueroSouth American rivals Brazil and Argentina go head-to-head in a crunch World Cup qualification clash at the Mineirao in Belo Horizonte this week (11.45pm Thursday).

With 10 of the 18 scheduled matches having already been completed, Brazil currently find themselves at the summit of the standings with 21 points from the 30 available so far. Given that more …

Premier League: Arsenal v Tottenham Preview

Mesut OzilArsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will contest the first north London derby of the 2016/17 campaign at the Emirates Stadium this weekend (12pm Sunday, BT Sport 1).

Arsenal remain level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City after their convincing 4-1 victory over Sunderland last time out. It was another excellent performance from more …

Premier League: Spurs v Leicester Preview

Claudio RanieriLast season’s Premier League title winners Leicester City clash with their closest challengers, Tottenham Hotspur, this weekend (3pm Saturday).

Although Spurs ultimately finished third in the table last term, their championship hopes were very much alive until the final few weeks of the campaign. Mauricio Pochettino and his players will more …

Premier League: Man City v Southampton Preview

Kevin De BruyneManchester City will be aiming to get back to winning ways when they welcome Southampton to the Etihad Stadium this weekend (1.30pm Sunday, Sky Sports 1).

Pep Guardiola’s men were held to a draw at the same venue last weekend, with Kevin De Bruyne (pictured) and Sergio Aguero both failing to convert from the penalty spot as Ronald Koeman’s Everton escaped with more …

World Cup Qualifier: Italy v Spain Preview

Giampiero VenturaThe Juventus Stadium in Turin will play host to a rematch of a Euro 2016 round of 16 tie this week, as Italy lock horns with Spain in a potentially crucial World Cup qualifier (7.45pm Thursday on ITV4).

The Azzurri, who ran out 2-0 winners when the pair went head-to-head at the Stade de France in more …

Premier League: Tottenham v Man City Preview

Mauricio PochettinoThe Premier League’s top two, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, go head-to-head in a heavyweight clash at White Hart Lane this weekend (2.15pm Sunday on Sky Sports 1).

Mauricio Pochettino’s (pictured) Spurs side exceeded expectations by challenging for the league title last term, and more …

Champions League: Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich Preview

Carlo AncelottiAtletico Madrid welcome Bayern Munich to the Vicente Calderon this midweek, with both teams looking to edge ahead in the battle to finish on top of Group D in the first round of this season’s Champions League (7.45pm, Wednesday on BT Sport Extra).

Atletico were beaten finalists in last year’s competition, going down to neighbours and city rivals Real Madrid on more …

Premier League: Arsenal v Chelsea Preview

Diego CostaArsenal and Chelsea renew Premier League hostilities at the Emirates Stadium this weekend (5.30pm Saturday, BT Sport 1).

Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to four matches in the League with a 4-1 thrashing of Hull City last weekend. A brace from Alexis Sanchez and further goals from Theo Walcott and more …

EFL League Cup: Leicester City v Chelsea Preview

Claudio RanieriLeicester City and Chelsea will turn their attention to knockout football on Tuesday evening, with the pair clashing in the third round of the EFL Cup at the King Power Stadium (7.45pm Tuesday on  Sky Sports 1).

Chelsea made it through to this stage of the tournament by beating League One outfit Bristol Rovers in more …

Horse Racing: Ayr Gold Cup Preview

Richard FaheyThis is arguably the highest-class renewal of the Ayr Gold Cup in living memory, but our preview has still found a nice each-way selection (3.45pm Saturday on More4).

Ten years ago an official rating of 93 was sufficient to earn a place in the Ayr Gold Cup, but this year only horses rated 98 or higher have made the cut. In fact, the whole field is separated by more …

Champions League: PSG v Arsenal Preview

Arsene WengerParis Saint-Germain welcome Arsenal to the Parc des Princes this midweek, with the two Group A favourites aiming to steal an edge on the other in the first round of matches in the Champions League group stage (7.45pm Tuesday on BT Sport 2).

Arsenal have failed to make it beyond the round of 16 of Europe’s premier club competition since more …

Premier League: Arsenal v Southampton Preview

Mesut OzilArsenal will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to three games when they take on Southampton, who are still awaiting their first victory of the 2016/17 campaign, this weekend (3pm Saturday).

Arsene Wenger’s charges overcame Watford 3-1 before the international break, picking up their first win of more …

Horse Racing: Doncaster Cup Preview

Luca CumaniThe 250th Doncaster Cup, run over the marathon trip of 2m2f, is the third and final leg of the Stayers’ Triple Crown (3.40pm Friday).

Mizzou (9/4) was no match for impressive winner Order Of St George in the Gold Cup, over 2m4f at Ascot in June, but he finished ahead of Sheikhzayedroad (10/1), Burmese (16/1) and more …

World Cup Qualifier: Sweden v Netherlands Preview

Vincent JanssenThe Netherlands will be hoping to put their disastrous Euro 2016 qualifying campaign behind them when they attempt to reach the World Cup in Russia in two years’ time, with Sweden also aiming to advance to the tournament as they begin the post-Zlatan Ibrahimovic era (7.45pm Tuesday on ITV4).

The Dutch failed dismally in more …

Horse Racing: Haydock Sprint Cup Preview

Henry CandyThe Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup, run over six furlongs at the Merseyside track, has produced three successful favourites in the last ten years (4.30pm, Saturday).

With winners at 14/1, 12/1, 11/1, 10/1 (twice) and 9/1 in the same period, it is a race in which the market leaders don’t always have things their own way. Burdened with favouritism for more …

Champions League: Man City v Steaua Bucharest Preview

Sergio AgueroManchester City welcome Steaua Bucharest to the Eithad Stadium for the second leg of their Champions League qualifying play-off this midweek (7.45pm Wednesday on BT Sport 2). Pep Guardiola’s men already have one foot in the group stage of the competition following last week’s 5-0 victory in the Romanian capital.

City made light work of the first leg on Tuesday, when more …

Horse Racing: Ebor Preview

Ralph BeckettThe Ebor, run over 1 mile 6 furlongs at York, is the most valuable Flat handicap in Europe and invariably a tough contest to crack (4pm York, Saturday).

Just one favourite has won the Ebor in the last 10 years and the winners have come at all prices from 20/1 up to 100/1 in that period. So this race has become a notoriously tricky puzzle for more …

Premier League: Leicester v Arsenal Preview

Jamie VardyLast season’s top two Leicester City and Arsenal face off at the King Power Stadium this weekend (5.30pm Saturday, BT Sport 1).

The Foxes were beaten by newly promoted Hull City in their opening encounter last Saturday afternoon, when Riyad Mahrez’s penalty was not enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat. It was more …

Horse Racing: Juddmonte International Stakes Preview

Roger VarianThe Juddmonte International Stakes has attracted 13 highly-talented middle-distance performers, including Eclipse Stakes winner Hawkbill (9/2), but it’s probably fair to say that most eyes will be on hot 13/8 favourite Postponed (3.40pm Wednesday at York on CH4 TV).

Roger Varian’s (pictured) five-year-old easily won the more …

Horse Racing: Hungerford Stakes Preview

Hugo PalmerThe Hungerford Stakes at Newbury has been won by one of the first three at the top of the bookies’ market seven times since it was upgraded to Group 2 status in 2006, which suggests that hopefully we shouldn’t have to look far for the winner (4.10pm Saturday, live on Channel 4 TV).

The favourite Home Of The Brave (6/4) is an more …

Olympic Football Preview

NeymarFootball may not be the Olympic event that most neutral sports fans look forward to, but all 16 teams taking part in the competition in Brazil will be desperate for success this month.

The action gets under way with a Group A double-header at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia on more …

Glorious Goodwood: Stewards’ Cup Preview

Dandy NichollsThe Stewards’ Cup is as fiercely competitive as ever but Dancing Star (13/2) looks to have every chance of becoming just the third three-year-old in the last 33 years to win the prestigious sprinting prize (3.45pm Saturday at Goodwood on CH4 TV).

The Aqlaam filly has gone from strength to strength this season, winning three of her four starts. The form of more …

Glorious Goodwood: Betfred Mile Preview

Michael BellThe Betfred Mile at Goodwood is traditionally highly competitive, but this year’s renewal appears to revolve around one horse, the 7/2 favourite Franklin D (3.10pm Friday, live on Channel 4 TV).

Trainer Michael Bell’s (pictured) four-year-old had been knocking on the door prior to his six-length win at more …

Horse Racing: Goodwood Cup Preview

Jamie SpencerThe Goodwood Cup features a rematch between the first two home last year, Big Orange (9/2) and Quest For More (8/1), with last year’s fourth, sixth and seventh also in the field (3.10pm Thursday).

Big Orange, who subsequently finished fifth in the Melbourne Cup, was originally intended to run in more …

Horse Racing: Sussex Stakes Preview

Frankie DettoriThe Sussex Stakes features three Classic winners and promises to be a fascinating contest (3.10pm Wednesday, Glorious Goodwood).

The stellar line-up includes Galileo Gold (2/1), The Gurkha (2/1) and Awtaab (7/1), not to mention 2,000 Guineas fourth and subsequent Jersey Stakes winner Ribchester (10/1). The first-named trio, all more …

Glorious Goodwood: Lennox Stakes Preview

Richard FaheyThe Group 2 Lennox Stakes market suggests that this is a two horse race but do Godolphin’s 9/4 joint favourites, Dutch Connection and Home Of The Brave deserve to be so far ahead of the rest at Goodwood (3.10pm Tuesday on Channel 4)? There are a couple of three-year-olds with realistic claims.

Home Of The Brave carries Godolphin’s third colours for more …

Glorious Goodwood: Vintage Stakes Preview

Charlie ApplebyThe Vintage Stakes (2.35pm) at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday is the first Group race of the meeting and should further clarify the pecking order among this season’s juveniles.

Boynton (5/2) and War Decree (15/8) were separated by just three-quarters of a length when first and more …

Horse Racing: Irish Oaks Preview

Roger VarianThe Irish Oaks market is dominated by Ballydoyle’s Even Song at 4/5 but some of her rivals stand a better chance of spoiling the party than the bookies suggests (5.45pm Saturday at The Curragh).

Even Song won the Group 2 Ribblesdale over this distance of a mile and a half giving Aidan O’Brien his more …

Horse Racing: July Cup Preview

Clive CoxThe July Cup is the highlight of Newmarket’s July Festival (4.35pm Saturday, Channel 4). This is likely to be a closely fought battle run at a furious rate over six furlongs.

Magical Memory (6/1) is understandably fancied. He is at his best on quick ground and may get it for the first time at the top level. This four-year-old has been a model of consistency this season. He won here on more …