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Javi Gracia: ‘Watford need points more than Southampton’

Watford host Southampton on Tuesday night with Hornets head coach Javi Gracia insisting his side need the points just as much as their lowly visitors. With an FA Cup final meeting with Manchester City on the horizon and the potential for a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League, Gracia has enjoyed a fine first full season at Vicarage Road. Southampton, meanwhile, are still not mathematically safe from relegation and are currently five points clear of Cardiff in 18th – despite winning three of their last five matches. The trip to Hertfordshire is their game in hand and a chance for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side to all-but secure another season in the top-flight, but Gracia will be sending his players out with a clear message. “I think before playing the game, my players know perf...

Katie Boulter “devastated” after throwing away three match points in Fed Cup

A “devastated” Katie Boulter vowed to pick herself up and help Great Britain try to reach World Group II after a dramatic first day of Fed Cup action at London’s Copper Box. After Johanna Konta recovered from a dreadful start to defeat Kazakhstan number two Zarina DiyasΒ 4-6 6-3 6-2, Boulter led 4-0 in the deciding set and held three match points against Yulia Putintseva but lost 3-6 6-2 7-6 (6) to leave the match tied at 1-1 going into the final day. While Putintseva, one of the grittiest competitors on tour, celebrated exuberantly in front of the noisy band of Kazakh supporters, a tearful Boulter had to be consoled on her chair. What. A. Match.@PutintsevaYulia saves THREE match points in an epic encounter to win 36 62 76(6) against Katie Boulter and bring the visitors le...

Result: Norwich five points from promotion after rescuing late draw

Substitute Mario Vrancic curled home a superb free-kick with virtually the last kick of the game to earn leaders Norwich a point from a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. The visitors looked like they would come away from Carrow Road with a shock win after hitting back to lead 2-1, but the Sky Bet Championship leaders are renowned for their late comebacks and pulled off another to move five points clear of Sheffield United and Leeds with just three games remaining. The Canaries had taken the lead in the 19th minute through Marco Stiepermann but the Owls were always in the game and equalised just past the half-hour mark when Fernando Forestieri netted with a brilliant long-range effort. When Steven Fletcher scrambled the ball home early in the second half with what appeared to be his arm Da...

Five talking points ahead of the weekend’s Premier League action

Manchester City and Tottenham provided a spectacle for the ages in their midweek Champions League clash and the two teams will meet again at the Etihad Stadium – this time with both needing Premier League points. Here, Press Association Sport looks at the fixture and four other talking points ahead of this weekend: Can City and Tottenham go again? Mauricio Pochettino’s side reached the Champions League semi-finals in midweek (Mike Egerton/PA) Even before these teams provided an instant classic on Wednesday night, the Saturday lunchtime kick-off looked to be the defining fixture of the weekend. But the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final has amped that up several notches, not least because of its dramatic denouement. The question now is: are both teams physically and ment...

Manchester City vs. Tottenham – the key talking points

Spurs have a 1-0 lead following the first leg. Tottenham hold a 1-0 aggregate lead heading into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. Here, Press Association Sport looks at some talking points ahead of the game. Can City turn it around? The race continues… pic.twitter.com/BiuCWa77Ui β€” Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) April 14, 2019 To keep their quadruple hopes alive City will need to change their approach from the conservative system they adopted in the first leg. Then Pep Guardiola left out Kevin De Bruyne and deployed two holding midfielders in what seemed a damage limitation exercise. Something more like the normal attack-minded formation that serves so well in the Premier League will be expected, and prob...

Easter Weekend – the key talking points in the EFL

Promotion and relegation issues are coming into focus throughout the Football League as Easter approaches. Lincoln secured promotion from League Two at the weekend, with Ipswich entering League One from the opposite direction after their relegation was confirmed. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at what is at stake in the fixtures over the long Easter weekend. Championship That’s the spirit, Tetts! πŸ™ #ncfc pic.twitter.com/lkrIbYXOaZ β€” Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) April 14, 2019 Norwich can clinch promotion as soon as Friday if they beat Sheffield Wednesday and third-placed Sheffield United lose to Nottingham Forest. They will have another chance at Stoke on Monday and wins in both games could clinch the title should Leeds, in second, lose to either Wigan or Brentford or...

Hamilton wins F1’s 1,000th race – the key talking points from Chinese GP

Lewis Hamilton leads the championship for the first time this season following his victory at the Chinese Grand Prix. The Mercedes star moved clear of team-mate Valtteri Bottas with a flawless drive in Shanghai. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things we learned from Formula One’s 1,000th race. 1. Ferrari in a flap “It was right to give that chance to Seb” ⬇️ https://t.co/qEGZL6p44O β€” Formula 1 (@F1) April 15, 2019 Despite charging to an impressive sixth win in front of his adoring Chinese fans, Hamilton’s heroics were somewhat overshadowed by Ferrari’s decision to use team orders. Sebastian Vettel cut a forlorn figure in the team’s hospitality suite, defending his position as the team’s number one. When contending for a title, Ferrari h...

Scottish Cup semi-finals – the main talking points

Celtic saw off Aberdeen while Hearts overcame Inverness. Celtic’s quest for a third consecutive domestic clean sweep remains on course after they brushed Aberdeen aside 3-0 to set up a May 25 clash with Hearts. Here Press Association Sport takes a look at five things we learned from this weekend’s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals: 1. Neil Lennon’s job interview going well Neil Lennon could help Celtic win another domestic treble (Jane Barlow/PA) The Northern Irishman might not end up getting the Hoops job permanently even if he leads the club to the treble treble but it’s certain to say his interim role will not be made full-time if he fails to complete the clean sweep. But he has at least given himself the best chance after masterminding another Hampden triump...

Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to reach 97 points

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has set his sights on a club-record 97 points as the race for the Premier League title enters its final month. A 2-0 win over Chelsea restored the Reds’ two-point advantage at the top of the table after Manchester City, who have a match in hand, had briefly taken back first place with a win at Crystal Palace earlier in the day. The Reds now have 85 points, five short of their previous league best of 90 from 40 matches in the 1987-88 campaign in which they were champions. City won the league with 100 points last season but Klopp is targeting four more wins to push their rivals all the way over the closing few weeks. A memorable 2⃣0⃣0⃣th game in charge of the Reds for JΓΌrgen. πŸ’ͺ Boss. πŸ™Œ pic.twitter.com/8HltHO9wxp β€” Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 14, 2019 “...

This weekend’s Premier League fixtures – talking points

Plenty to play for at both ends of the table. Another exciting Premier League weekend lies ahead as the season hurtles towards a fascinating conclusion. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at five of the main talking points this weekend. Will Liverpool or City blink? Crunch time is approaching for Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola (Martin Rickett/PA) It is fast approaching crunch time in the most exciting Premier League title race for many a year. Liverpool hold a two-point lead at the top of the standings after riding their luck to win at Southampton last week, when Manchester City were wrapping up their place in the FA Cup final. Pep Guardiola’s men have a match in hand as a result and few would expect them to come a cropper at Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon. Within an hour...

Daniel Farke disappointed with dropped points against Reading

Norwich manager Daniel Farke felt hard done by after seeing his Sky Bet Championship leaders held to a 2-2 draw by Reading in a dramatic game at Carrow Road. The Canaries appeared to be on their way to a ninth straight win when they overturned a half-time deficit with goals in the 85th and 87th minutes to lead 2-1. Reading had gone ahead against the run of the play on the half-hour mark through Yakou Meite but the dominant Canaries kept plugging away and were rewarded when Ben Godfrey equalised with a powerful drive and Christoph Zimmerman then headed home a Kenny McLean corner. Keeper Emiliano Martinez then made an incredible save to prevent Jordan Rhodes from making it 3-1 with a close-range header and that stop was to prove crucial as, in the sixth minute of injury time, young midfielde...

Chinese Grand Prix – Five talking points

The Formula One circus has touched down in China for the third round of the new season. Lewis Hamilton trails Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by one point in the standings following the Briton’s fortunate victory last time out in Bahrain. Here, Press Association Sport dissects the talking points ahead of Sunday’s race. 1. One thousand up for F1 #Race1000 loading… β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ]99.9%#ChineseGP πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ #F1 pic.twitter.com/YJ2XxCgcqA β€” Formula 1 (@F1) April 8, 2019 Formula One will celebrate its 1,000th world championship race in China this weekend. Although Shanghai is a fine city, the track – located 20 miles to the north-west of downtown – is a soulless venue. It is also a race which is relatively new to the calendar, too, having joined in 2004. F1 chiefs wanted to stage t...

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