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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 — 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! 🙏 #ncfc pic.twitter.com/lkrIbYXOaZ — 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 — 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...

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...

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… ██████████████]99.9%#ChineseGP 🇨🇳 #F1 pic.twitter.com/YJ2XxCgcqA — 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...

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

With the FA Cup semi-finals taking centre stage this weekend there are only a handful of Premier League games on the fixture list for Saturday and Sunday. The pick of them comes on Sunday when Champions League-chasing Arsenal head north to face a rejuvenated Everton, who are hoping to build on back-to-back victories over Chelsea and West Ham. Here Press Association Sport looks at five talking points for the weekend’s games. Can Arsenal prosper on the road? Crucial fixtures await us. 🔴 #WeAreTheArsenal pic.twitter.com/lB4zwpiqiO — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 5, 2019 With the four-way battle for the final two Champions League berths hotting up, it is Arsenal who have moved into pole position with seven wins from their last nine. They begin the weekend in fourth place, but Sunday’...

Republic of Ireland vs. Georgia: 5 talking points ahead of Euro 2020 qualifier

The Republic opened their campaign with an unconvincing win in Gibraltar. Mick McCarthy will send the Republic of Ireland into a very difficult Euro 2020 qualifying showdown with Georgia on Tuesday night hoping to erase the memory of a grim evening in Gibraltar. Ireland ground out a far-from convincing 1-0 win in difficult conditions at the Victoria Stadium to launch their campaign with the three points they needed, but gained little else from their trip to the Rock. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the talking points surrounding the game. Welcome home MMcC: Very excited about managing in Dublin again. Can’t wait to stand there, being the manager and hearing the national anthem. I’m very, very excited, looking forward to it. #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/EQSJI7B2...

England head to Montenegro – the key talking points

Gareth Southgate’s men are looking to make it two wins from two at the start of their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. England hit the road as their Euro 2020 qualification campaign takes them to Montenegro on Monday. Here, Press Association Sport takes a closer look at some of the talking points ahead of the Group A encounter in Podgorica. Can England secure a first win in Montenegro? Raheem Sterling’s Wembley hat-trick gave England the perfect start to qualification (Nick Potts/PA) England could hardly have wished for a better start to qualifying after swatting aside the Czech Republic 5-0 in Friday’s Group A opener. Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick helped see off the second seeds at Wembley. England have drawn their two previous visits to the hostile Gradski Stadion ...

Northern Ireland begin Euro 2020 qualification – the key talking points

Northern Ireland will begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign this week with back-to-back home games against Estonia and Belarus. With Holland and Germany the other two nations in Group C, getting off to a winning start looks to be a minimum requirement if this campaign is not to be a repeat of last year’s deeply frustrating Nations League. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five talking points around Thursday’s game. Friendly fixtures? Davis: “it’s clearly a tough group but the fixtures give us a chance for a good start.” #GAWA — Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) March 20, 2019 The draw may have been harsh on Northern Ireland but the fixture list has arguably been kind, with home and away games against Estonia and Belarus first up. Keeping Holland and...

5 talking points ahead of the FA Cup quarter-finals

The FA Cup quarter-finals take place this weekend, with the eight remaining teams eyeing a place at Wembley. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five talking points ahead of the four ties. Continuing the quadruple assault Manchester City have already won the Carabao Cup this season (Nigel French/PA) With the Carabao Cup already in the trophy cabinet, easy Champions League progression this week and sitting on top of the Premier League, Manchester City will now turn their attention to the next stage of their quadruple mission. They will certainly be favourites to make it to the semi-final as they visit Swansea, but Pep Guardiola, whose best FA Cup achievement at City is the last four, will be wary after his side were embarrassed at Wigan last season. Guardiola is unlikely to waver too muc...

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