David Moyes did not enjoy his first match as West Ham manager. He watched on in disbelief at times as his new team missed a host of clear chances and allowed Watford to score two very soft goals en route to a home win at Vicarage Road. After the game, Moyes also had to answer questions about chants from the away support who continually called for the West Ham owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, to sell the club. The team’s horrible results, the underwhelming appointment of Moyes and the growing resentment at the board mean it’s unlikely to be a pleasant evening at the London Stadium on Friday when Leicester visit.
Cricket is a very different sport to just 10 years ago. The growth of the T20 form of the game and new innovations like day-night tests have changed the landscape but the importance of the Ashes remains untouched.
This week’s Monday Night Football takes in a trip to the seaside as Brighton host Stoke at the Amex Stadium. The Seagulls are on a run of four games without defeat and have only lost once at home since winning promotion to the Premier League. While the Brighton fans will be confident about their chances, manager Chris Hughton knows not to treat Stoke lightly. After some tough results and his fair share of criticism, Mark Hughes strengthened his position at the Potters thanks to four points from their last two games. That included a 1-0 win away to Watford which will give Stoke belief of their own. With two capable, confident teams, we should be in for an interesting encounter in front of the TV cameras.
The National Hunt season is really starting to heat up. This weekend sees some exciting races over fences but winter racing is about more than just the biggest obstacles. We’ve also got top quality encounters over hurdles including, not least with the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.
The National Hunt season is cooking on gas now. We had some quality racing last week and it goes up another gear this weekend with The Open meeting at Cheltenham.