We’re right into the heart of the preparations for the Grand National. The race is still some weeks away but trainers of all of those with a hope of competing at Aintree are putting their charges through their paces.
Huddersfield grabbed a much needed win last weekend. David Wagner’s men ended a run of eight games without a win and climbed out of the relegation zone by beating Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.
Ted Potter Jr. shocked everyone last week. The 24-year-old defied his odds of 500/1 to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, getting himself a place in the Masters in the process. The chances of another shock win are significantly smaller one week on as the PGA Tour heads to Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Open.
Huddersfield’s recent form does not make for good reading. The Terriers’ slide down the table has taken them to 19th position following a run of eight games without a win and five straight defeats. David Wagner will tell his players they should remain confident as things can change very quickly given the way the bottom half of the Premier League is set up. Huddersfield are just three points away from 12th placed West Ham so there’s a chance for them to climb the table very quickly, starting with a win against Bournemouth on Sunday.
Newcastle may very deep in the mire of a relegation battle but there are reasons to be cheerful on Tyneside. Rafa Benitez’s team have shown signs of real improvement lately and Man City are the only team to beat them in the Premier League since before Christmas. They’ve been frustrated by draws against Swansea, Burnley and Crystal Palace in recent weeks but Toon Army would take a point when Man Utd visit St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon. Man Utd’s recent strong form was punctured by defeat against Tottenham last Wednesday night.