It is sometimes a shame when teams from the same national leagues are drawn against each other in the Champions League. It’s a joy to see sides who don’t normally compete on the same pitch doing battle but there is nothing disappointing about the draw that pit Liverpool against Manchester City.
The Irish Grand National is the feature race of the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse. Like the British equivalent, this is a hugely competitive handicap with a very big field set to go to post and a big test of stamina with a distance of three miles, five furlongs and 24 fences to be navigated.
The Easter Weekend is a slightly strange one in British and Irish horse racing. While racegoers want to make the most of the Bank Holiday to catch some sporting action, the start of the Flat season on the turf and the proximity to the festivals at both Cheltenham and Aintree can make it hard to tempt trainers to send their top class horses racing at Easter.
The derby match between Chelsea and Tottenham is always a huge occasion for fans of the two London clubs. Some derbies, however, are more important than others. Take Tottenham’s trip to Stamford Bridge in May 2016. Chelsea’s fans and players took great delight in ending Spurs’ chances of winning the Premier League title by holding their rivals to a 2-2 draw that night.
Things can change very quickly in football, just ask Arsene Wenger and Paul Lambert. After a string of disappointing result, Wenger was fighting for his job when he took his Arsenal side to San Siro to face an in-form AC Milan side. The Gunners pulled a performance from out of nowhere to give themselves the chance of finishing another season full of protests and anger on a high.