Sam Allardyce got his time in charge of Everton off to a winning start last week. The 2-0 win over Huddersfield wasn’t pretty at times but it’s the points that matter right now as the Toffees try to navigate a route away from the relegation zone.
West Ham came within 45 minutes of pulling off the surprise of the season on Sunday. The Irons showed a level of defensive organisation they’d not displayed for years against Manchester City and went into the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to an Angelo Ogbonna header.
Whenever a manager takes over at a football club they need a big win to kick things off and get the fans on board. For Claude Puel, that came with Leicester’s 2-1 win over Tottenham last week. He was greeted with only a lukewarm reaction from the Foxes’ fans but if he can keep them as stable at the back as they were at Spurs while retaining their threat from counterattacks, he’ll soon win over the doubters.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did his best not to publicly criticise his players after they threw away a three goal lead against Sevilla in the Champions League a fortnight ago.
The National Hunt season is definitely up and running now after some quality meetings last weekend at Cheltenham and Punchestown. The best of this week’s racing can be seen at Haydock with the 13th edition of the Betfair Chase. This is a relatively new fixture on the jumps calendar but the limited history is full of world class winners. The legendary Kauto Star holds the record for the most wins of this Group 1 but Cue Card can equal his tally of four victories if he wins the 2017 edition on Saturday. The news that the going will be heavy prompted Jessica Harrington to pull Sizing John from the race but there is still plenty of quality options remaining for the first leg of the Chase Triple Crown that also includes the King George VI and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.