Relegation from the Premier League is rarely straightforward. Every couple of years a team will drop out of the top flight without putting up much of a fight but more often than not there are a series of ups and downs along the way.
Are we finally witnessing the end of Arsene Wenger’s time as Arsenal manager? The Frenchman has been losing support among the Gunners’ faithful for years now but it finally feels as though the tide has turned and the board will make a change come the end of the season. After a couple of horrible performances in the Carabao Cup final and against Brighton last week, the atmosphere at the Emirates could be horrible come kick off. It will definitely be horrible if Watford manage to get in front and you can be sure Javi Gracia will be imploring his team to turn the crowd against the home side.
Fans of the Premier League have been hyping up the battle to avoid relegation for months now. The bottom half of the table remains incredibly tight with eight or nine teams still threatened with the drop. It’s fair to say that West Brom, who are eight points away from safety going into the weekend, are too far adrift and will be relegated. Stoke, however, still have a chance of staying up despite a run of just one win in their last 10 league games.
This weekend is always a tricky one in the world of horse racing. Most of the top National Hunt trainers have already got their horses ready for a crack at the Cheltenham Festival which runs the risk of some low quality contests at the meetings taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
It’s Imperial Cup day on Saturday at Sandown Park. The feature race is good enough to entice punters to the Surrey course on its own but it’s not the only quality action on the day. The Matchbook VIP Novices’ Hurdle (registered as the European Breeders Fund Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final) is well worth closer attention from a betting perspective.