Possession is one of the most discussed statistics in football. It is often used as a measure of one team’s dominance over another in a match but possession is far from a solid indicator of which team goes on to win the game. Just look at Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund. Spurs had less possession than Everton during their match on Saturday but ended as the very comfortable 3-0 winners. On the flip side, Dortmund had over 80% of the ball in their weekend Bundesliga game but had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Freiburg. Dortmund will likely see most of the ball when they take on Tottenham at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night but will that be enough for them to get off to a winning start in the Champions League?
It has been a very good season for fans of sprint horse racing. We’ve seen some classic battles between the best in the division and we should be in for another corker at Haydock with Saturday’s Sprint Cup. Run over a distance of six furlongs, the Sprint Cup is a Group 1 race which routinely contains many of the very best sprinters aged three and older. This year’s renewal could actually be one of the strongest in recent memory as a hugely talented field look to get the better of the early favourite, Harry Angel.
There are always several ways of looking at an individual horse race but oftentimes one story line catches the imagination above all others. Take this weekend’s Irish St Leger for example. There are plenty of exciting horse capable of a big performance in the field but everybody is interested in the battle between Order Of St George and Big Orange. Big Orange won by a short head when the two met in the Ascot Gold Cup but Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of St George is the bookies’ favourite for Sunday’s meeting at the Curragh. Which of the two will get the win this time around? Or will the Irish St Leger winner come from further down the betting?
Burnley went almost the entire season without winning away from home last year before they finally broke their duck on their travels against Crystal Palace in April. Palace have their chance for revenge on Sunday afternoon when they visit Turf Moor. However, that is easier said than done for a team who are without a point or a goal from their first three league games of the season. With pressure already mounting on Frank de Bore, Palace are desperate for a win while Burnley are looking to build on impressive away performances to win their first game in front of their own fans.
Slaven Bilic is teetering on the edge. The West Ham board have already begun briefing against their manager following three crushing defeats in the Premier League and a poor result against Huddersfield on Monday night could spell the end for the Croatian’s time at the club. Meanwhile, David Wagner’s star continues to rise at Huddersfield. Having taken the club into the Premier League for the first time, Wagner has overseen two wins and a draw from their opening three league games of the season and they have every chance of securing another win at the London Stadium.