There are just three more tournaments left of the European Tour season. Thankfully, they’re the high class events which make up the Final Series of the Race to Dubai which begin with this week’s Turkish Airlines Open.
Super Sunday kicks off with a London derby at Wembley Stadium as Tottenham host Crystal Palace. Palace have slowly begun to turn the tide after their horrible start to the season. Roy Hodgson has been working hard to instil a sense of organisation and tactical nous to the Eagles and results have started to pick up as performances have improved. Whereas Crystal Palace are concerned with the bottom of the Premier League table, Tottenham still have ambitions to finish at the very top of the pile. That is difficult enough given the level of competition they have but it’s harder still as they have to juggle their league campaign with their exploits in Europe. Sunday’s game comes hot on the heels of Spurs’ match with Real Madrid at Wembley so Mauricio Pochettino must utilise the depth of talent in his squad and/or ask some of his stars to dig deep into their reserves of stamina.
We are being treated to some wonderful fixtures in the Premier League this weekend. Super Sunday is very much worthy of the name but before we get there we’ve got a potential cracked on our hands at the London Stadium. West Ham and Liverpool have served up some thrilling matches in recent years. The Reds won 4-0 in Stratford last season, West Ham won 3-0 at Anfield in 2015 and the best game of the lot came in the 2006 FA Cup final.
Tottenham fans were far from happy when the draw for the Champions League group stage was made. Spurs were placed into Group H alongside Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia in a veritable group of death. Thankfully for all Spurs, their excellent performances over the first three games (they have two wins and a draw) coupled with Borussia Dortmund’s woeful start means the North London side will qualify for the knockout stages with a win over Real Madrid at Wembley on Wednesday night. Of course, that’s easier said than done against the two time defending Champions League champions.
The big challenges of the National Hunt season are very much ahead of us but these early stages are still very important. Trainers put in a lot of thought about how best to reintroduce their horses to competitive action. For some of the main contenders over the middle distances, that means an early appearance at Aintree for the Old Roan Handicap. The Old Roan Handicap is a Grade 2 steeplechase open to horses aged four and older. Run over Aintree’s Mildmay Course, it comprises a 16 fences and two miles, four furlongs. With a selection of quality horses entered for Saturday’s race, we’ve got a tough betting puzzle to unpick.