The end of the flat racing turf season is a time for shrewd punters to take notes. By watching the leading two-year-olds in the big races, punters hope they can find an edge in the ante post markets for the first two Classics of the season, the 2000 and 1000 Guineas.
Roma need another Champions League miracle. Eusebio Di Francesco’s team somehow managed to get past Barcelona despite a first leg three-goal deficit and they now have to repeat the trick against Liverpool.
Sunderland are a warning to every Premier League club outside of the top six. The Black Cats fought valiantly against relegation from the top flight for several seasons before finally succumbing last season. Despite optimistic talk of bouncing straight back, Sunderland followed up one relegation with another and will be playing League One football come August. It’s a tale that could be repeated again and again.
Middlesbrough and Millwall are doing all they can to secure a place in the Championship playoffs. No quarter will be given when they meet on Saturday evening but before kickoff the Millwall players may well take a minute to thank their opponents.
Liverpool and Roma have confounded the pre-tournament odds to make it through to the Champions League semi-finals. Whichever one of those outsiders books their place in the final will, however, come up against one of the tournament’s early favourites.