EPIC CLASH ON THE CARDS….
Plenty to take in this weekend looking across all sports, the Six Nations returns and no doubt all eyes will be on England’s clash against Wales and the fight will be to overtake France at the top of the table who’s match with is set to be re-scheduled with France over positive covid tests.
Hooker Jamie George will return to England starting line-up and England boss Eddie Jones has spoken this week about the threat that Wale pose especially Captain Alun Wyn Jones following their last encounter with Wales…
“At times he (Jones) has targeted players in our team,”
“We’ve spoken about him and we understand what he’ll be trying to do.”
“It’s just about making sure we maintain our composure and our control,” said Jones.
Ireland needs to pick up points in what has been a very disappointing start to their campaign and will be tasting a good opportunity to do so against fellow Six Nation strugglers Italy.
The pick of the Premier Leagues weekend matches has to be on Sunday as Chelsea host Man Utd at the bridge with both sides unbeaten in their last five games but Chelsea edging it with only one draw to Man Utd three draws in the last five, and if West Ham slip up at home against Brighton that could hand a chance for the Blues to get back into the Champions League places.
Chelsea’s boss Thomas Tuchel came into recent criticism for his subbing of a sub Callum Hudson-Odoi when they took on Southampton last weekend claiming Hudson-Odoi didn’t show enough of what he was asked to do when coming on to the pitch with the match resulting in a 1-1 draw, but many pundits including ex Liverpool defender and Sky Sports presenter Jamie Carragher questioned his decision after looking back on footage and stats based on Hudson-Odoi’s minutes played.
“We don’t know exactly why he was brought off; we can say it was counter pressing or losing balls or different things, but sometimes a lot of managers see one thing and think, ‘I’m going to make a change,”
‘It may have been a problem that he was right in front of him. that is always a problem. If he was on the left, not the right, I think he would have stayed on.
“But he’s right in view of the manager. I think it was very harsh to bring him off – but it will send a message to Callum Hudson-Odoi if he ever comes off the bench again and it will send a message to everyone else in that dressing room – when you come on as a sub you have got to impact the game.”
“And he obviously felt he did not impact the game enough.”
There was excellent news put out this week that after recent government restrictions due to be removed step by step fans could return as early as Mid-May.
With the leisure industry due to open in April we will see Gym’s, swimming pools, golf courses and tennis courts all re open pathing the way for pilots to once again take place.
“The turnstiles of our sports stadia will once again rotate,” said Boris Johnson.
Sadly, there will be no test match Cricket to get stuck into over the weekend as England slumped to an embarrassing defeat inside two days to India with India now leading the series 2-1.
Winning by 10 wickets India dismissed England for 112 and 81 as 17 wickets fell in 53 over in two days between the two sides as neither side got to grips with a turning pitch.
England and Captain Joe Root will need to bounce back in style when they next meet to put yet another collapse well behind them, and having recently touched on how England looked to be turning a corner with recent victories overseas and becoming a force to be recon with where ever they play their test cricket, it will no doubt be on the minds of the players and the staff to come back with a positive response in the 4th and final test.
SIX NATION FIXURES…
Wales v England …16:45pm
PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Man City v West Ham
West Brom v Brighton
Leeds v Aston Villa
Newcastle v Wolves
Crystal Palace v Fulham
Leicester v Arsenal
Spurs v Burnley
Chelsea v Man Utd
Sheff Utd v Liverpool
Everton v Southampton
The best of the jumps action on Saturday comes from Kempton, with three Grade 2 races and a Grade 3 to wet the appetite, with the CLOSE BROTHERS HCAP CHASE looking a very open contest over the 3miles.
Over at Lingfield the all-weather card brings some solid looking races as they gear up for all weather championship day over the Easter weekend, with the best of the Lingfield action being the BETWAY WINTER DERBY STAKES with a big prize fund, and that’s where this weekend’s Nap comes from .
We have been in excellent form since the turn of the year with many decent priced winners, so let’s look to continue that good form this weekend and hope for more winners to build the betting bank up for Cheltenham Festival which is now only just over two weeks away.
14:40 Lingfield 27 Feb 2021
Betway Winter Derby Stakes
Group 3 | Class 1 | 4YO plus
SELECTION… FATHER OF JAZZ 2/1 (NAP)
Highly thought of four-year-old bay colt for the Rodger Varian team, won last three outings this term on the all-weather since returning from a break and only one previous run behind him. Very progressive and worth his place in this line up, an exciting prospect if all goes to plan this weekend.
15:35 Kempton 27 Feb 2021
Close Brothers Handicap Chase
Grade 3 | GBB Race | Class 1 | 5YO plus
GOOD/ GOOD TO SOFT
SELECTION… SLATE HOUSE E/W 12/1
Former Grade 1 winner over course and distance, encouraging run back to form last time out at Wincanton and yard coming back to form after a disappointing few months. Today’s mark see’s him well treated and promises to have a say come the business end if building on that run last time out.
PREMIER LEAGUE DOUBLE…
This weekend we will be looking to continue the good form from last weekend when the double was landed in fine style.
Goals galore is needed from both games as both selections for the double will down to over 2.5 goals with Leeds and Villa on Saturday and Sheffield Utd taking on Liverpool on Sunday.
LEEDS V ASTON VILLA … OVER 2.5 GOALS