Magpies to test Spurs in Capital One Cup

Newcastle have sensationally turned their season around in recent weeks and travel to Tottenham on Wednesday night looking to book their place in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup. Newcastle The bookmakers have installed Spurs as short-priced favourites but there is only one point between the teams in the Premiership. Tottenham are currently seventh with the Magpies just one place beneath them but that does not reflect the spectacular… Read More »

Liverpool can book semi-final place

Liverpool’s recent problems have been well documented with their Champions League exit followed by a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday. The pressure is mounting on manager Brendan Rodgers as he takes last season’s Premiership runners-up to the south coast to face Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup. Liverpool Talk of a crisis at Liverpool is an exaggeration as their defeat against Manchester United was their first in six… Read More »

Communicator can see off Newbury rivals

Newbury stages a good quality jumping card on Wednesday with seven races starting at 12.10. Communicator There are some promising novices set to go to post at 1.10 in a large field of 17 for the maiden hurdle. Communicator seems to have been around for a long time but will be having only his second race over hurdles for Jonjo O’Neill. The six-year-old son of Motivator has been a stalwart… Read More »

Chelsea to outclass Derby in Cup clash

Chelsea seem to have resumed normal service after their blip at Newcastle and now travel to Championship side Derby, looking to book their place in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup. Chelsea Although one leading bookmaker in the UK has already paid out on Chelsea to win the Premier League, they are now being stalked by Man City. They could also face challenges from the resurgent Man United while… Read More »

Blades can take Southampton to extra-time

It’s quarter-finals week in the Capital One Cup and Southampton face a tricky visit to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United on Tuesday. Southampton A few weeks ago, the Saints would have been a safe bet to win this and move a step closer to a rare piece of silverware but their season is threatening to unravel. Having soared to second place in the Premiership, Southampton have run into a… Read More »

Australia to maintain fine record in Brisbane

Australia bid to back up their 48-run victory in the opening Test when they face India at Brisbane on Wednesday. India The tourists are boosted by the return of regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni following a thumb injury. They were led by Virat Kohli in Adelaide and put up a gallant effort before falling short on the final day. India face a daunting task with Australia having remained unbeaten on… Read More »

Cartier to atone for Goodwood defeat

There are some decent fillies set to face the starter in the maiden fillies’ race at Kempton at 4.20 on Tuesday. Cartier David Simcock’s Cartier is a daughter of Montjeu out of a Linamix mare and made an eye-catching debut at Doncaster in August. She was staying on strongly at the end of the mile race won by Montalcino, eventually finishing third of the fourteen runners. The winner ran well… Read More »

Roma worthy favourites for Europa League

The Europa League is the destination for Liverpool after their disappointing exit from the Champions League last week. Their failure to beat Basel means that last year’s Premiership runners-up will attempt to emulate Chelsea who lifted the trophy in 2013 after suffering a similar disappointment. The Europa League has come in for criticism as the poor relation of the Champions League in recent seasons. This year, the event has the… Read More »

Lukaku can extend QPR travel sickness

Everton have made a disappointing start to their Premiership season and currently languish in thirteenth place in the table. The go into Monday night’s home game with struggling QPR knowing that a victory will move them up to tenth spot, ahead of Merseyside rivals Liverpool on goal difference. Everton Defender John Stones could make his return after two months out with an ankle injury but Gareth Barry is suspended. There… Read More »