Premier League state of play: Furlough, charity and advanced payments

Football

Before this week, Tottenham Hotspur, Bournemouth, Newcastle United and Norwich City had already announced that they would be making use of the British government’s furlough scheme. The new program allows business to place staff on leave and have the state pay 80 per cent of their wages. Liverpool followed suit last Saturday, announcing that around 200 non-football staff members would ...

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Expiring football players’ contracts extended beyond 30 June by FIFA

Football

Football contracts that were due to expire on 30 June have been extended after a meeting of world governing body FIFA. Many players' deals were ending this summer, but now do not run out until the season is completed. Despite football contracts using the designated date of 30 June, any out of contract player must remain with their current club. This even applies to players on loan ...

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Should Spurs have kept Mauricio Pochettino as manager?

Football

It had been clear for weeks that Daniel Levy had a big decision to make regarding Mauricio Pochettino. Tottenham Hotspur’s poor start to the season had led to questions over the manager's future. From the outside, at least, certain members of the squad appeared to have lost faith in the Argentinian’s ability to lead Spurs out of their slump. In a choice between replacing the manager a...

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Virtual Grand National preview: What could’ve happened in Aintree showpiece?

Horse Racing

The 2020 Virtual Grand National is being broadcast on a special ITV Racing programme at 5pm this Saturday. Forty of the most likely runners from the real-life entries in Aintree’s world-famous steeplechase have computer generated versions of themselves taking part. The Merseyside venue has been lovingly recreated by Inspired Entertainment who have staged a virtual Grand National in ea...

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What is the state of play in the Premier League?

Football

When the Premier League season was initially put on hold last month, 4 April was the date that was pencilled in for its resumption. Needless to say, there will be no football taking place this weekend. Officially the 2019-20 season is now on hold until April 30, although the authorities – in this case the Premier League, Football League and Football Association (FA) – tacitly acknowle...

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Season Cancelled: English Leagues pull the plug on the 2019/20 campaign

Football

  A week is a long time in football even in ordinary times, so it stands to reason that much has changed in the last seven days. An emergency meeting between the Premier League, Football Association (FA) and Football League last Thursday produced a joint statement that announced the suspension of the 2019/20 campaign until April 30 at the earliest. Before that decision, play had been...

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Thurles preview: Capuccimix the Pierce Molony pick

Horse Racing

The feature race in Ireland on Saturday is the 2m 2f Grade 3 Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase (15:10) and Capuccimix looks worth siding with. Trained by Henry De Bromhead, this lightly-raced seven-year-old has been progressing well over fences this season. Capuccimix won his racecourse debut in a Clonmel maiden hurdle before finding a sounder surface too tough to handle when well-b...

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When Will The 2019/20 Premier League Season Be Concluded?

Football

[caption id="attachment_4526681" align="aligncenter" width="1150"] Richard Masters (centre) managing director of the Premier league in the stands[/caption] When the Premier League announced last Friday that the 2019/20 season would be suspended until April 4, few expected the action to actually restart on that date. And so it has proved, with England’s top flight – together with the Champion...

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Out of contract Premier League players: Who is leaving in the summer?

Football

The unprecedented situation that has resulted in sport shutting down leaves out of contract Premier League players with a problem. Their deals are up at the end of the season, but there is no way football can be played in England as normal. It goes beyond permanent contracts too with loan players creating a minefield. Common sense will hopefully prevail, but here is a full list of out...

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Limerick preview: Well Set Up appeals in Shannon Spray

Horse Racing

The first of two graded races at Limerick this Sunday is the 2m 6f Grade 3 Shannon Spray Mares Novice Hurdle (14:10) and Well Set Up has leading form claims of resuming winning ways. This Mark Fahey trained seven-year-old won three of her first four starts this season. After breaking her maiden tag on reappearance at Roscommon, Well Set Up was an eight-length runner-up to Listen Dear ...

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Midlands Grand National preview: Truckers Lodge appeals most in Uttoxeter staying showpiece

Horse Racing

Truckers Lodge is a progressive young stayer who ran a blinder when runner-up last time out, so - at 11/2 with SportNation - makes plenty of appeal to go on better and land the spoils in the 4m 2f Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter on Saturday (15:35). This Paul Nicholls trained eight-year-old was a useful hurdler who has quickly made up into an even better chaser, winning once and bei...

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Bet of the Day: Back derby draw between Fulham and Brentford

Bet of the day

A Fulham and Brentford draw in Friday’s West London derby looks well worth a wager, based on recent history and current form. Each of the last three encounters at Craven Cottage have ended with the spoils being shared. Brentford have also drawn four of their last six matches, including against Championship leaders Leeds United. They are next to hosts and neighbours Fulham in the ta...

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Cheltenham Festival day 4 preview: Staker Wallace value in Foxhunter

Horse Racing

Staker Wallace looks dcenet value to provide leading Irish owner JP McManus with another winner in the 3m 2f St James's Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase on Cheltenham Festival day 4 this Friday (16:10). McManus has had five winners in the first two days of the meeting at the time of writing and saw jos green and gold hooped colours carried to back-to-back successes in th...

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Triumph Hurdle preview: Goshen has plenty going for him in juvenile Grade 1

Horse Racing

The unbeaten Goshen has some strong form in the book, so - at 3/1 with BetVictor - he looks the one to be on in the 2m Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle that gets proceedings underway on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival this Friday (13:30). This Gary Moore trained four-year-old looked a smart recruit to the hurdling ranks when making all and winning eased down by 23 lengths at Fontwell back...

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Bet of the Day: Man Utd win in Linz fancied on Thursday

Bet of the day

Manchester United beat Linz odds should arguably be shorter with bookmakers for their Europa League last 16 first leg encounter in Austria on Thursday. The Red Devils have turned the corner in recent weeks, though. They come into this game on a 10-match unbeaten run. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have won seven of those, including at Chelsea and at home over neighbours Manchester City. ...

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