Hot and Cold: The quadruple chase continues for City

It’s been another action-packed week of sport, but who had a week to remember and who had one to forget? Hot and Cold looks back at who’s up and who’s down over the last seven days of sport…

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates with Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero

Hot and Cold: The quadruple chase continues for City

It’s been another action-packed week of sport, but who had a week to remember and who had one to forget?

Hot and Cold looks back at who’s up and who’s down over the last seven days of sport…

 

HOT

MAN CITY

They had to do it the hard way, but Pep Guardiola’s side moved another step towards an unprecedented quadruple with a stirring late comeback against plucky Swansea City. Will the Citizens secure a clean sweep and write their name in the history books?

 

BRIGHTON, WATFORD, WOLVES

Who says the magic of the FA Cup is dead? With several Premier League sides falling by the wayside early in this year’s competition, a favourable draw offered three ‘unfashionable’ sides an irresistible opportunity to secure a memorable day out at Wembley.

Brighton’s Solly March, Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk celebrate after they win on penalties

 

All three managers deserve credit for opting to field strong starting line-ups in the quarter-finals – a decision that paid off. For Brighton and Wolves fans in particular, a semi-final appearance has been a long time in the making.

 

LEAGUE ONE RELEGATION RACE

The EFL always quietly produces some of the best drama of any sporting competition, and this season’s League One relegation race looks like it could serve up the one of the most entertaining – and nerve-wracking – final days in history.

With only eight games to go, 12 teams are currently locked in the relegation battle, with 10 of those teams separated by just three points. Expect mobile networks to take a hit on 4th May as thousands of fans up and down the country frantically refresh their phones.

 

LIONEL MESSI

Another hat-trick for the Argentinean this weekend (33 in La Liga, but who’s counting?) and another goal of such technical brilliance you genuinely do wonder if he’s human.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona), MARCH 13, 2019 – Football / Soccer : UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd leg match between FC Barcelona 5-1 Olympique Lyonnais at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by D.Nakashima/AFLO)’

 

Even Betis fans heading towards a thumping 4-1 home defeat couldn’t help but applaud. The greatest ever.

 

VALTTERI BOTTAS

The new F1 season desperately needed a shot in the arm with Lewis Hamilton’s recent processions towards the title often meaning the Drivers’ Championship has been badly lacking in suspense going into the final few races of the season.

An early victory for his teammate Bottas in Australia is a promising sign that things might just be different this campaign. F1’s supremos will certainly have their fingers crossed.

 

WARREN GATLAND

What a way to call time on your Six Nations career. The Wales coach signed off in style in his final Six Nations campaign by watching his side ease to an emphatic 25-7 victory over an Ireland side that have flattered to deceive at this tournament.

Wales lift the Six Nations and Triple Crown trophy after the Guinness Six Nations match at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff.

 

Gatland still has a World Cup in Tokyo to plan for – but few would now rule out the Welsh springing a surprise on the world stage.

 

RORY MCILROY

A St Patrick’s Day victory in golf’s unofficial fifth major – Sunday couldn’t have been scripted any better for the 29-year-old as he fired a warning shot to his nearest rivals ahead of next month’s Masters with victory at the Players Championship at Sawgrass.

It’s been four lean years for McIlroy since his last Major win – but 2019 could be the year he ends that unwanted statistic.

 

COLD

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN & FULHAM

Performances have picked up for both sides in recent weeks, but it looks as if fans will have to endure a long and painful waiting for game for relegation to be officially sealed.

Huddersfield Town manager Jan Siewert applauds fans after the final whistle during the Premier League match at London Stadium.

 

Jan Siewert will take encouragement from the fact his side are finally scoring goals, while Scott Parker has made the Cottagers harder to beat. Will both still be around to launch a Championship promotion campaign next season?

 

MAURIZIO SARRI

The pressure’s back on at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea slipped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to an Everton side that has hardly pulled up any trees this season.

With his star man Gonzalo Higuaín struggling to make an impression, will the powers-that-be at the Bridge now look to twist?

 

DAVID MARTIN

You are 20 seconds from a trip to Wembley. Your opponents need a ‘Hail Mary’ moment to force extra-time. All you need to do is see the game out.

Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan (left) chats with Millwall goalkeeper David Martin at the end of the penalty shoot out of the FA Cup quarter final match at The Den, London.

 

Unfortunately for Millwall keeper Martin, an inexplicable lapse in concentration literally threw Brighton a lifeline as he manhandled Solly March’s ball into his own net, with the Seagulls eventually advancing on penalties at the Den. Who’d be a ‘keeper?

 

LEEDS UTD

A choke at Elland Road at just the wrong moment for Marcelo Biesla’s impressive Leeds Utd outfit may just have handed Sheffield United the initiative in the race for promotion to the Premier League.

With his side slipping into third place, Bielsa will be hoping Leeds now relish being the hunter rather than the hunted in the chase to secure one of the two automatic promotion slots.

 

DARREN TILL

A night to forget at the O2 Arena for home favourite Till after he slipped to a shock UFC London defeat to Jorge Masvidal.

Darren Till (right) and Jorge Masvidal in action during their Welterweight bout during UFC Fight Night 147 at The O2 Arena, London.

 

After tasting defeat for the first time in his career, another shot at the welterweight title now looks unlikely in the short-term for the 26-year-old.

 

PRESENTING PERCY, NATIVE RIVER AND CLAN DES OBEAUX

After all the pre-race hype, none of the three big hitters at the front of the Cheltenham Gold Cup field managed to seize the moment, as 12-1 shot Al Boum Photo snuck through to take the victory, finally landing one of racing’s biggest prizes for legendary trainer Willie Mullins.

 

ROGER FEDERER

It’s never a good idea to write off the evergreen Federer, but could his surprise Indian Wells defeat to emerging talent Dominic Thiem finally signal a changing of the guard?

March 17, 2019 – Los Angeles, California, U.S – Roger Federer of Switzerland, wipes sweat during the men singles final match of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament against Dominic Thiem of Austria, on Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. Thiem won 2-1. (Credit Image: © Ringo Chiu/ZUMA Wire)

 

The Swiss great was uncharacteristically error-prone and leggy as Thiem battled back from a set down to take the win. Tennis fans will be hoping it was just an off-day rather than a last hurrah for Federer in the final of this tournament.

 

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