Marathonbet’s Hot and Cold: Saints hand themselves a lifeline
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Can the Saints go marching on after finally giving their survival hopes a much-needed shot in the arm after beating south coast rivals Bournemouth 2-1? A spirited Saints performance has certainly left a few more teams sweating at the bottom of the Premier League.
The Championship’s ultimate Marmite figure may be heading for yet another spell of winding up opposition managers in the top tier after guiding his Cardiff side to a crucial 2-0 win at Hull City. The Bluebirds simply need to match Fulham’s result next week to secure a promotion that looked unlikely at the start of the season.
With many of his nearest rivals tripping up at the Crucible, the Chinese ace has quietly moved into prime contention to secure his first ever World Snooker Championship title. Can he go one better after finishing runner-up in 2016? With no Selby or O’Sullivan in his way, he surely won’t have a better chance.
The British driver is finally off the mark with a vital victory in Baku. The reigning champion looked all set to finish third but managed to steal the victory in a chaotic end to the race in Azerbaijan to take the Championship lead for the first time this season.
York City Knights
Congratulations to League One rugby league side York City Knights who notched up the biggest ever win in the history of the game with a thumping 144-0 win over the hapless West Wales Raiders.
Klopp’s European preparations
After shipping two late goals against Roma to make the second leg of their Champions League a little more tense than anticipated at 5-0 up, Jurgen Klopp could have done with a drama-free week. Any chance of that has now disappeared with the news his trusted assistant Zeljko Buvac will be taking a leave of absence, ushering in a media storm ahead of Wednesday night’s game.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but the Welshman must rue the day he accepted the poisoned chalice that is the Sunderland manager’s job. With new ownership set to take over the club for their unwanted journey into League One, perhaps a fresh start all round for everyone concerned is the right option.
Losing 5-0 to your fiercest rivals and handing the title over on a plate at Celtic Park – at the moment it never rains but it pours for Rangers. With Steven Gerrard reportedly on the verge of securing his first management role at Ibrox, next season promises to be fascinating for the neutral observer.
Red Bull Racing
The Red Bulls suffered a weekend to forget in Baku as Daniel Ricciardo ploughed in to the back of younger teammate Max Verstappen to bring a premature end to both their races.
After all the excitement at the prospect of a genuine Serie A title race for the first time in years following Napoli’s 1-0 win at Juventus a few weeks ago, the Light Blues have squandered the initiative following a heavy 3-0 defeat to Roma. The gap to Juve now stands at four points and the Scudetto will surely be heading to Turin for a seventh season in a row.
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