Hot and Cold: It’s advantage Man City in the title race

It's been another bumper week in the world of sport. Hot and Cold looks back at the highlights and lowlights...

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Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez (left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with Kyle Walker

Hot and Cold: It’s advantage Man City in the title race

It’s been another bumper week in the world of sport.

Hot and Cold looks back at the highlights and lowlights…

 

HOT

Man City

It might not have been their most stylish win of the Premier League season, but the 1-0 victory over Bournemouth could well be Man City’s most important as they moved one point clear of Liverpool at the top of the table. After throwing away a healthy advantage, can a Reds side suddenly looking a little lethargic regroup?

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez (centre right) celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game with team mates

 

 

Bayern Munich

It’s not just the Premier League that looks set for a grandstand finish with Bayern Munich now looking relentless in their quest for another Bundesliga title. At the turn of the year, Borussia Dortmund looked to be steamrolling towards a first league trophy since 2011/2012, but the reigning champions have now pulled level – and it would appear momentum is on their side.

 

Leeds Utd

A very good week for Marcelo Bielsa, with his Leeds side putting a marker down in the Championship promotion race with an emphatic 4-0 win over fellow promotion chasers West Brom.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa crouches on the touchline as West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore (right) stands nearby during the Championship match at Elland Road, Leeds.

 

It’s increasingly looking like two from three out of Norwich, Leeds and Sheffield Utd for the automatic spots. Will this finally be Leeds’ year?

 

S.S. Lazio

In a weekend of huge derbies across Europe, it was arguably Lazio who pulled out the outstanding performance of the weekend, seeing off cross-city rivals Roma 3-0 courtesy of goals from Calceido, Immobile and Cataldi at Stadio Olimpico.

 

Laura Muir

A second successive European Indoors double for the 25-year-old Scot in the 1,500m and 3,000m surely seals Muir’s place as the next superstar of British athletics. Next in her sights… the World Championships in Doha in the autumn.

Great Britain’s Laura Muir celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women’s 1500m final during day three of the European Indoor Athletics Championships at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow.

 

 

Chloe Kim

Finally, something as innocuous as a broken ankle wasn’t going to stop champion snowboarder Chloe Kim from securing silverware this weekend, as the fearless American claimed a silver medal in the Burton US Open – despite fracturing her ankle in her very first run of the event.

 

COLD

Cardiff City

It’s worrying times in South Wales with Cardiff suffering their worst run of the season just as the season moves towards its conclusion. A home game against West Ham now takes on extra significance with four of the ‘Big Six’ to play in their final nine league games.

 

Brendan Rodgers

Welcome back to the Premier League, Brendan. Andre Gray made it a return to forget for Rodgers as former club Watford downed his Leicester side in Sunday’s early kick-off in a result that could be decisive in ensuring that European football is heading to Hertfordshire, rather than the East Midlands, next season.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers (left) and Jamie Vardy during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford.

 

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

What a time to miss from 12 yards for the usually-dependable Gabonese striker as the Arsenal man fluffed his chance to score the winning goal in a potentially season-changing North London derby. Could that be the day an unlikely Champions League charge suddenly died?

 

Scott Parker

No fairytale start for the Premier League’s newest boss, but he at least went some way towards restoring much needed pride as relegation-threatened Fulham slipped to an unlucky 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea.

Fulham interim manager Scott Parker gestures on the touchline during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London.

 

Survival might prove ‘mission impossible’, but on this display Parker may repeat Darren Moore’s copybook at West Brom last season in adding some small crumbs of comfort to a season to forget.

 

Ipswich Town

It’s approaching game over for the Tractor Boys’ 16-year stay in the EFL Championship with an agonising last-gasp 1-2 home defeat to fellow strugglers Reading surely the nail in the coffin for Ipswich’s survival hopes.

 

Johnny Walker

We all enjoy a memorable celebration, and they don’t come much better than MMA fighter Walker’s effort after knocking out Misha Cirkunov in Las Vegas. The 26-year-old’s misguided ‘worm’ took the shine off his victory as an awkward fall ensured he ended the fight with victory – and a dislocated shoulder. Stick to the fist-pump next time, Johnny.

Mar 2, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Johnny Walker (blue gloves) defeats Misha Cirkunov (red gloves) during UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA

 

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