The title is Liverpool’s to lose now

After beating Manchester City at the weekend Liverpool now have the thee best chance to win the title for the first time in 24 years.

Liverpool are two points ahead of Chelsea but more importantly they are seven points clear of City.

That means that even if City win their two games in hand they will still be one point behind the reds.

Liverpool have four matches left: Win all four and they will be champions, it is as simple as that.

Liverpool are on the verge of becoming champions

Most Liverpool fans are becoming very excited all over social networking websites and they believe that they have FINALLY done it and will win the Premier League.

For most neutrals as well, Liverpool winning the title is probably the best thing that could happen to the Premier League.

As a United man though this is not comfortable for me to watch. It was a strange match for me on Sunday as I didn’t want neither team to win but deep down I wanted Liverpool to lose more than City.

I obviously want Liverpool to carry on not winning the league, especially after the season that United have had.

We have literally swap roles for this season it seems and I am running out of hope that Liverpool can be stopped.

All I am hoping for now is a Jose Mourinho inspired victory for Chelsea when they visit Anfield in a couple of weeks.

Liverpool fans believe their time has come

It would be very satisfying for all United fans if Liverpool bottled it and City also failed to win the league.

I would rather Chelsea win the league than Liverpool or City. That sums up United season that I am cheering on Chelsea in the title race!

How great would it be if Fernando Torres scored the goal that cost Liverpool the title?

The final few weeks of the Premier League is going to be very exciting and I am sure there will be plenty of twists and turns yet.

I hope it goes down to the final day of the season personally!

What do you think? Will Liverpool win the league? Let me know!

 

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POLL: Champions League Results and Semi-Final draw

Here are the results from this week’s Champions League matches:

Tuesday 8th April
Chelsea 2-0 Paris St Germain (3-3 on aggregate- Chelsea win on away goals rule)
Dortmund 2-0 Real Madrid (Real Madrid win 3-2 on aggregate)

Wednesday 9th April
Bayern Munich 3-1 Manchester United (Bayern Munich win 4-2 on aggregate)
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Barcelona (Atletico Madrid win 2-1 on aggregate)

Champions League Semi- Final draw
Atletico Madrid VS Chelsea
Bayern Munich VS Real Madrid

 
Following the draw this morning, who do you guys think will contest the Champions League Final? Let me know in the poll!!

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POLL: Bayern Munich VS Manchester United

Tonight is that night that could change Manchester United’s season around.

With the scores level at 1-1 after the first-leg, United are still in with a chance against Bayern Munich in the quarter-final.

There is no doubt about it, tonight’s match is going to be even harder than the game at Old Trafford was.

Vidic's goal has given United a fighting chance

Vidic’s goal has given United a fighting chance

 

United put in their best performance of the season that night and were unlucky not to win the match.

If Danny Welbeck had of taken that GREAT chance in the first-half, who knows how the match could have ended.

The United players are going to have to be on top of their games tonight if they are to progress to the semi-finals.

Bayern Munich are the best club in the world right now and have already won the German league.

They play some great football under Pep Guardiola and have some of the most technically gifted players available to them.

English clubs do have a decent record at the Allianz Arena in recent years though, with Arsenal winning 2-0 let season before drawing 1-1 with the Germans this season.

Chelsea and Manchester City have also enjoyed victories against Munich in the past few years.

Munich will also be with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez ,who are both banned for the match.

With all of this in mind, what do you guys think? Can United pull off a miracle and beat the German Champions?

Let me know in the poll below!

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A look back at the 2014 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the first time ever yesterday ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg in what has to be thee most exciting race in years.

The race had it all: Overtaking, inter-team battles, crashes and a safety car with 10 laps remaining that brought all the field back together.

To top it all off the race took place at night time under all of the lights, something that makes the cars look much, much better.

Hamilton and Rosberg had a great battle

I enjoyed every minute of yesterday’s race especially the battle between Hamilton and Rosberg.

Both drivers gave it their all as they battled for the lead of the race. How long has it been since we have seen the top two drivers in a race actually overtaking each other and battling?

It was great to see that both drivers were aloud to compete for the victory without any team orders. That is exactly how it should be in my opinion, everybody is out there to race so let them race.

The Mercedes car is ridiculously quick and the way it is going we are going to be seeing many more Hamilton and Rosberg battles throughout 2014.

After the final safety car the pair were going three seconds a lap quicker than the rest of the field AND that included the pair scrapping over the lead.

The rest of the field definitely have a lot of catching up to do if they are going to get anywhere near the Mercedes drivers.

Bahrain was clearly a track for the Mercedes powered cars, with both Force India and Williams drivers battling for the final podium spot for most of the race.

It was unfortunate that the safety car period seemed to ruin the Williams strategy, allowing the Red Bulls to overtake them.

Sergio Perez deserves a lot of praise for managing to overcome his teammate and the two Williams throughout the race and getting on the podium.

Another driver who I have a lot of respect for is Daniel Ricciardo, who once again produced a great performance to finish fourth after starting from 13th.

The Aussie is showing just how good of a driver he is and he is getting the best out of that Red Bull.

He is outperforming Sebastian Vettel that’s for sure. How great was it to hear Vettel being told to move out of Ricciardo’s way?

Ricciardo then put another great move on his teammate later on in the race without any team orders. THAT WAS A GREAT SIGHT!

Overall the race was a good advertisement for the sport, especially after all the criticism of late over the new ‘greener’ cars.

The only cause for concern was the crash involving Pastor Maldonado and Esteban Gutiérrez. The front nose of the Lotus seemed to literally flip Gutiérrez’s Sauber into the air upon impact.

That was the worry with these brand new nose regulations and I hope that this was just a one off.

Wheels and Goals driver of the weekend: Sergio Perez - Do you agree or disagree? Let me know!!

 

 

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Andrew Jordan wins the BTCC Race 2 at Brands Hatch

Andrew Jordan made it two-out-of-two for the day at Brands Hatch after winning the second race of the day.

Jordan once again led from start-to-finish but the race was much more competitive than the first.

Jordan drove superbly throughout the race to told off the Honda of Gordon Shedden, despite the reigning champion having more success weight added to his car compared to the rest of the field.

Andrew Jordan kept his 100% record going

 

Ebay Motor’s driver Colin Turkington put in an impressive performance as he came from eighth on the grid to finish on the final step of the podium.

Matt Neal finished in fourth place in his Honda ahead of Nick Foster and Rob Collard.

It was a bad race for Jason Plato as he finished in 14th place after an engine problem caused him to stall at the start of the race.

There was a retirement before the race had even started as Rob Austin’s Audi failed to start the warm-up lap due to a driveshaft issue.

The start itself was full of excitement as Jordan once again made a great start to give himself some space.

Behind him Neal and Collard hit each other going down the hill before Sam Tordoff was pushed out wide at the hairpin.

The safety car was soon brought into action after Chris Stockton crashed going to the hill of the first corner. Luckily for Plato this allowed him to catch up and re-join the rest of the field.

Jordan got away excellently at the re-start and pulled away once more from the chasing Honda of Shedden.

Gordon Shedden managed to finish in 2nd place

 

The three Ebay Motor’s BMW drivers were all together on track, with Turkington in sixth place.

Turkington didn’t stay there for long though and made his way past Collard going into the first corner on lap nine.

Turkington made the exact same move two laps later on his other teammate, Foster, and moved up to fourth place.

It took the BMW driver three more laps to catch up to Neal and he once again made his move going into the first corner. Neal initially held his position going down the hill but Turkington eventually went down the inside at the hairpin.

At the front of the race Shedden was now all over the back of Jordan, who was now surely suffering from the success ballast.

The safety car was called upon was again on lap 20 after Martin Depper crashed out of the race into the barriers.

At the re-start it was Jordan again who got away from the chasing pack. Shedden meanwhile now had Turkington all over the back of him.

This allowed Jordan to get away and cross the line first to keep his 100% record going in 2014.

BTCC Brands Hatch Race 2 Results
1.Jordan
2.Shedden
3.Turkington
4.Neal
5.Foster
6.Collard
7.Smith
8.Morgan
9.Ingram
 10.Giovanardi

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Andrew Jordan wins BTCC Race One at Brands Hatch

Reigning champion Andrew Jordan won race one of the day at Brands Hatch as the 2014 British Touring Car Championship got underway.

The Pirtek Racing driver led from start-to-finish ahead of MG’s Jason Plato, who was unable to put in a strong challenge.

Andrew Jordan led from start-to-finish

 

Matt Neal finished on the final step of the podium after getting the better of his Honda teammate Gordon Shedden as both drivers learnt about their new Civic Tourer.

Rob Austin finished in fifth place in his Audi ahead of Ebay Racing’s Rob Collard.

It was Colin Turkington who got off the line the best at the beginning of the race but his BMW was blocked off by Plato going into the first corner.

Pole-sitter Jordan suffered from a slide going down the hill and pushed Plato off the track briefly. The slide was held perfectly by the champion and he survived the scare.

The returning Alain Menu was less fortunate going to the hill and he lost control of his slide and ended up spinning onto the grass.

There was a collision at the end of lap three as Aron Smith went into the back of Mat Jackson, causing the latter to go off the track.

At the front, Jordan and Plato were pulling away from the rest of the field. There was a great battle emerging for third position as Turkington and Shedden began to put the pressure on Neal.

Despite looking like he had the quicker car Turkington was overtaken by Shedden going into the first corner on lap 14.

Jason Plato was unable to challenge for the lead

 

There must have been contact between the two former champions as Turkington began to lose pace in the laps that followed and soon had a string of drivers  behind him.

Austin was the first of those cars and he made his move going into turn two on lap 18.

Next up was Turkington’s teammate, Collard, who was trying to make a move at every corner. Collard twice went around the outside of Turkington going into turn two but he was unable to make the moves stick.

Collard finally got the better of his teammate on the last lap of the race and Smith also followed him through, dumping Turkington down to eighth in the process.

At the front in was all too easy for Jordan as he crossed the line to send out a warning message to the rest of the field that he means business once again in 2014.

BTCC Brand Hatch Race One Results
1.Jordan
2.Plato
3.Neal
4.Shedden
5.Austin
6.Collard
7.Smith
8.Turkington
9.Ingram
10.Tordoff

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Lewis Hamilton wins the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won the second race of the 2014 F1 season this morning after starting from pole position.

Hamilton led the race from start-to-finish without anybody really challenging him as he achieved his first ever victory at the Sepang circuit.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg finish in second place to ensure that Mercedes left with the maximum 50 points in the constructors championship.

Hamilton cruised to victory in Malaysia

 

World champion Sebastian Vettel managed to finish in 3rd place in a Red Bull that has improved greatly since Australia.

Fernando Alonso finished just off the podium in fourth place after the Spaniard got the better of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg in the final few laps of the race.

Jenson Button finished in sixth place, showing once again that the McLaren team have improved vastly over the winter and are taking full advantage of their Mercedes package.

The 2009 world champion finished ahead of Felipe Massa and Votari Bottas of the Williams team after they became engaged in a fight between themselves with Massa actually ignoring team orders.

It was another bad day for Daniel Ricciardo as he suffered from a faulty pit-stop , a broken front wing and a 10 second stop-and-go penalty before eventually retiring from the race.

It was race one winner Rosberg that made the best start as he was able to overtake Vettel before the first corner and tucked in behind his teammate.

Ricciardo also made a great start as he got the better of Alonso and Vettel through the first couple of corners. Ricciardo showed real determination as he shoved Vettel out of his way and it was great to see that he will not be a push over.

There was drama at the start of the second lap as Kevin Magnussen tried to overtake Raikkonen at turn two. The pair ended up touching and caused front-wing damage to the McLaren whilst Raikkonen now had a puncture.

Vettel’s Red Bull has improved

 

Over the next few laps Magnussen was clearly struggling with his damaged car and was battling with the two Williams cars.

Magnussen was later punished for the collision and was given a five-second stop-and-go penalty.

Back at the front the two Mercedes drivers were pulling away from the rest of the field. Vettel managed to get back in front of Ricciardo going into the first corner.

After the first set of pit-stops it was Vettel who seemed to be catching the Mercedes of Rosberg. It looked like the Red Bull we have all become accustomed to as the German closed down Rosberg.

There was a brief worry that their could be a safety car after Adrian Sutil’s Sauber stopped on the entrance of the start/finish straight. The marshals stayed calm however and they were able to move the car to safety.

Lap 41 saw the beginning of the end for Ricciardo as he made his pit-stop. Upon release the team released that they had not fitted the front-left tyre on properly and the Australian had to stop in the pit-lane.

The pit crew managed to push him back and fit the wheel on correctly but Ricciardo was now two laps down and was under investigation from the stewards for an un-safe release.

It was a bad day for Ricciardo

 

Ricciardo then suffered from a front-wing failure on lap 43 which was causing damage to his new tyres and he was forced to pit once again for a new wing.

Moments after he returned to the track, Ricciardo was handed the expected stop-and-go penalty. On lap 51 Ricciardo brought the car into the pits and he retired from the race.

In the final few laps both of the Williams drivers were closing Button down. Massa was told over the radio that his teammate, Bottas, was faster than him and that he should let him through.

Massa was having none of it though and the pair ended up staying in their positions, allowing Button to escape.

At the front Hamilton cruised to victory without any problems ahead of his teammate to complete the first Mercedes one-two since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.

Malaysian Grand Prix Results
1.Hamilton
2.Rosberg
3.Vettel
4.Alonso
5.Hulkenberg
6.Button
7.Massa
8.Bottas
9.Magnussen
10.Kvyat

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Lewis Hamilton on pole for Mayasian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix from pole after mastering the wet conditions in qualifying.

Hamilton’s pole position means that he has equalled the British record for the number of pole positions, which currently stands at 33.

The Brit will start the race alongside current World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, in a Red Bull that looked much more competitive in the wet conditions.

Had Vettel not made a timing error in Q3 he could have found himself on pole.

Hamilton secured back-to-back pole positions

 

Nico Rosberg could only manage third place after he was unable to produce a clean lap in Q3. He will start alongside Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who recovered well after being hit in Q2 by Daniil Kvyat.

Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen complete the top six ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen.

Jenson Button rounds off the top 10 after his McLaren team made a strategic error by sending him out on Intermediate tyres in the hope that the track would dry out.

The beginning of qualifying was delayed by almost an hour as a tropical monsoon hit the Sepang circuit.

Once Q1 got underway most of the teams went with the intermediate tyres apart from the McLaren’s, who chose to go out on full wets.

Mercedes soon asserted their predicted dominance and were over two-seconds clear of the chasing pack.

The session was brought to a premature end when Caterham driver, Marcus Ericsson, suffered from a huge crash coming out of turn three. The rookie actually managed to spin and slide all the way down to the breaking point for turn four.

The rain started to fall once again at the start of Q2 and visibility was becoming an issue for all of the drivers.

This inevitably caused a collision when Kvyat hit a slow-moving Ferrari driven by Alonso at turn nine. The young Russian had to lunge down the inside in order to miss the Ferrari but Alonso turned tight into the corner leading to contact between the two.

The incident is currently under investigation by the stewards.

Both of the Williams drivers failed to make it out of Q2 after staying out on the intermediate tyres for too long meaning that for the second race running they will start well down the order.

The track was quite wet going into the final session and all of the teams went out on full wet tyres apart from McLaren.

Magnussen soon switched to full wets but McLaren decided to keep button out on the intermediates in the hope that the track would dry out quite quickly.

This was not the case though and button was unable to improve on 10th position.

Back at the front Vettel had put in a great lap time and was only 0.055 off the pace set by Hamilton. It was looking like we were about to have a showdown for pole position between the two.

This never happened though as Vettel slowed down too much to allow himself a clear track and failed to cross the finish line before the timer had run out.

This allowed Hamilton to remain on pole, although he did not improve on his personal best lap-time of 1:59.431.

Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying Results
1.Hamilton
2.Vettel
3.Rosberg
4.Alonso
5.Ricciardo
6.Raikkonen
7.Hulkenberg
8.Magnussen
9.Vergne
10. Button

 

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Premier League Fixtures

Here are the Premier League fixtures for this weekend:

All matches kick-off at 3pm unless stated.                                  Premier League

Saturday 29th March
Arsenal VS Manchester City (17:30)
Crystal Palace VS Chelsea
Manchester United VS Aston Villa (12:45)
Southampton VS Newcastle
Stoke VS Hull
Swansea VS Norwich
West Brom VS Cardiff

Sunday 30th March
Fulham VS Everton (13:30)
Liverpool VS Tottenham (16:00)

Monday 31st March
Sunderland VS West Ham (20:00)


Let me you your predictions and thoughts ahead of these matches!

 

 

 

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Another bad week to be a Manchester United Fan

So another week of the season has passed and there has been yet more disappointment for myself as a United fan.

Tuesday’s 3-0 hammering by our neighbours, Manchester City, was by all means expected by City fans and by neutrals around the country.

To be honest most United fans probably knew deep down that their team would not come out on top against City.

Manchester City heaped more misery on David Moyes

 

I myself went into the game in a relaxed mood, similar to the one I had ahead of the Champions League Final against Barcelona at Wembley, as I just was not expecting us to win.

I hoped and prayed that maybe, just maybe, United could sneak a 1-0 victory or even come out of the match with a draw.

It took 43 seconds for my heart to sink and for my mood to go from relaxed to worried. City had carved an opening into our defence with their first attack of the match and took the lead through Edin Dzeko.

From that moment on I could not see United getting back into the match.

I did however expect the team to at least put up a fight and put Joe Hart and the city defence under some pressure.

We all know that Martin Demichelis is the weak link for City and yet we did not expose this at all.

The difference in quality between the two teams was unbelievable and it was hard for me to watch in all honesty. I thought the mauling by Liverpool was a horror show but the lack of creativity and threat created by United was shocking.

One fan tells Moyes what he thinks as stewards protect the banner

 

Such was the mood I was in during the second half, I didn’t even react when City scored their second and third goals. I just expected it to happen, we created nothing and City looked like they could score every time they went forward.

I normally react and shout at the TV when United concede a goal, but for the City game there was nothing, just silence as I took it all in.

The players look like they have never played with each other sometimes and to be honest you have to point the blame at David Moyes.

He never plays the same team twice and has changed his starting 11 on a number of occasions.

His tactics and training methods are now coming under HUGE pressure from United fans and time has to be running out.

Not only that but you have to believe that the players themselves are sick and tired of the methods being used by the manager. Rio Ferdinand has publicly criticised Moyes and it cannot be a coincidence that Robin Van Persie has been injury plagued this season.

The pictures of the Manchester United fan shouting at the United dugout shows that the fans are finally running out of patience with Moyes.

I would just like to point out that at most clubs this would have happened months ago. Manchester United fans have been very patient with Moyes and have given him a much support as is physically possible in the world of football.

Moyes in now under a huge amount of pressure

 

The stewards protecting the huge ‘Chosen One’ sign at the Stretford End may have a job on their hands in the coming weeks.

Plans for an aeroplane to fly over Old Trafford on Saturday in the Aston Villa match have been given the go ahead, and this will show the fans’ frustrations.

The plane will have a banner that reads: Wrong One - Moyes OUT.

Should we not pick up three points against Aston Villa then Moyes will have much more to worry about than a plane carrying a message directed at him.

Oh and we have Bayern Munich visiting us next week in the Champions League….. This could be a bad few days for United fans.

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Marc Marquez wins the Moto GP opener in Qatar

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez has won the first round of the 2014 Moto GP championship at the Losail Circuit.

Marquez managed to come out on top in a battle against Valentino Rossi, in a race that was full of excitement and action throughout.

Marquez’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, finished on the final step of the podium in third position despite having a relatively quiet race.

Marquez and Rossi had a great battle

Marquez and Rossi had a great battle

The race did not go to plan for Jorge Lorenzo, Bradley Smith, Stefan Bradl or Alvaro Bautista, all of which crashed out of the grand prix.

Aleix Espargaro finished in fourth spot to earn the title of top ‘open’ rider, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso in fifth and Cal Crutchlow in sixth.

Britain’s Scott Redding managed to finish in seventh place on his Moto GP debut after a successful season in Moto 2 last year.

It was Lorenzo who made the best start, leaping from fifth on the grid to the lead going into the first corner, just ahead of Smith and Bradl.

Marquez was down in fourth after the first couple of corners but soon started making his way back towards the front.

There was drama midway through the first lap, with race leader Lorenzo crashing out of the race at turn 15 after losing the front end.

Lorenzo’s mistake allowed Bradl to take the lead with Marquez now right behind him after getting the better of Smith.

Lorenzo crashed of the race whilst leading

Lorenzo crashed of the race whilst leading

Bradl kept his cool for several laps despite having Marquez right behind him but the pressure soon got to the German when he lost the front end of his LCR Honda and crashed out.

This allowed Marquez to take control of the race and many would have believed that this was the moment in which the 21-year-old would ride off into the distance.

That did not happen though as a motivated Rossi had made his way from 10th on the grid to second place and was ready to challenge the champion.

The pair engaged in a great battle, with Rossi trying his hardest to match the raw pace of the Honda.

Behind the top two there was a great battle for the final podium spot, with Pedrosa, Smith and Bautista going at it.

Scott Redding finished in a respectable seventh place

Scott Redding finished in a respectable seventh place

It was the cool head of Pedrosa that came out on top, with Smith and Bautista both crashing out of the race within a couple of laps of each other.

Back at the front Rossi and Marquez were now pushing each other to the limit. With two laps to go Rossi made his move and went down the inside of Marquez.

Marquez fought back immediately and briefly took the lead back before Rossi once again went down the inside.

In the end though it was the pure straight line speed of the Honda that allowed Marquez to re-gain the lead as the pair started the last lap.

Rossi tried his hardest to catch the young Spaniard but was unable to find that extra bit of speed required of the Yamaha.

 

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Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger’s 1000th match in charge of Arsenal was turned into a nightmare this afternoon as Chelsea ran riot.

All of the headlines will be taken by referee Andre Marriner though, who suffered from a case of mistaken-identity.

The referee mistakenly sent off Kieron Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, after the latter had handled the ball in the penalty area.

Wenger’s day of celebration was ruined by Chelsea

Goals from Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schürrle, Eden Hazard and Oscar gave Chelsea a 4-0 lead at half-time.

Oscar added another goal to his tally in the second-half, before Mohamed Salah bagged his first ever Chelsea goal to complete the demolition.

Arsenal had started the match brightly and nearly took the lead after four minutes with Olivier Giroud forcing Petr Cech into a save.

Moments later however it was Chelsea who opened the scoring after some sloppy defending from Arsenal allowed Eto’o to curl the ball excellently into the top corner of the net.

Arsenal’s midfield continued to give the ball away and were punished a couple of minutes later when Schürrle drilled the ball into the bottom corner.

Chelsea were forced into making a substitution moments after the goal when Eto’o pulled up with a hamstring injury. Fernando Torres came on in his place.

The game was thrown into chaos after 15 minutes after a Hazard shot was handled in the box by Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Andre Marriner made a terrible mistake

The referee, Marriner, paused for a good few seconds before pointing to the penalty spot. What happened next however shocked both sets of players.

Rather than showing Oxlade-Chamberlain the red card, Mariner proceeded to send Gibbs off despite Oxlade-Chamberlain clearly telling him that he was the culprit.

Hazard happily stepped up and smashed the ball straight down the middle of the goal to make it 3-0.

Chelsea continued to push after the red card and they were rewarded on 41 minutes when some great play by Torres allowed Oscar to score a tap-in.

Arsenal were much improved after half-time and looked to finally be settling down in the match, with some neat play going forward.

This was short-lived though and Oscar found himself on the score sheet again with a shot from just outside the box that bounced over Sczczesny’s reach.

Chelsea were now hungry for goals as they look to improve their overall goal difference in the battle with Liverpool and Manchester City.

With 20 minutes to go the rout was complete by Salah who made a great diagonal run to stay onside and slotted home whilst one-on-one with the keeper.

The Result leaves Chelsea top of the Premier League, with Arsenal now seven points behind them in third place.

 

 

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Premier League Fixtures

Here are this weekend’s Premier League fixtures:

All matches kick-off at 3pm unless stated.

Saturday 22nd March                    Premier League
Cardiff VS Liverpool
Chelsea VS Arsenal (12:45)
Everton VS Swansea
Hull VS West Brom
Manchester City VS Fulham
Newcastle VS Crystal Palace
Norwich VS Sunderland
West Ham VS Manchester United (17:30)

Sunday 23rd March
Aston Villa VS Stoke (16:00)
Tottenham VS Southampton (13:30)

Let me know your predictions for the matches this weekend!!

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Manchester United’s Champions League draw reaction

The draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League took place today and Manchester United have well and truly been given the short straw.

United have been drawn against the current holders of the competition Bayern Munich, who are arguably the best team in the world right now.

Bayern knocked Arsenal out of the competition in the last round and currently sit 20 points clear in the German League.

RVP and Rooney now have to take on Bayern Munich

Lets not forget the demolition of Barcelona in last season’s Champions League as well.

All of my happiness from Wednesday night’s victory over Olympiakos slowly drained away today as news of the draw made its way to me.

I know that United are the outsiders to win the competition anyway but to be paired with the champions is just shows how United’s luck has gone this year.

This season is the first ever year that all eight group winners have made it to the quarter-final stage and this is without doubt the most star-studded final eight you could possibly have.

Despite this, I was hoping that United would have been drawn against Atletico Madrid or Paris St Germain.

Both teams mainly rely on their star strikers, Diego Costa (Madrid) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), to help guide them to victory and I believe that both these teams have weaknesses in the defence.

Bayern Munich are the current Champions League holders

Even an all English tie against Chelsea would have suited us much better as we know all about their style of play and have already played them on two occasions this season.

At this point in time I honestly cannot see United being able to defeat Munich, as much as I would like to believe they can.

The first leg is at Old Trafford but I don’t believe that this can count as an advantage after the events of this season. Teams such as Swansea and Newcastle have come and played without any fear at Old Trafford and left victorious.

The current European champions are not going to be intimated one little bit by visiting the Theatre Of Dreams.

Hopefully the win against Olympiakos will inspire United to go on a run in the next few weeks and I may be able to regain some confidence ahead of this massive match.

A convincing victory over Manchester City next week would certainly help United’s case.

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POLL: Moto GP 2014 season gets underway this weekend

The new Moto GP season starts this weekend and I for one cannot wait to see all of the bikes in action once more.

The 2013 season was a record-breaking one for one young rookie named Marc Marquez, who stormed to the championship title at his first attempt.

Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Marquez will be aiming for the title

Marquez was a breath of fresh air in the sport last year and he certainly helped me to become interested once again after a couple of boring seasons.

His riding style is outstanding as he always pushes the bike to its limits, whilst looking like he is going to crash at every corner.

Jorge Lorenzo pushed him all the way last season on a Yamaha machine that was no where near as quick as Marquez’s Honda. If it wasn’t for his collarbone injury, Lorenzo could quite have easily gone on the win the title.

The same could be said for Dani Pedrosa, who once again suffered from an injury half-way through the season and never really recovered from the crash.

I expect all three to be challenging for the title again this year ,with the two experienced riders trying their hardest to stop the young kid Marquez from winning back-to-back titles.

On a personal note, I am hoping that Valentino Rossi has a much better season this year. It was great to see him win at Assen last season but apart from that one race he was well off the pace.

It was clear for all to see that those two years at Ducati had had a negative effort on his riding and he was always playing catch-up.

Along with the usual top four challengers, we now have Cal Crutchlow on the Ducati and Scott Redding on a production Honda. It will be interesting to see if Crutchlow can be the man to FINALLY bring Ducati back towards the front end of the grid.

With all of this in mind, who do you guys think will go on to win the title in 2014? Let me know in the poll below!

 

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Champions League results

Here are the results from this week’s Champions League matches:

Tuesday 18th March
Chelsea 2-0 Galatasaray (Chelsea win 3-1 on aggregate)
Real Madrid 3-1 Schalke (Real Madrid win 9-1 on aggregate)

Wednesday 19th March
Dortmund 1-2 Zenit St Petersburg (Dortmund win 5-4 on aggregate)
Manchester United 3-0 Olympiakos (Manchester United win 3-2 on aggregate)

UEFA Champions League

 

The draw for the Champions League Quarter-Finals takes place this Friday so be sure to check out my blog to see the fixtures!!

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POLL: Manchester United in the Champions League

Manchester United take on Greek side Olympiakos tonight in what is without doubt the most important match in the club’s recent history.

United are currently 2-0 down after the first-leg and will need to put on a great performance tonight if they are to progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

After yet another terrible performance at the weekend against Liverpool this could be David Moyes’ final chance to save himself from the sack.

Both the United board and all of the United fans are running out of patience. After the defeat to Liverpool, United have no chance of finishing in the top four and could even end up finishing as low as seventh in the Premier League.

The only way that United will be in next season’s Champions League is if they win the competition this year.

Tonight’s game is make or break for United and they MUST turn up and put in a great performance.

What do you guys think? Can United finally put on a good show for the Old Trafford faithful? Let me know:

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F1 update: Daniel Ricciardo disqualified from Australian Grand Prix

Red Bull driver, Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified from this morning’s Australian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo had finished today’s race in second place following a strong performance on his Red Bull debut.

Ricciardo's 2nd place will be taken off him

Ricciardo’s 2nd place will be taken off him

The decision was taken by the FIA after it was deemed that Ricciardo’s car had breached fuel consumption rules.

Race stewards discovered that the 24 year-old’s Red Bull had exceeded the maximum fuel-flow rate of 100kg/h.

Ricciardo’s exclusion means that Kevin Magnussen moves up into second place, with teammate Jenson Button joining him on the podium in third.

Red Bull have announced that they plan to appeal the decision.

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Nico Rosberg storms to victory at the Formula One Australian Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has won the opening race of the 2014 Formula One season, in what was an entertaining event.

The German led comfortably from start-to-finish ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnusson, who became the first Danish driver ever to finish on the podium.

Magnusson’s teammate, Jenson Button, finished in fourth place just ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Despite Rosberg’s victory, it was a disastrous day for the other side of the Mercedes garage as Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire after only four laps.

Rosberg led from start-to-finish

Current world champion Sebastian Vettel also suffered from the same fate one lap later, with his car lacking power from the get-go in Australia.

Today’s race really was a jump into the unknown for all of the F1 teams and there was drama before the race had even begun.

Romain Grosjean was given a drive-through penalty for leaving his garage to go to the grid too early and then both of the Marussia cars failed to get away on the parade laps.

When the race finally got underway it was Rosberg who had the best start, leaping from third to first in the process. Both Ricciardo and Magnusson also got the better of pole-sitter Hamilton, who was clearly struggling.

There was a collision at the first corner after Kamui Kobayashi left it too late to hit the breaks and took Felipe Massa out of the race with him.

By lap three both Hamilton and Vettel were struggling for power, with the latter now down in 16th place behind Max Chilton.

Two laps later and both drivers found themselves out of the grand prix, which for fans of Hamilton in particular would have been a huge shock.

Ricciardo secured second place for Red Bull

Williams driver Bottas was making great progress in the early stages of the race and had made his way up into sixth position before he made a mistake and hit the wall on the exit of turn 10, which brought out the safety car.

Luckily for Bottas he was able to make it back to the pits, and as there was no suspension damage he was able to continue.

After the re-start some teams started to struggle with reliability, with Marcus Ericsson and Pastor Maldonado both pulling out the race with mechanical failures.

Back towards the front, some great work by the McLaren team in the pits allowed Button to jump Hulkenberg and Alonso into fourth place.

There was chaos at the first corner

The recovering Bottas was also making his way back through the field, and found himself back in sixth place on lap 52. You have to wonder where Bottas could have finished had he not made that mistake earlier on in the race.

In the last couple of laps Ricciardo found himself being chased down by both of the McLarens, with Alonso also lurking in the distance.

The McLaren looks like a much more competitive car this season, which can only be a positive thing for fans of the sport.

Ricciardo managed to hold on to second place,  much to the delight of the Australian crowd who were celebrating as if he was won the  race.

That achievement went to Rosberg, who has definitely sent out a strong warning to all of his title rivals.

Australian Grand Prix Results
1. Rosberg
2. Ricciardo
3. Magnusson
4.Button
5. Alonso
6. Bottas
7. Hulkenberg
8.Raikkonen
9.Vergne
10. Kvyat

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Lewis Hamilton on pole for Australian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s opening Formula One race from pole position after an exciting qualifying session.

The session, which was rain-affected , was full of surprises with the drivers having to quickly become accustomed to their new machinery.

Local hero, Daniel Ricciardo, will start along side Hamilton on the front row after a great performance on his Red Bull debut.

Hamilton will start tomorrow’s race from pole

Ricciardo was seconds away from earning his first ever pole position before the Mercedes driver snatched it away from him with a lap time of 1:44.231.

The support shown for Ricciardo today was unbelievable, with the crowd going wild for the Red Bull rookie.

The only bit of action that drew a louder cheer from the crowd was when current world champion Sebastian Vettel failed to get into Qualifying three.

Vettel, who had struggled throughout the day, saw his final lap obstructed by Kimi Raikkonen’s crash meaning that he had to push the car to its limits in order to get into the top 10.

This led to the German making a few mistakes towards the end of the lap and failing to make it through. The crowds reaction as they saw this on the big screens was hilarious. The Aussies have clearly not forgotten how Vettel treated their old hero, Mark Webber over the years.

Nico Rosberg will start from third place, alongside rookie Kevin Magnusson who handled the pressure of his first qualifying session superbly.

Fernando Alonso managed to find some pace in his Ferrari and will start from a reasonable fifth place and he will be much happier than his teammate, Raikkonen, who could only manage 12th position.

Ricciardo put in a great performance

It was a terrible day for the Lotus team with both drivers being eliminated after qualifying one after getting caught out by the weather. Both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado had excursions off the track as the rain began, with Maldonado failing to post a single lap time.

Overall today’s session was exciting to watch and I think that we are in for a great season. It was good to see plenty of teams showing their potential, especially in the wet conditions.

I was personally very impressed with the rookie drivers, especially Magnusson in the McLaren. Seeing Ricciardo showing Vettel up was also a great feeling and I loved how involved the crowd got with the failings of Vettel.

Tomorrow’s race will be a trip into the unknown for all of the teams whether it rains or not and I for one cannot wait to watch it.

It has been a while since I have been able to say that!!!

 

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