Tournament poker can be a fickle mistress, but always striving to improve, to learn, and to better my game means that even a run of bagels in the cashes column can still be worthwhile.
The Champions League returns this week as sides look to book their spot in the last eight, and while Spurs’ passage is almost guaranteed, Man United have it all to do if they are to advance.
The German league leaders have it all to do tomorrow as they welcome Spurs to the Signal Iduna Park. Going into the second leg of their Round of 16 tie with a three-goal deficit and just one win in their last five domestic games (D2 L2), they’ll need the Yellow Wall in full voice as their 12th man if they’re to restore their momentum of earlier this season.
Meanwhile Man Utd have an even greater mountain to climb on Wednesday as they travel to the Parc des Princes, trailing 2-0 to PSG. No club has ever progressed to the next round of the Champions League after losing the first leg of a knockout match at home by two or more goals.
Our football expert is here to run his eye over the best bets for this week’s fixtures.
I really enjoyed the Cheltenham preview night at the Grosvenor Casino in Reading on Thursday night. It was a fun panel with Nick Luck, Toby Lawes, Tom Segal and David Williams. There were certainly plenty of laughs. It’s always interesting to hear the different views and opinions of people, and we’re all itching for it to start.
It was nice to get a treble at Uttoxeter on Monday, the horses seem to be in good form at the right time of year. Obviously with Cheltenham around the corner the horses are all doing lots of exercise and schooling. We’re really happy with them and getting excited about the Festival.