From the moment Manchester United were confirmed as Europa League participants late last season, bookmakers were fearful that the Red Devils would plough a course to the final in Stockholm.
If a certain brand of lager did cup draws, I’m sure they’d have created the exact same line-up we’re about to witness in the last eight of this season’s Champions League. Four evenly matched, exciting ties have been thrown up, and the football world can’t wait to gorge on them. Here’s Adrian Clarke with his thoughts on four potentially thrilling contests…
Ask anyone for their interpretation of what a poker player looks like, and you’re guaranteed a mixed bag of responses. For some, poker players are maths pros: people who make lightning-quick calculations and harness huge brain power. For others, a poker player is someone with excellent reading abilities: analysing their opponent’s every move like a seasoned psychologist.
There were some major regulation changes in Formula 1 ahead of the 2017 season, with both bodywork and tyres becoming wider. The resulting increase in downforce means faster cars, and this was certainly evident in the opening round in Australia where the fastest race lap was over two seconds quicker than in the previous 12 months. This was short of the widely predicted three to five seconds per lap improvement, though such speeds might me more achievable down the long straight at the Shanghai International Circuit: the setting for the Chinese Grand Prix this week.