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Coming up in March: Sport

by Ranj-S on ‎27-02-2017 14:47 (1,371 Views)

March:

 

Cons – It’s a very long month and it can be bad for your bank balance. Waiting for the last day of the month to get your pay check can be a struggle.

 

Pros - Great for watching sport! More days equals more sport.

 

March has some magnificent sporting action to keep you indoors and away from those pesky bars and pubs, saving you some much needed cash. With action from all sorts of different sports there’s something for everyone. Here are some of the highlights.

 

 

 

West Ham v Chelsea

Monday 6 March, 8pm

 

It seems that Chelsea have the Premier League title already sewn up, but a London derby still makes for exciting viewing. West Ham will be looking to grab bragging rights over their rivals, and start to make The Olympic Stadium a ground where teams are scared to go. At the moment, people love playing there; getting three points and having a wander around London, sounds like a decent way to spend a weekend.

 

Antonio Conte will make sure his players aren’t complacent. It’s in these types of games where Chelsea have excelled, brushing aside potential slip ups and looking to the next game. With the saga that was Dmitri Payet behind them, the Hammers have now consolidated and an in-form Andy Carroll could upset the leaders and prolong the title race for another week or so.

 

 

Manchester United v Bournemouth

Saturday 4 March 12:30pm

 

Fresh off the back of their EFL cup triumph, Man Utd will direct their focus to their top 4 charge. With their unbeaten run extending to what feels like last July, United are looking really good.

 

Jose Mourinho is a serial winner and he has a knack of winning things without his team playing that well. It seems the players are functioning like he wants them to and confidence is a big thing in football…and they have it in bucket loads at the moment. The exact opposite can be said about their counterparts Bournemouth.

 

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They are on a horrendous run at the minute and can’t buy a win. Their season seems to be slipping away and a trip to Old Trafford was the last thing they needed. A defence which is leaking goals will have Zlatan Ibrahimović’s eyes light up. The 35-year-old is the top scorer in England with 26 goals in all competitions and he’ll be odds on to find the back of the net again. The only solace for Bournemouth fans is they do tend to up their game against the big boys so it wouldn’t be a complete shock if they took a point (or three) back with them to the seaside.

 

Man City v Liverpool

Sunday 19 March, 4:30pm

 

If the title race looks sewn up, then the top 4 race is still a gaping wound with no stitch in sight. Games between these two North-West giants rarely disappoint. It’s another battle for Champions League qualification and the loser of this could be the ones to miss out, so don’t be surprised if it ends in a draw.

 

 

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Liverpool will have the luxury of playing just one game a week, whereas Man City will have their eyes set on European and domestic aspirations. Failure to capture a top 4 spot will spell a disastrous season for Jurgen Klopp and will massively hinder his summer shopping. With great attacks and poor defences, we should be provided with lots of goals.

 

 

 

Huddersfield v Newcastle

Saturday 4 March, 5:30pm

 

This is a massive game for both teams who, at the time of writing, lie in 3rd and 2nd respectively, wth only five points between them. They will both have aspirations of finishing 1st with Brighton only a further point ahead of Newcastle.

 

David Wagner has worked wonders for Huddersfield and they look a well drilled team who can win playing ugly or attractive football. Newcastle, like we’ve said all season, should go up automatically solely because of Rafa Benitez.

 

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  Even if they lose they should have enough come the end of the season.

 

 

Leeds v Brighton

Saturday 18 March, 5:30pm

 

The third team making up the trio for automatic promotion face a tough trip to Elland Road to face play-off hopefuls Leeds United. Leeds are currently in 4th position and have a little buffer already from 7th position so at the very least they should have be involved in the play-off finals.

 

Garry Monk was a great addition as manager and they have a Premier League coach at the helm, which could be imperative when those crunch games come around thick and fast. Brighton have been fighting with Newcastle for most of the season for top spot and they will be very disappointed to not go up automatically come May.

 

Chris Hughton has an impressive CV and taking Brighton to the summit would be the pinnacle of his managerial career. A win here and Premier League fans should start booking their away days for the beach.

 

World Cup Qualifiers Great news, the World Cup is next year! Horrific news, it’s in Russia! But hey, swings and roundabouts. There’s a big weekend of qualifiers at the end of March and we’ve got some cracking games to help cushion the blow of no Premier League football. Here’s a list of some of the crunch matches:

 

Rep of Ireland v Wales: 24 March

Scotland v Slovenia: 26 March

Northern Ireland v Norway: 26 March

 

 

 

Celtic v Rangers

Sunday 12 March, 12pm

 

There may be 30+ points between them but there’s still an intensity in the Glasgow derby like no other game in football. Even though Celtic won the title in October it seems, their fans will not want to lose this, especially at Parkhead.

 

Football in Glasgow isn’t a sport, it’s a religion and your God is either Rangers or Celtic.

 

The atmosphere at an Old Firm derby is amazing and something not to be missed despite the gulf in class and points.

 

 

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The Formula One season is back and our first pit stop is Australia. We will be crowning a new champion this year since Nico Rosberg sensationally quit after winning his maiden title.

 

With new cars, new partners and new rule changes, this should be the most exciting season to date. It will be interesting to see how well Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas gel and whether the Finn will be happy to play second fiddle to the three-time champion. It’s exclusive to Sky Sports so get your passes ready!

 

West Indies v England

 

England visit the West Indies for what should be a thrilling ODI series, which starts on 3 March. The hosts have gone backwards in the Test arena but in the limited overs game they are a match for anyone.

 

Eoin Morgan and his youthful team are also a dab hand at the limited overs game and it should be a run fest with both teams possessing strong batting line ups. It’s also the first time we’ll see Ben Stokes since his record breaking acquisition for the Indian Premier League so he’d be wanting to make a good impression.

 

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It will also be the first time that the Durham all-rounder will face off against his nemesis Carlos Brathwaite, who memorably hit him for four sixes in four balls in the final over to claim the World T20 trophy last year.

 

It’s a three-match ODI series and the matches come thick and fast. ODI dates: 3, 5, 9