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Montenegro v England in Euro 2020 qualifying1

Three Lions to roar again

Gareth Southgate takes his England side to Montenegro on Monday and Paul Higham expects them to maintain their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying.

Germany celebrate2

Euro 2020 qualifying review

Nico Schulz scored a last minute winner to kick-start Joachim Low's Germany revolution with a dramatic 3-2 win over Holland in Amsterdam.

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Paper Talk: Earning his Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino to Manchester United just won't go away, while the Old Trafford outfit are keen on chasing England's rising star Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Josh Magennis4

Magennis grabs late winner for NI

Josh Magennis' late goal saw Northern Ireland make it two wins out of two in Euro 2020 qualifying with a 2-1 victory over Belarus.

Johnny Russell and Ryan Fraser celebrates for Scotland5

Scots stutter to San Marino win

Scotland made hard work of beating the lowest-ranked team in the world as they followed up defeat in Kazakhstan with a 2-0 victory over San Marino.

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RACING

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Ben Linfoot

Paul Henderson’s UN BEAU ROMAN has become incredibly well-handicapped over fences and he can finally take advantage of his reduced mark in the 888Sport Bet £10 Get £30 Handicap Chase at Kempton on Saturday.

Rated 138 in his pomp and last a winner (at Cheltenham) off a mark of 128, Un Beau Roman has slipped to 109 now and he ran well off that rating the last time he was seen over Saturday’s course and distance last month. He travelled well that day and found only one too good, but it was a significant step forward in terms of form and performance and a good indicator that he’s now ready to win again.

Henderson calls on Paddy Brennan to do the steering, just as he did when Doitforthevillage won at Chepstow in December, and it could well be another good sign for the selection.

Matt Brocklebank

It’s the last chance saloon to qualify for the Final at the Cheltenham Festival as the Pertemps Network series of qualifiers comes to a close at Chepstow on Saturday.

Paul Nicholls has a couple of interesting contenders in the potentially well handicapped El Bandit – who switches back to timber after two fairly miserable runs over fences so far this season – and KAPCORSE. The latter looks a work in progress for Nicholls but he bolted up in a handicap chase at Newbury from a mark of 128 on December 1 before opening his hurdles account when long odds-on in a Wincanton novice at the start of last month.

His hurdles rating (136) has been left along following that victory and it’s the sort of mark he looks well capable of defying. His two entries at Cheltenham are the Pertemps Final and the Grade One Albert Bartlett so he’s clearly held in high regard and a victory here could tee him up nicely for either of those assignments, depending on which route connections want to take.

Simon Holt

A competitive card at Kempton on Saturday is highlighted by the 888Sport Handicap Chase in which Talkishcheap may prove well handicapped.

Alan King's promising chaser has run well on all four of his starts over fences, twice chasing home the smart 150-rated La Bague Au Roi at Newbury, beating Theatre Territory at Doncaster and then finishing a respectable second to On The Blind Side over this course and distance.

Considering he was giving the winner, a 151-rated hurdler last season, 6lb on the latter occasion, Talkischeap looks to have been given a chance off 145. He is a solid enough jumper, may be open to more improvement than one or two others in this field and is sure to stay the trip.

Those stepping up in distance include Modus and Rather Be, and recent course and distance winners Adrien Du Pont (up 7lb) and Glen Rocco (up 13lb) are preferred while the bottom-weighted Walt is possibly over-priced having shown improved form in his last two starts since being fitted with a tongue strap and a visor.

FOOTBALL

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George Pitts

Almiron could make his first start here, in a supporting role to Salomon Rondon and, going on his lively cameo against Wolves, he could cause all sorts of trouble against a leaky Huddersfield defence. At 3/1 to get on the score sheet anytime, it is worth a small play - but this may be one to hold until the team sheets are released.

It is not often you see Man United as second favourites in a match at Old Trafford and the near 3/1 price on them to win alone looks tempting.

But the odds on the hosts to score two or more goals is just as eye-catching with the added insurance of a possible draw. The Red Devils have scored 28 goals in 13 games under the Norwegian and, with the confidence they are currently playing with, two goals at Old Trafford against a Liverpool defence without Dejan Lovren makes it worth your consideration.

Tom Carnduff

In a bid to maintain their status in England's third tier, Karl Robinson has had to make some tactical changes and one that has caught my eye is moving Luke Garbutt further up the pitch. The on-loan Everton man has struggled slightly in his temporary spell at the club and has been limited to just 15 league appearances, with recent games coming from the bench.

However, the Oxford manager announced recently that he wanted to play Garbutt in a winger role - as opposed to his natural left-back position. Garbutt was given a chance in his new role in the defeat to Accrington, where he scored having come on around the hour mark. In addition to that, Marcus Browne, the player he replaced, is an injury doubt meaning that Garbutt could start.

Paul Higham

You get 3/1 for a Spurs win and under 2.5 and I’m predicting 2-0, but we want a winner here and Ashley Barnes has scored in his last three Premier League games so there’s always the potential of a third goal for either team really. I’m playing safe.

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Millwall have won just six home games all season and come up against a tough Preston side. Blackpool need to keep up the pace to stay within a shout of the play-offs and Terry McPhillips' side have a great chance against a struggling Oxford. Danny Cowley's Lincoln have drawn four league games in a row and, with Bury hot on their coat tails, they need to return to winning ways to keep their place at the top. Michael Duff's Cheltenham have won three successive home games in Sky Bet League Two.

RUGBY UNION - SIX NATIONS

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Tony Calvin

France are a far better side than that woeful run of results would suggest, and the tide will turn soon. Certainly their record against Scotland in Paris should give them plenty of encouragement.

Since losing to them in the capital in 1999, France are 10 from 10 against the Scots at home, though granted the visitors have kept them honest of late, with the winning margin in matches since 2013 reading 7, 7, 3 and 6.

England will be ruing the absence of Mako Vunipola and Maro Itoje, two of the best workhorses in their pack, while Wales bring back their big boys after being rested against Italy. Wales are at home for the first time in the tournament, and this side come into this game on a run of 11 straight wins. As for their home form, they have not lost in Cardiff since a 33-18 reverse at the hands of the All Blacks in 2017.

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Montenegro v England in Euro 2020 qualifying1

Three Lions to roar again

Gareth Southgate takes his England side to Montenegro on Monday and Paul Higham expects them to maintain their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying.

Germany celebrate2

Euro 2020 qualifying review

Nico Schulz scored a last minute winner to kick-start Joachim Low's Germany revolution with a dramatic 3-2 win over Holland in Amsterdam.

Get all the latest football gossip from the day's back pages
3

Paper Talk: Earning his Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino to Manchester United just won't go away, while the Old Trafford outfit are keen on chasing England's rising star Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Josh Magennis4

Magennis grabs late winner for NI

Josh Magennis' late goal saw Northern Ireland make it two wins out of two in Euro 2020 qualifying with a 2-1 victory over Belarus.

Johnny Russell and Ryan Fraser celebrates for Scotland5

Scots stutter to San Marino win

Scotland made hard work of beating the lowest-ranked team in the world as they followed up defeat in Kazakhstan with a 2-0 victory over San Marino.

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