It was derby weekend in the Premier League with the top two meeting at Old Trafford. David Silva gave Manchester City the lead in the 43rd minute but Marcus Rashford equalised for United in first half stoppage time. City were far the better side overall and deservedly took the lead just after the break through Nicolas Otamendi and easily held on to win 2-1. This result meant City are now a massive 11 points ahead at the top and have broken a Premier League record of 14 consecutive wins. Surely all bets are off now! A London derby provided a shock result with West Ham beating Chelsea 1-0 with manager Antonio Conte admitting his team cannot now win the title. The Merseyside derby ended 1-1 at Anfield with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp furious with the referee’s decision to give Everton a penalty with 10 minutes left. The blues ace Wayne Rooney converted to give manager Sam Allardyce a very satisfactory start to his tenure. Tottenham returned to form thrashing Stoke 5-1 and Arsenal could only draw 1-1 at Southampton. All in all a fantastic weekend for Manchester City. The bottom three are still Crystal Palace, Swansea and West Ham however it is very tight with only 5 points separating the bottom 7 teams.
Wolves extended their lead at the top to 5 points after a disappointing 0-0 home draw with 10 man Sunderland. 2nd place Cardiff have the the chance to cut the lead when they take on Reading on Monday night. Bristol City moved into 3rd place after their third win on the trot 2-1 away at Sheffield United.
Scottish Premier League
Leaders Celtic could only draw 2-2 with Hibernian allowing both Rangers and Aberdeen to cut their lead to 5 points with wins however Celtic do have a game in hand.
A terrible weekend for the Aviva Premiership clubs in the European Cup. They all lost with Harlequins now unable to qualify and Saracens game v Clermont postponed due to the adverse weather conditions. The game has been re scheduled for Monday. Ireland beating England in the two big games with Munster 33-10 victors over Leicester and Leinster with a hard fought 18-8 win over Exeter. Ospreys were impressive in winning 43-32 at Northampton. Hopefully results will improve in the next round of games next weekend.
England drew their latest match against an Australia XI however their disastrous tour took another turn for the worse with the suspension of Ben Duckett for pouring a drink over James Anderson in a Perth bar. With the third test in Perth starting on Thursday, the England players must learn how to conduct themselves and concentrate on the job in hand in a game they cannot afford to lose.
A fantastic UK Championship took place in York, full a century breaks and great matches had a fitting finale with two Englishmen making the Final. Ronnie O’Suliivan and Shaun Murphy were level at 4 frames each after the first session and shared the first two frames of the evening. O’Sullivan then produced some magnificent snooker to reel off 5 perfect frames to take the title 10-5. It was a sixth title for O’Sullivan equalling the record of Steve Davis and pocketed a cool £175k in the process.
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