After losing last week at Liverpool, it was business as usual for leaders Manchester City with a 3-1 home win over Newcastle courtesy of a hat-trick from Sergio Aguero. The lead is a massive 12 points over Manchester United who nicked a 1-0 win at plucky Burnley. Chelsea remain third after thrashing struggling Brighton 4-0 with a brace from Eden Hazard. Liverpool are fourth and play Monday night at bottom club Swansea. Spurs dropped two points with a 1-1 draw at third from bottom Southampton and are in fifth position. Arsenal without the departing Alexis Sanchez scored 4 goals in the first 20 minutes in beating Crystal Palace 4-1 to ease the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger but stay in sixth.
Its very tight at the bottom end of the table with just 6 points separating the bottom 6 teams with West Brom also in the relegation zone.
Leaders Wolves suffered a shock 2-0 home defeat to mid table Nottingham Forest, but the chasing pack could not take advantage. Derby are 9 points behind in second but could only manage a goalless draw with Bristol City. Cardiff also drew 0-0 at Sheffield Wednesday to stay third. Aston Villa are fourth after a 3-1 win at Barnsley and are the form team after a fourth consecutive win.
Its tight too in this division with Burton, Birmingham and Sunderland making up the relegation places, however only 3 points separate the bottom six teams.
England were obviously just using the Ashes Test series as warm up for the ODI series against Australia. England showed they are one of the best limited overs teams in the world winning the series by 3-0 in emphatic style. They won the second match by 4 wickets and on Sunday the third match by 16 runs. There were great performances with the bat from centurions Jason Roy and Jos Buttler, with Joe Root and Chris Woakes also hitting big scores in a superb team effort from England in this series.
The Ashes debacle cannot be ignored with surely a change of coaching staff in place for the English summer home series.
A fantastic Masters tournament took place this week at the Alexandra Palace in London. Two young players contested the final on Sunday, Englishman Kyren Wilson and Northern Irishman Mark Allen. The first session was very tight and ended up 4-4. The evening session was nip and tuck for a while before Allen produced some great breaks to win 10-7 and capture his first major title and in the process pocket the massive £200k first prize. The first Northern Irishman to win the Masters since Dennis Taylor in 1987.
Flying the flag for Britain down under in the Australian Open is Kyle Edmund and the British no 2 has reached his first major quarter final, after winning four matches. Edmund will face no 3 seed Grigor Dimitrov next, the man who recently won the ATP Tour finals in London. The top two seeds Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have also made the quarter finals.
The European Cup quarter final line is now complete after the last round of pool matches this weekend. Holders Saracens thrashed Northampton to set up an away tie at Leinster. Welsh side The Scarlets will play La Rochelle, Munster are at home to Toulon and an all French tie between Clermont Auvergne and Racing 92. These ties will be played at the end of March.
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