The talk of Sky Sports

Last Updated: 24/05/13 5:28pm

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For the best in up-to-the-minute sports analysis, look no further than skysports.com, your online home for expert opinion.

Whatever your sport, our team of pundits, columnists and bloggers are here every week to bring you the sharpest views and the shrewdest comments on the latest developments.

Some of the most respected names in the business, including Jamie Redknapp, Stuart Barnes, Stevo and Paul Merson deliver their views with their expert columns, while we also have blogs from the likes of David Lloyd and Jeff Stelling.

Here's a snapshot of what the experts have been saying over the last seven days...

"Looking forward, this is quite an important game for three players in particular - Nick Compton, Jonny Bairstow and Steven Finn - given that this is the last chance to play any Test cricket before the Ashes. I know the players are banned from talking about the Ashes but it will still be there at the back of their minds. Kevin Pietersen's anticipated return puts pressure on Bairstow and, to some extent, Compton to score runs while Finn was a bit flattered by his bowling figures at Lord's and needs to improve here."
Mike Atherton says New Zealand must patch up some old batting wounds before the second Test.
Taken from 'Test of resilience'

"I think it's a bit easy to form the opinion that German clubs will lead the way for the next few seasons. We had two English teams in the 2008 final and that didn't suddenly mean Barcelona folded up their tents and headed off. They won two of the next three titles and what you might find is that two or three of Bayern or Dortmund's better players could end up at one of the bigger clubs in England or Spain."
Niall Quinn blogs on Saturday's Champions League final and looks back on an enthralling campaign.
Taken from 'Seasons to remember'

"I feel the Magic Weekend has found its niche in Manchester. The Etihad Stadium is a tremendous viewing platform, irrespective of where you're seated. It's not going to be as hot as last year, which is good, but hopefully it will be dry. In terms of value for money, you can't ask for better, with seven games taking place over two days. I get a bit annoyed when quite a few of the supporters just watch their own game and head away. I can't understand it. If you brought a Northern lad to a smorgasboard, he'd pile his food so high that even Sir Edmund Hillary would struggle to climb it!
Stevo believes the Magic Weekend will go from strength to strength, if it remains in Manchester.
Taken from 'Magical Manchester

"All I know is Froch has never been in this shape before, he's never been as fast and he's never been as hungry. I couldn't think of any place I'd less like to be on Saturday night than in that ring with him. He's a relentless pest in the ring, with an iron jaw and will trade and trade, will never give up and never give in."
Being in the same ring as Carl Froch on Saturday night is not the place to be, says Eddie Hearn.
Taken from Cobra set to pounce'

"Sunday's result was certainly a rare occurrence. It was indeed the first time we have seen a 5-5 draw in the Premier League and it's the first top-flight game to finish 5-5 since a meeting of Newcastle and QPR in September 1984. Opta have also told us that it's only the second time in history that Manchester United have drawn 5-5 - the other occasion being a Division Two game against Lincoln in 1895."
Liverpool and Spurs would be in the Champions League if hitting the post or bar was a goal... it's Martin!
Taken from 'Season post script'

"Award winning Christian Wade is another player who clearly is going to be looked at closely over the next few weeks to see if he can bring all that finishing power to a bigger stage. The signs are that he will be able to and I'm excited about his chance for a run too."
Miles Harrison can't wait to see England's exciting youngsters take on the Barbarians on Sunday.
Taken from Chance to shine'

"At the start of the season, if you'd said to Tottenham 'this is the pecking order and you'll finish fifth' they'd probably have said 'that's what everyone expects but we hope to do better'. But they've finished in a position they were probably predicted to and, despite everything Gareth Bale has done it has not been enough to elevate them into the top four. It will be important for them to keep him in the summer to build on what they have done this year and I think he owes the club a lot. He also owes Andre Villas-Boas a lot for being the first person to put him in the hole where he can express himself and become one of world's best. There's no reason why, after one brilliant season, he should run out on them."
Kammy blogs on the final day drama, retiring legends and why Gareth Bale should stay at Spurs.
Taken from 'A fantastic finale'

"In the history of Real Madrid, any manager who has been there for three years on the trot has won more titles than Mourinho. The problem is that if he doesn't win, there's not much left behind. It's not like he's prepared a bunch of youngsters to get into the first team. He's made a lot of noise. By that I mean accusations. He's divided the country and the media. It's part of his strategy but people say there's too much noise and not enough results. He's had more authority than any manager in the history of Real Madrid but it still wasn't enough."
Guillem Balague says Jose Mourinho will not be remembered fondly at Real.
Taken from 'Mour harm than good'

"The fact is, Tebow is a player full of latent talent, only no-one really knows if it's as a quarterback, tight end, half-back or even cheerleader. He completed 75% of his passes last season - which is better than any other starting passer in 2012. OK, so it was only 6 of 8 for 39 yards, but you see the problem, and it's a completely polarising one. On one hand, he looks like he could be a made-for-stardom NFL starter. And, on the other, he looks like he could be a made-for-obscurity over-hyped wannabe, a player caught betwixt and between, neither one thing nor the other. And the bottom line is we are never likely to find out now. He has been left more overlooked than a two-quid DVD in a Tesco bargain bin."
Simon Veness tries to make sense of the hype surrounding American footballer Tim Tebow.
Taken from 'Tebow unravelled'

" Leicester will be the favourites, and rightly so. But if Northampton can replicate the performance from the semi-final for 80 minutes we are in for a hell of a game on Saturday. It was one point in the Heineken Cup final and I think it will be as close as that. I'd like to say Northampton but I think they played their final against Saracens. I think it will be Leicester's year but it will be so, so close."
Dewi Morris tips Leicester to scrape past rivals Northampton in a tense Premiership final.
Taken from 'Final reckoning'

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