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Last Updated: 22/03/13 10:45am

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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...

"Wales turned up with one of the finest performances I can remember from the men in red. The defence was back to its intense best but the sharpness of their attack was something we have NEVER seen from this group of players. Had Wales played like this, they would have beaten Australia last summer; heck, they would have beaten the All Blacks. No team in the world would have lived with them on Saturday."
Stuart Barnes says that Wales have set a new benchmark for the rest of Europe to follow.
Taken from 'Raising the bar'

"In his early days Anderson's head dipped very quickly and his action was a little wonky but he was quite sharp and had a good away-swinger and those are the kind of attributes that make you think there's something there to work with. Like most successful people, he's put in a lot of hard graft and endeavour to get to where he is and crucially he has also continued to work hard at his game, developing and honing his in-swinger and adding what he calls a 'wobble ball'."
Michael Atherton says it will be a 'fantastic achievement' for James Anderson to reach 300 Test wickets.
Taken from 'James the great'

"Rafael Nadal has clearly lost none of his fire and, on the evidence of his incredible victory in Indian Wells, has returned in 2013 as an improved player. Rafa has always been intelligent and it is now abundantly clear that he's thought very carefully about his game during his seven months out injured and worked hard on certain areas to ensure that he keeps pace with the best in the world."
Rafael Nadal was full of fight in Indian Wells, says Barry Cowan, and has taken his game up a notch.
Taken from 'Rafa's reign of fire'

"Arnold's greatest strength was his strength, but his aggressive, swashbuckling style also won him many admirers; there wasn't a flag he wouldn't take on, and he oozed machismo, something everyone, especially the ladies, bought into. Palmer was Errol Flynn with a golf club and he still has the charisma and twinkle in his eye now, even at the age of 83; he garners instant respect, especially in America, and if he could bottle his qualities and sell them he would be richer than Bill Gates."
Rob Lee says Arnold Palmer's muscle, charm and aggression propelled golf into the public domain.
Taken from 'King of the swingers'

"Some of you may have seen the performance gauge in the bottom of the screen on live games recently. We've tried to show both the most important numbers and represent them in a traffic light system, with green meaning good, amber as average and red as poor. A team with three green lights playing against a team with three red ones will almost always be in front on the scoreboard. But there are some occasions where one team may have had an interception try and one through another freak event, be leading by ten points, but being outplayed in the main statistics."
Phil Clarke explains how the new 'performance gauge' checks to see if the score reflects the statistics.
Taken from 'Green light for stats'

"Our friends at Opta have told us that Wes Hoolahan became the first player from either Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland to score a Premier League goal on St Patrick's Day (March 17), so that was quite a way to mark the occasion! Similarly, only one Scotsman has scored a Premier League goal on St Andrew's Day (November 30). That man is Duncan Ferguson who scored for Everton against Sunderland all the way back in 1996. We have seen three Welsh players score a Premier League goal on St David's Day (March 1), though it falls on a Saturday again next year, so look out for more players being added to this list."
Martin Tyler's back with some statistical gems - including some goal-scoring Saints.
Taken from 'Saint that amazing!'

"In Melbourne Alonso took matters into his own hands once he realised Massa was not going to yield. He deviated from agreed team strategy on the timing of the second stop - announced with the minimum of warning (just enough for the team to have the tyres ready) that he was coming in. This undercut him ahead of both Massa and Sebastian Vettel and ultimately secured Alonso his second place when it looked like he was going be trapped in fourth. Massa afterwards said: "It was risky what Fernando chose to do in cutting short the planned length. It meant that he risked having to even make a fourth stop later on. But in hindsight it worked for him."
Mark Hughes ponders if the resurgent Felipe Massa is now too good to be number two at Ferrari.
Taken from 'Causing a headache'

"David is only 32, which, as we saw last week when Bernard Hopkins became world light-heavyweight champion in his 49th year, is no age in boxing, especially in the heavyweight division where movement is not as vital. So I wouldn't be surprised to see him win another world belt and I wouldn't be shocked if David Price took one, too, despite his shock loss to Tony Thompson in February, where he was knocked out inside two rounds. Price was on a great run so he will be disappointed to lose his unbeaten record, but in heavyweight boxing one punch from anyone, even if they've been dieting on beer and cigars, can knock you down."
Glenn McCrory blogs on David Haye, David Price, Timothy Bradley and the state of European boxing.
Taken from 'Fight for the top'

"For Ferdinand to pull out without an injury puts Hodgson in a position where he can't really rely on the Manchester United defender again in the future. A lot of players put club before country now and that's just the way it is. I broke my ankle twice and tore a hamstring playing for England. That cost me three or four years of my career, so more than anyone I can empathise with Ferdinand about his concerns in trying to get the most out of the playing time he has left. It's a complicated situation - but better communication between the two parties could have prevented this from becoming a big issue."
Jamie Redknapp empathises with Rio Ferdinand - but suspects Roy Hodgson won't call again.
Taken from 'Treatment trouble'

"There's a real feel-good factor around Newcastle United at the moment, despite all the fall-out from that challenge on Massadio Haidara. At the start of the Europa League I think Newcastle thought 'let's see how we go and how much progress we can make'. Now there's a feeling that they could win the Europa League. They are certainly not shouting from the rooftops that they will but there's just a small feeling of optimism that it is possible. Without the commitments in that competition, I'm convinced they'd be higher than 13th in the league because this is a side that possesses many qualities."
Jeff Stelling says there's a feel-good factor at Newcastle right now despite Massadio Haidara's injury.
Taken from 'Magpies on the up'

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