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Last Updated: 02/05/13 4:35pm

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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...

"The first Test against New Zealand is just over a fortnight away and I've been keeping an eye on the progress of Graeme Swann, who is THE player for England in the Ashes - make no mistake. I follow him on Twitter and he says he's never felt better after that elbow surgery. He's clear of pain so what he needs now is cricket because you just don't walk back into Test cricket. The same applies to Kevin Pietersen. Kevin will know from the long lay-off he had after his Achilles injury that it's very difficult to get your batting back into sync at Test level."
Bumble says it's vital that Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen get plenty of match practice before the Ashes.
Taken from 'Good vibrations'

"How has this sudden shift happened? Generally, the improvement of the German league has to do with the fact that the Bundesliga is more competitive right the way through. Not so much at the top - it tends to be the same at the top. Throughout the rest of the league, money is distributed more evenly and therefore there is less disparity between the budgets of the teams. That shows at the end, that competitiveness."
Guillem Balague analyses the reasons behind the European resurgence in German football.
Taken from 'German efficiency'

"Guan's display at Augusta was freaky but can be slightly countered by the fact that there were only about 90 players in the field and while there were star names, there were some old duffers, too. However, at the Zurich Classic, the Chinese had to shoot three-under-par to make the cut and he did it in the company of hardened pros who didn't care that he was playing and on a course that favours guys who smack the ball miles. If he carries on at this rate he will be the greatest player that ever lived, but plenty of things can happen between now and the time he reaches maturity body-wise."
Tianlang Guan is a bright talent, says Rob Lee, but must play professional golf sparingly for now.
Taken from 'Guan for the future'

"A showdown with Brook would be a fascinating fight - but Khan no doubt wants to be challenging for a world title again soon and there were signs against Diaz his work with trainer Virgil Hunter is paying off. But, for all Khan is learning from Hunter, he is still vulnerable - and that is what makes him so exciting. However, if he is to reach the top again I feel he needs to move to the US and increase the amount of training he does. When he told me he doesn't train outside of training camps I was shocked. You can't be disappearing in-between fights and just turning up for the camps because everyone will catch up with you."
After a thrilling fight night in Sheffield, Johnny Nelson wants to see Amir Khan take on Kell Brook.
Taken from 'Domestic duel'

"Jamie Roberts is not the only rugby player proving that it is possible to play and prepare for another career. Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield have also used their spare time effectively to earn degrees and are currently in the process of studying for their Masters Degree. If the best players are able to do it then why aren't the rest? The fitness and skill level of Peacock and Sinfield haven't been affected by their time spent studying. It's roughly 20 years since the game went 'full time' (I hate the saying, but you know what I mean). Is it time for a re-think?"
Phil Clarke wonders if rugby league standards would necessarily drop if players went 'part-time'.
Taken from 'Part-time league'

"Two of the most nerveless displays of goal kicking imaginable has seen Toulon through to the final of the Heineken Cup. He did not miss a kick in either the quarter or semi-final and took on some monsters - especially against Leicester. The drop-goal to swat the Saracens at Twickenham was from another world. A big hit in the tackle and in the town, Wilkinson was hardly a surprise nominee."
Stuart Barnes explains why Jonny Wilkinson deserves his nomination for the ERC Player of the Season.
Taken from 'Fabulous five'

"We've gone through the cycle of Spanish domination and, now it has come to an end in emphatic fashion, it's time for Barcelona to undertake some serious re-building. Jamie Redknapp asked the question 'how many of Barcelona's players who started last night would get into the Bayern side?' Iniesta and Xavi maybe, but not many more. Our guest at the Nou Camp, Michael Ballack, was understandably very proud and very bullish about German football and he's very much looking forward to the final."
Jeff Stelling blogs on the Champions League finalists and the Championship promotion race.
Taken from 'Champion contenders'

"The St Helens man is powerful and aggressive and proved on Saturday that he can deal with boxers who have an awkward style, so instead of dwelling on this loss - which was always likely to happen with Martinez fighting in his own back yard - he must use the experience and push on. I doubt Murray will get Martinez over to somewhere like Sheffield or Manchester for a rematch and as he has proved his credentials you wonder if the Argentine's people will fight tooth and nail to avoid him."
Glenn McCrory ruminates on Martin Murray's world title chances and Kazakh puncher Gennady Golovkin.
Taken from 'Mart on the march'

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