The talk of Sky Sports

Last Updated: 26/04/13 7:56pm

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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...

"I am not trying to justify Suarez's actions (wrong actions, as I described them before). But if you are interested in finding out where it all comes from I will add this: he comes from a culture, the Latin one, where I belong too and where far too often certain behaviours are (wrongly) justified. They are based on the "as long as you can get away from it" -if you dive but the referee hasn't realised, you are a hero. Wrong, very wrong, and he is taking that kind of acting to the extreme, to a point in fact where sports psychology would probably help."
Luis Suarez made a mistake, says Guillem Balague, but now he needs our help.
Taken from 'Help 'wrong' Suarez'

"The heavyweight scene needs a mouthy, capable, villain who can win, put people down and who gets put down himself. You may go to watch Fury win, you may go to watch him lose - but he's what the division needs at the moment. People have criticised him for being put down by a former cruiserweight but he still got the job done against Steve Cunningham - someone who's been top of the world and who has boxing ability, speed, strength and fitness."
Johnny Nelson enjoyed Tyson Fury's US debut but says Nathan Cleverly deserves the spotlight, too.
Taken from 'Attaining attention'

"If Wilkinson is going backwards and trying to bring his centres into play, not even Matt Giteau will extricate Toulon from a losing retreat. Saracens has the game to win but Toulon has an array of highly skilled off-loading players able to strike from anywhere. Leicester's defence was heroic to keep them try less in the quarter final. The reliance on kicks was more credit to defence than any debit against the French attack. Nor will Toulon freeze. They have a team of men who thrive rather than shrink from the big occasion and in club rugby few will come bigger than Twickenham next Sunday."
Stuart Barnes expects Clermont to beat Munster, but can't split Saracens and Toulon in the last four of the Heineken Cup.
Taken from 'A cut above'

"Re-instating Brad Haddin as vice-captain is a shrewd move. He's always impressed me. Opposition teams tend not to enjoy playing against him, which I always think is a good sign. I know Haddin rubs England up the wrong way; he's a fighter and a scrapper, plus he's got a good record against England, averaging over 45 in nine Tests. Haddin makes Australia stronger. The general vibe going around is that Australia have got a really good seam attack but they haven't got many good batsmen. I think both parts of that notion are a little bit exaggerated."
Vice-skipper Brad Haddin is a scrapper and will bolster Australia's Ashes challenge, says Nasser Hussain.
Taken from 'The Brad Lieutenant'

"The players have been fighting for a rise for quite a few years now because they feel they are entitled to more of the profits but, more importantly, that it should be distributed more fairly. This isn't about the top players trying to line their pockets - an extra £200,000 for winning a Grand Slam makes no difference to them. What they are saying - and they should be commended for doing so - is that 'players who are ranked 80 or 90 in the world are exceptional tennis players but they are not getting the rewards they should do' and I agree with that."
Wimbledon's new masterplan must inspire more investment in grassroots tennis, says Barry Cowan.
Taken from 'Eyes on the prize'

"Luis Suarez has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than Gareth Bale. The Uruguayan has scored 23 and has been credited with five assists (a total of 28 goals), while Bale has scored 18 and assisted four (22 in total). However, both men have been directly involved in fewer goals than Manchester United striker Robin van Persie. He has been directly involved in 32 of their goals this season - after being credited with 24 goals and 8 assists. they all pale in comparison to Aston Villa's Christian Benteke, who has scored or directly assisted in more than half of his team's Premier League goals."
Whose strikes and assists account for more than half his team's goals this year? Martin Tyler knows.
Taken from 'Key contributor'

"Golden Boy fighter Amir Khan returns to Britain this weekend for the first time since 2011 to take on Mexican Julio Diaz - and I would expect him to follow on from where he left off against Carlos Molina in December and record a solid homecoming win. I've questioned Amir's temperament in the past, though never his ability, and I think he now needs to spend a bit of time on British soil building himself and his confidence up and would not lob him straight in with a Danny Garcia if he beats Diaz."
Will British fans see the superstars of American boxing in the flesh? You bet, says Glenn McCrory.
Taken from 'Boom time for Britain'

"If England aren't successful in this year's World Cup then the usual investigations and debates will take place. How do we improve the standards in this country? Will we ever beat our southern hemisphere rivals? Well, a very important breakthrough is taking place as I speak. The West Cumbria Primary competition has just begun and is the start of what I believe to be a significant step forward for those youngsters getting their first experience of the sport. I know that change isn't easy but this seems obvious to me. What is being proposed won't cost any more money or need any more volunteers."
Phil Clarke believes a new format, that promotes fun and involvement, can help rugby league prosper.
Taken from 'Fun and games'

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