The talk of Sky Sports

Last Updated: 12/04/13 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...

"The only team likely to stop Clermont is Clermont. I cannot see Munster testing them and that leaves Saracens and Toulon. Neither will be easy but CA has an extra gear in Europe that marks them out as clear favourites. In their centenary year the Auvergne men are playing a level up from their domestic form and appear unstoppable. They are humans and beatable but I am struggling to see who or how they will lose in Europe."
Clermont Auvergne have the fate of the Heineken Cup in their own hands, says Stuart Barnes.
Taken from 'Classy Clermont'

"Barcelona have worked hard to show they are protecting Abidal and are trying to portray that they are a club that cares and are, in fact, more than just a football club. Tito Vilanova, meanwhile, comes to work on every day that he feels strong enough and generally that has been every day, but he is not doing the press conferences at the moment. Barcelona have been lacking his leadership in the last couple of months.""
Guillem Balague looks at the team dynamics at Barca and Real, and Pedro's future at the Camp Nou.
Taken from 'Guiding lights'

"How much easier must it be to build a team when you have the most versatile guy in the league on the roster? Still don't get it? Well forget the numbers and look at the medals. Do you know how many players have won the league with three different clubs? Four. Alan Cunningham, Colin Irish, Ronnie Baker and Sullivan. Anyone who knows their BBL history knows that is pretty rare air right there."
Daniel Routledge says Leicester ace Drew Sullivan is the obvious choice for Player of the Season.
Taken from 'Believe the hype'

"We have reached the point where a think tank of the best brains in the game is needed to provide the medicine rugby league needs. It would be neglectful of me to sit quietly and watch the game continue its slide into decline. The growth of rugby union in the UK and the lure and attraction of the NRL Down Under are a massive challenge to rugby league in this country. Unless we do something soon we will lose the majority of our best players. We will get to a point when we can't call it Super League."
Phil Clarke has concerns about Super League's future and looks at solutions to stop a downward spiral.
Taken from 'Stop the rot'

"Two men have delivered 18 points out of 21 in their first seven games. One of those men was Guus Hiddink, who took over from Luiz Felipe Scolari during the 2008/09 Premier League season. The other man to take 18 points from his first possible 21 was former Aston Villa manager John Gregory. He took over from Brian Little at Villa Park on February 25 1998 and won six of his first seven matches, losing only to Barnsley. The run saw Villa transformed from relegation strugglers and they eventually qualified for Europe after finishing seventh."
Why would Sunderland fans hope that Paolo di Canio is like John Gregory? Martin Tyler has the answer...
Taken from 'Making an impact'

"Newcastle (10/11 to win on Sunday) v Sunderland (3/1) is always special but Sunday has a bit extra with Sunderland's Premier League status hanging by a thread. Add Paulo di Canio to the mix and you have quite a cocktail. As Gary Neville said on Monday Night Football, the fourth official may have to be a Marine. We start at 11.30am on Sky Sports 1 HD. It promises it be lively."
Ed Chamberlin previews what could be another high-octane Super Sunday...
Taken from 'Master blaster!'

"Danny not only guided the Blades to the play-off final last season - where they lost on penalties - but has steered the club to six points off an automatic promotion spot in League One with two games in hand despite losing the goals of Ched Evans and Nick Blackman, who was sold to Reading in the transfer window. know United's results have been indifferent recently and that they are struggling to score goals, but I know Danny and he is one of the most knowledgeable and dignified men in football. He deserves better treatment."
Jeff Stelling decries Danny Wilson's sacking and says it shows that virtually no manager's job is safe.
Taken from 'No Danny joy'

"It was a massive £60m gamble by the owner, Ellis Short, to replace O'Neill with a manager who only has experience of working in League One and Two. It was an incredible decision and a big risk but he obviously felt things weren't going the way he wanted and decided to act. The problem for Di Canio is he has very little time to start getting results with a team that hasn't won since January 19 - and he doesn't even have the option of bringing any players in."
Jamie Redknapp says Paolo Di Canio must boost belief at Sunderland, but tips Newcastle to win the derby.
Taken from 'Confidence trick'

"He is 34 now and probably not as good as he was a few years ago, but those are hard standards to maintain because he was exceptional; he had skill, athletic prowess and a fighting heart and he had those traits in abundance. I remember commentating on some of his early bouts alongside Ian Darke and there were many times when we looked at each other and said: 'Wow, this guy is going to be a superstar' and we weren't wrong."
Manny Pacquiao will be a hungry fighter when he returns to the ring later this year, says Glenn McCrory.
Taken from 'No flat Pac'

"Castleford face one of their biggest games this weekend when they take on Widnes. With the sacking of their coach Ian Millward there is a lot of pressure on Danny Orr, who has taken over. He has a lot of respect in the game and of course is a former Cas hero but the players have to look themselves in the mirror and up their game. They have gotten rid of Millward and if they get hammered by Widnes then there will be some uncomfortable questions asked about their commitment to the club."
Stevo is still feeling the pain from Easter's excesses and looks at the pressure on Castleford to perform.
Taken from 'Insult to injury'

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