The talk of Sky Sports

See what has got the Sky Sports experts' tongues wagging over a busy seven days in sport.

Last Updated: 15/11/12 4:38pm

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For the best in up-to-the-minute sports analysis, look no further than, 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...

"You don't need me to point out that a lot will depend on how England adapt to playing spin and it's hardly rocket science to suggest that will have a major bearing on the series. There's no doubt England will face spin in the match, probably from ball one, and I have no problem with that because spinning pitches are interesting pitches. It's never easy, but I believe they can answer those questions."
With the series in full swing, David Lloyd is confident England's batsmen can stand up to the Test.
Taken from 'A different spin'

"When Hart does make the occasional slip I think it should virtually pass without comment because he is by so far the best we've got. I don't think that every goal that he concedes should be microscopically analysed. To my mind he remains one of the very best around even though he has to play behind defences - for club and country - that keep changing their personnel. I struggle to see how that can do anyone any good."
Joe Hart doesn't deserve so much flak, says Jeff Stelling, even if he is having an indifferent spell.
Taken from 'Have a Hart'

"When you think about what Carl Froch has been doing over the last number of years, fighting his way through the Super Six to the final, fighting, without doubt, the best in the super-middleweight division, and then, in his first bout after the series going in with Lucien Bute, who a lot of people at that time were thinking could have been the best of the bunch, whatever he did next was always going to be a slight step down in difficulty."
Carl Froch can look ahead to some intriguing rematches after dispatching Yusaf Mack, says Jim Watt.
Taken from 'Froch it top notch'

"The fixture between England and Fiji was a little bit depressing. There was nothing particularly wrong with England. They fumbled for twenty minutes before finding some decent form. The verdict will have to wait a week. No, what soured the soul was the state of the Fijian team. Lacking preparation time together and many of their best players they were exposed as a random collection of talented individuals thrown into an arena against one of the richest and best prepared teams in the world; it was at times an ugly mismatch."
Depleted Fiji's defeat to England highlighted a worrying club v country issue, says Stuart Barnes.
Taken from 'Island issues'

"What an old fashioned and fantastic game Levante v Real Madrid was! Real had to impose their personality and they did so by using different layers which some people thought were disappearing from the club: commitment, belief, aggression. That came to the fore because it needed to and they won 2-1. It was a great test of personality for Real Madrid and I love the fact Jose Mourinho said at the end 'winter exists', meaning it was rainy, it was difficult to play in and it affects teams with more technical ability, but you have to play in it."
Guillem Balague blogs on revitalised Real, worries for Barca and the futures of Mata and Mourinho.
Taken from 'Making a splash'

"Louis has a fantastic all-round game and a very even temperament; he doesn't get too upset on a golf course and that is always going to help you in big-pressure moments. He can be whatever he wants to be and with a fair wind behind him and an infinitesimal amount of improvement, I can definitely see him becoming a multiple Major winner.
South African star Louis Oosthuizen can become a permanent fixture at the top of world golf, says Rob Lee.
Taken from 'King Louis'

"It's no surprise to see the 90th minute and the 45th minute as the most popular minutes for goals because these are effectively "longer" than the other minutes in the match. Looking beyond that we can clearly see that more goals are scored at the end of games than the start. The best pure 60 seconds for goals is the 89th minute (322 goals) and the rest of the top 10 is made up of minutes in the second half."
Which minute of the 90 has witnessed the most Premier League goals? Martin Tyler has the answer...
Taken from 'Just a minute'

"Fulham are the second top scorers in the division with 24 and Dimitar Berbatov has turned out to be an inspired purchase. At around five million pounds he must already be one of the signings of the season and clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal must be thinking 'if only' Berbatov's side are hard to oppose on Sunday. I'll be staying in London on Sunday night then meeting up with Gary Neville early the next morning at Sky Sports HQ to prepare for the Monday Football - West Ham (evens) v Stoke (11/4)."
Ed Chamberlin says Dimitar Berbatov can fire Fulham to victory over goal-shy Sunderland this weekend.
Taken from 'Ful of quality'

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