The talk of Sky Sports
Last Updated: 07/12/12 2:02pm
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...
"After a year of question marks, finally the exclamation mark, for which Stuart Lancaster's doubters have been waiting. Good wins and poor performances, solid performances and losses have combined to make his first year in charge of England a fiendishly difficult one to evaluate. England took the field on Saturday with five wins, a draw and five defeats; the New Zealand result would either push them into credit or debit. The rest, as they say, is history. It was one of England's finest performances. Full stop.
Stuart Barnes looks at what England need to do to make sure their win over the All Blacks is not a one-off.
Taken from 'Ending on a high'
"Oliver Wilson played in the 2008 Ryder Cup but he now finds himself without a European Tour card. It can be extremely difficult to get your confidence back during the tough times, too, and that's probably what has happened to Oliver, as well as three-time PGA Tour winner Camilo Villegas, who has lost his playing rights on America's premier tour. Both Oliver and Camilo have plenty of talent, though, and can come back if they put the work in - but it won't be easy."
Oliver Wilson and Camilo Villegas must graft hard to earn their Tour cards back, says Rob Lee.
Taken from 'Drifting off course'
"Doncaster play a more direct style of football under Dean Saunders' tutelage; they put the ball in the box early and often and turn defence into attack quickly via long balls from the back. Rovers mix it up more now than they did under O'Driscoll, when some of the passing, although over-elaborated at times and too often without an end product, was up there with what Swansea produced; if you awarded a goal every ten passes they would have been promoted to the Premier League."
Beags says Dean Saunders' direct approach, and David Cotterill's guile, has got Doncaster firing.
Taken from 'The long game'
"It's one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL, and it's live on Sky Sports as the Steelers and the Ravens clash again just three weeks after their last dust-up. Both teams are missing key players but the Ravens can clinch a play-off spot with a win and put their hated AFC North rivals in big trouble if they can continue their home dominance - Big Kev calls it. This should be another hot-blodded affair between these two teams who basically have no love for each other at all."
Kevin Cadle is expecting another bone-crunching battle as the Ravens and Steelers clash again.
Taken from 'Where's the love?'
"Winning just 11 points from 15 games has left Dundee adrift at the foot of the table but nothing would give the home side a bigger boost in their quest for survival than a victory over their greatest rivals. Granted, Dundee had a very short time to prepare for life in the SPL after Rangers were placed in the third Division and the harsh reality is they've had to learn quickly that it can be an unforgiving league. They'll remember they started at Tannadice really well but couldn't maintain that form and were soundly beaten in the end."
Dundee will have their work cut out to claim victory in Sunday's derby with United, says Andy Walker.
Taken from 'Trouble on Tayside'
"We had Nigel Benn in the Ringside studio recently and he spoke about the rivalry between him and Chris Eubank. He said the animosity built up between them for ages and it is all about timing. They were destined to meet for years and when they did finally fight, it was massive. That is what could happen with Price and Fury. The only worrying bit is that they could get lost in the political jungle of boxing which would be a huge shame. Hopefully they can all find a common ground and we will see these two squaring up against each other in the future. It would be a right royal tear-up!"
Johnny Nelson says a David Price v Tyson Fury bout could become one of the great rivalries - if it happens!
Taken from 'Clash of the titans'
"Ruud Gullit and Didi Hamann, watching the match in our Champions League studio, were both very outspoken about the quality of the performance. City looked 'foolish' and were an embarrassment - that was the gist of some of the comments they were coming out with. City said that they wanted Europa League football - but given their lack of drive and urgency it didn't look like it! That said it was quite clear after the match that Joe Hart was pretty angry about his team's performance. He is one of the few who did show some passion on the night."
Man City could learn a lot from Celtic's Champions League purpose and intensity, says Jeff Stelling.
Taken from 'A matter of urgency'
"The India team are just not fit. England have been keeping them in the field and that particular aspect has been exposed. You look at someone like James Anderson and he's able to be as fresh in the last half-hour as he is in the first. Zaheer Khan is a wonderful bowler, but he's 34-years-of-age and has been out injured. What will his fitness levels be like? I mention the fitness levels of the India players, but they're not too hot in the Sky Sports commentary box right now. David Gower's not well and needs a fitness test to see if he can continue for the rest of the match. At the moment he sounds like a cross between Lee Marvin and Fenella Fielding with a little bit of Frances de la Tour thrown in for good measure. Ian Ward's on standby."
Bumble blogs on the fitness issues in the Indian squad and the Sky Sports commentary box.
Taken from 'Not fighting fit'
"When I look at Man City I don't know what their best team is - and I'm not sure Mancini does either. If he wants to win something this season he may just have to say 'let's get some continuity in this team, this is my eleven' and stand by them. If it means upsetting one or two, well, unlucky. Wherever you play on the pitch you work with someone else and it is much easier if you know where their knockdowns are going to go, where and when to cover them and you appreciate each other's movement. Manchester City aren't getting that at the moment; they're not building any relationships with each other and that's causing problems."
Roberto Mancini doesn't know his best XI - and it is affecting City's campaign, says Jamie Redknapp.
Taken from 'Decision time'
The verbal sparrings of Ferguson and Mancini as the derby looms
With the group phase of this season's UEFA Champions League now concluded, we assess those clubs that have made it through to the last 16 of Europe's premier club competition.
Joe Drabble takes a look at some of Alastair Cook's most significant innings after he became England's leading Test century-maker of all-time at Eden Gardens in India this week.
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