300 Words: City and Arsenal march on….farewell Finney
FA Cup: Manchester City and Arsenal could have it all their own way. With Chelsea and Liverpool out of the way, if they can avoid each other, they will surely line-up at Wembley in the final. An all-Sheffield quarter-final is also a possibility.
Passed through: Sir Tom Finney, the legendary Preston and England winger, died aged 91. A true gent of the game. Also, former Denmark coach Richard Moeller Nielsen, who led his country to the shock 1992 European Championship, died at 71.
Mourinho blunder: As well as seeing his team drop valuable Premier points at West Bromwich Albion in midweek, Jose Mourinho said Arsene Wenger is a “specialist in failure”, upsetting the Arsenal manager.
Rooney rolling in it: A new deal for Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford will earn him £ 300,000 a week. Is that financial fair play?
Pardew under pressure: Newcastle’s grim run continued with a 0-4 home defeat at the hands of Tottenham in midweek. The gallows are being prepared in Gallowgate.
Table time: Premier- Chelsea top, one ahead of Arsenal and three in front of City. Liverpool moving into contention. Championship – Leicester seven ahead of Burnley. Brentford top in One, Wolves close behind. Chesterfield three ahead of Scunthorpe in Two.
Luton heading back?: Luton Town beat Hereford 7-0 to go nine points clear at the top of the Football Conference Premier.
European round-up: Spain – Three teams level on 60, Barca, Real and Atletico. Germany – Bayern go 16 clear after 4-0 win against Freiburg. Italy – Juventus still nine clear of Roma. France – PSG coast to 3-0 win against Valenciennes to stay five clear of Monaco.
Games to watch out for this week: Champions League Tuesday – Manchester City v Barcelona. Wednesday – Arsenal v Bayern Munich. In the Europa, on Thursday, FC Dnipro v Tottenham, Swansea v Napoli.