The sporting week ahead (01/04/12)
Sunday 01 April 2012
Forget Andy Carroll, what must Jose Enrique think? Last summer he left a bunch of no-hopers determined to better himself and now finds himself with a different bunch of no-hopers while the first bunch proved a lot better than he thought. Expect raspberries when he returns to St James' Park with Newcastle riding high and Liverpool floundering. A win probably won't put a smile on Kenny Dalglish's face but it might straighten out a few worry lines. Tottenham's Harry Redknapp could do with three points against Swansea, if only to remind us we weren't just imagining him as a future England manager.
If Blackburn fans were to identify the moment they started to half-believe in Steve Kean it was the final day of last year when they won at Manchester United. Another victory in the reverse fixture and there will be no argument: Venky's were right to stand by their man and everyone else was wrong.
All those Test victories have officially been erased from the memory bank and we are back where we started: expecting to lose. Andrew Strauss's men will do well to halt a run of four defeats against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
After an impressive first leg in Lisbon, it is hard to see Chelsea failing to finish the job against Benfica. A Champions' League semi-final against Barcelona awaits. In cycling Britain's band of turbo riders can take Melbourne by storm in the World Track Championships.
The Masters hardly needs an extra edge but Tiger Woods' win last week has given it one. Will his nerve – and knee – stand up to the pressure in Augusta? Sport doesn't come much better than that. The cricket season shivers into life with an unseasonally early start.
Even with Andy Murray, it would be difficult to get too excited about GB v Belgium in the Davis Cup. Without him, it is almost impossible. The winners go into a play-off for the World Group.
Two Heineken Cup quarter-finals will go largely unnoticed in England but will be huge news elsewhere. In Dublin, Cardiff Blues try to prove Wales' Six Nations form can convert to provincial level, while Edinburgh play host to Toulouse. The Boat Race will either send you down to the river or scuttling for cover.
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