The sporting week ahead (04/11/12)
Sunday 04 November 2012
Given that Reading cannot protect four-goal leads, it is difficult to imagine what it would take for Brian McDermott to turn to his sidekick in the dugout today and whisper: "Job done". Even after Hallowe'en, he knows that any horror remains possible, and more angst could be piled on him at Loftus Road today in what promises to be a scrap and a half against equally-troubled Queens Park Rangers. A six-pointer? Shriek-pointer more like.
Expect the loser to collapse in misery at the end. Elsewhere, matches between Liverpool and Newcastle seldom improve managerial heart-rates so there should be plenty of goals at Anfield.
Tennis's ATP Tour Finals in London remains a curious event which struggles to fit snugly into the sporting calendar, but Andy Murray's astonishing run of success means that could all change this year. No strawberries and cream but plenty of red carpet. In football's Premier League, West Bromwich Albion will look to further their reputation as this season's surprise package against Southampton.
Last time out in the Champions' League Arsenal and Manchester City both looked very substandard, and neither have room for error now. City must win (against Ajax) and Arsenal cannot afford to lose (against Schalke).
English eyes may be focused on Chelsea (against Shakhtar Donetsk) and Manchester United (in Braga), but the night's best atmosphere will be at Celtic Park, where the Hoops' supporters will seek to shout Barcelona into submission. Meanwhile, Rangers can look forward to Saturday's visit of Peterhead.
Liverpool make the long trek to Anzhi Makhachkala, one of those increasingly intimidating Russian outposts, while Spurs entertain Maribor and Newcastle head to Club Brugge.
England's women will learn their fate in today's draw for next year's European Championship finals. Always a good idea to avoid Germany.
And so to rugby union. To describe any game against the Fijian bruisers as comfortable is a misnomer, but England know that the real tests will begin after this Twickenham hors d'oeuvre. Wales and Ireland face much stiffer tasks against Argentina and South Africa respectively. Manchester United's visit to Aston Villa looks the best of the football programme.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
Latest in Sport
Luis Suarez: Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo
'Adel Taarabt is about three stone overweight. I can't pick him' - Harry Redknapp
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
Arsenal vs Hull: Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan lead criticism of Arsene Wenger after 'uncomfortable' interview with Jacqui Oatley
QPR vs Liverpool match report: Liverpool snatch victory in seven late minutes of madness
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
£80 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Year 5 Teacher KS2 teaching job...
£35000 - £45000 Per Annum Pensions Scheme After 6 Months: Clearwater People So...
£35000 - £37000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Busines...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Senior Change ...