The sporting week ahead (11/03/12)

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What France may lack in flair these days, they make up for in brutal forward play. So if they can't run England into the ground, they'll stamp them into it instead. Manchester United will hope West Bromwich don't do to them what they did to Chelsea – though there's not much chance of Sir Alex Ferguson getting the boot. Manchester City head for Swansea hoping to maintain a two-point cushion at the top, and Wigan try to get something at Norwich.


The British Olympic Association's principled and very lonely stand in banning British drug cheats such as Dwain Chambers from the Olympics is tested at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Arsenal try to build on their new confidence at home to Newcastle.


A day before David Moyes celebrates 10 years at Everton, his side travel across Stanley Park to play Liverpool. There's no love lost at Derby either as they entertain Nottingham Forest, attempting to do the double over their arch rivals for the first time in over 40 years. Former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones plays for Papua New Guinea against the Afghans in a World Twenty20 qualifier. He's a pig farmer now, and the Papuans will hope he can bring home the bacon. The punters who are herding into Cheltenham this week will hope to do the same.


There was a time when courts in sport meant Chris Evert in a frilly dress. Now scary heavyweight Dereck Chisora goes before the British boxing beaks, who will decide his fate after the unsavoury scenes in Munich. Chelsea have it all to do against Napoli to be the last Brits standing in the Champions' League.


It's hard to know if City and United care about the Europa League. Both are behind from the first leg, so we'll find out one way or the other. England begin another ordeal by spin in Sri Lanka.


It's time for the Champions' and Europa League quarter and semi-final draws. It could be the most boring day in years.


England have lost three of the last four against Ireland in the Six Nations at Twickenham. At least it's not in Dublin, where they haven't won since their last Grand Slam in 2003. That accolade could go to Wales today if they beat France in Cardiff. Oh, and there are a couple of quarter-finals in the FA Cup.