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This week's sport: Premier League back with a bang

Another fabulous week of sporting action beckons, with the international window closing and the Premier League returning with the huge clash of Manchester City playing host to Liverpool.

As ever, punters can follow plenty of the action on bet365's European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights, Live Golf Tracker and Sports Live Streaming platform.

Monday 27th March

Euros: Les Bleus head to Dublin

WhatRepublic of Ireland v France
WhereAviva Stadium, Dublin
When19:45, Monday 27th March
How to watchViaplay Sports 1
OddsRepublic of Ireland 7/1, Draw 7/2, France 2/5

The Republic of Ireland have been handed an incredibly tough task in qualifying, with both the Netherlands and France joining them in Group B.

After Wednesday’s 3-2 friendly win over Latvia, Stephen Kenny’s side kick off their campaign against Les Bleus, who beat the Dutch 4-0 on Friday.

New captain Kylian Mbappe scored twice in that game and is 9/2 to score two or more goals.

The other notable game of the evening sees neighbours Montenegro and Serbia meet in Group G, with both having won their opening Group G fixtures on Friday.

Snooker: Hull heaven for snooker fans

Snooker’s Tour Championship begins on Monday and signals the final chance for the players to build their form in a competitive arena ahead of the World Championships.

With the field featuring the top eight players in the order of merit, there will be a new name on the trophy and Mark Allen will be the top seed after a season in which he has won three times, with Allen 5/1 To Win Outright.

Allen is 8/11 to win his opener against Ding Junhui but Mark Selby is the favourite to win the tournament at 5/2, with the resurgent Shaun Murphy 7/2.

Tuesday 28th March

Euros: A step up for Scotland

WhatScotland v Spain
WhereHampden Park, Glasgow
When19:45, Tuesday 28th March
How to watchViaplay Sports 1
OddsScotland 9/2, Draw 11/4, Spain 13/20

A late brace from Scott McTominay saw Scotland through to an opening 3-0 win over Cyprus on Saturday and that will have boosted their belief ahead of Tuesday’s Group A clash with Spain.

La Roja beat Norway by the same scoreline in Malaga and had another two-goal hero in debutant Joselu, who is 6/4 Anytime at Hampden.

Wales are also in action when they host Group D rivals Latvia. After Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Croatia, it could be a big night for the home side, with Vatreni heading to qualification rivals Turkey.

League One: Barnsley aim to boost promotion bid

Barnsley have a game in hand and they will look to cement fourth place in the third tier when they head to Exeter City on Tuesday.

The Tykes, 31/20 Full Time Result, have had a week to prepare for this match on the back of their 4-2 South Yorkshire derby win over Sheffield Wednesday and meet the 7/4 Grecians, who stormed past Accrington Stanley 5-0 on Saturday.

There are also a pair of League Two fixtures on Sunday, with Wimbledon at home to Walsall and Crawley Town hosting Grimsby Town.

Wednesday 29th March

Women’s Champions League: Gunners aim to overturn Bayern advantage

WhatArsenal v Bayern Munich
WhereEmirates Stadium, London
When20:00, Wednesday 29th March
How to watchDAZN

Arsenal did everything but score at the Allianz Arena last Tuesday as Lea Schuller’s 39th minute strike made the difference to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 victory.

The Gunners - the only English women's team to be crowned European champions back in 2006/07 - will now need to turn the tables and will look to be lifted by the atmosphere generated by playing at the Emirates.

The evening's other match sees Barcelona host Roma at 17:45, with the 2020/21 champions holding a 1-0 lead after Salma Paralluelo’s first-half strike saw off Le Giallorosse at the Olimpico.

Thursday 30th March

Premier League Darts: Price looks to make it three in a row

WhatPremier League Night 9
WhereMercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
WhenThursday 30th March
How to watchPDCTV and Sky Sports Main Event
Odds (outright)Michael van Gerwen 5/4, Gerwyn Price 13/5, Michael Smith 9/2, Nathan Aspinall 10/1

The Premier League Darts roadshow heads to Berlin on Thursday with Gerwyn Price aiming to make it a hat-trick after winning in Nottingham and Newcastle.

Price is 8/15 to beat Peter Wright in the quarter-finals, while the man he beat in last week’s final, Michael van Gerwen, is 1/3 to take out Jonny Clayton.

In the top half of the draw, world champion Michael Smith will look to put his two successive quarter-final exits behind him against Dimitri van den Bergh, while Nathan Aspinall is 4/5 to beat Chris Dobey.

PGA Tour: Spaun set to defend in San Antonio

There is no DP World Tour event this week, with the top players starting to look towards the 2023 Masters, but there is still plenty to follow on the Live Golf Tracker, namely the Valero Texas Open.

J.J. Spaun won the event last year, beating Matt Jones and Matt Kuchar by two strokes and is set to defend his title against a field that includes former Major champions such as Jason Dufner, Padraig Harrington and Francesco Molinari.

There is extra motivation for those involved, as the winner will also qualify for the first Major of the year at Augusta.

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Friday 31st March

Championship: Burnley aiming to bounce back

WhatBurnley v Sunderland
WhereTurf Moor, Burnley
When20:00, Friday 31st March
How to watchSky Sports Football
OddsBurnley 1/2, Draw 3/1, Sunderland 6/1

Burnley played well but were given a lesson in finishing in their 6-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester City, but they are the dominant force in the Championship and know two more wins will see them return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

The first of those could come on Friday against Sunderland, whose play-off push has faltered due to a run of one win in seven games which has seen them slip to 11th in the standings, seven points adrift of Millwall in sixth.

With third-placed Middlesbrough next up on 7th March, a North-East double would bring delight to Turf Moor, just as Nathan Tella has done - netting five times in his team’s last two Championship matches. 

Saturday 1st April

Premier League: City look to put pressure on Arsenal

WhatManchester City v Liverpool
WhereEtihad Stadium, Manchester
When12:30, Saturday 1st April
How to watchBT Sport 1
OddsManchester City 11/20, Draw 3/1, Liverpool 9/2

The Premier League returns with a bang on Saturday with the 12:30 match pitching perennial rivals Manchester City and Liverpool against each other.

With Arsenal hosting Leeds United in one of five 15:00 games, City will feel they need to win for the seventh straight game in all competitions to maintain their push for the title at 11/8.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will be keen to bounce back after 1-0 defeats to Bournemouth and Real Madrid.

Games between this pair rarely disappoint, with six of their last seven meetings in all competitions producing four goals or more and another case of Over 3.5 Goals in the Alternative Goals market is 13/8.

Elsewhere in the Premier League on Saturday, Bournemouth host Fulham, Brighton take on Brentford, Crystal Palace welcome Leicester City in Roy Hodgson’s first game back at the helm and Wolves travel to Nottingham Forest.

In the late game, Graham Potter’s Chelsea host Unai Emery’s Aston Villa.

Bundesliga: Der Klassiker drama in Tuchel’s first match

The battle for the Bundesliga could take another turn on Saturday as Bayern Munich host Borussia Dortmund in a game available as part of our European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights.

Dortmund went top of the table after last Saturday’s 6-1 win over Cologne and stayed there after Bayern Munich lost 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen, a result which ended Julian Nagelsmann’s time at the club.

Der BVB take a one-point advantage to Bavaria and are 15/4 to claim their first league win at the Allianz Arena since 2014, but face a Bayern side looking to prove a point under their new boss, and former Dortmund coach, Thomas Tuchel.

Elsewhere around Europe on Saturday and available on our European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights, Lens’ trip to Rennes headlines Ligue 1’s schedule, while it is bottom against top in La Liga, as Elche host Barcelona.

Boxing: AJ out to prove himself

Saturday also sees Anthony Joshua step into the ring for the first time since losing for the second time against Oleksandr Usyk last August when he takes on Jermaine Franklin at London’s O2 Arena.

At 33, AJ will need a comfortable victory to prove he still deserves a shot at the likes of Usyk and Tyson Fury and is 1/12 To Win Fight.

Franklin is 21-1 in the paid ranks after losing his unbeaten record to Dillian Whyte last November and will need to seriously step up his game to have any chance of upsetting the former world heavyweight champion. 

Meanwhile, in the racing world, the Lincoln Handicap is the feature at Doncaster and all the action can be viewed on our Sports Live Streaming platform.

Sunday 2nd April

Premier League: Wembley repeat on Tyneside

WhatNewcastle United v Manchester United
WhereSt James’ Park, Newcastle
When16:30, Sunday 2nd April
How to watchSky Sports Football and Main Event
OddsNewcastle 29/20, Draw 23/10, Manchester United 9/5

There is a repeat of February’s EFL Cup final at 16:30 on Sunday as Newcastle United host Manchester United and look to avenge their 2-0 Wembley defeat.

The Toon sit fifth in the Premier League following 2-1 wins over Wolves and Nottingham Forest and are three points and two places behind the Red Devils in the standings.

United have lost just once since 23rd January, albeit that was their infamous 7-0 defeat to Liverpool and are unbeaten at St James’ Park since 2019.

With both well in the race for the Champions League spots, a repeat of October’s 0-0 draw at Old Trafford is 10/1.

Sunday’s early match in the Premier League at 14:00 sees two relegation candidates clash at the London Stadium, with West Ham hosting Southampton.

The Hammers lie 18th, a point above Saints, who have played two extra games and the hosts have Danny Ings potentially aiming to net against his former club.

EFL Trophy: League One pair clash for silverware

There is also a Wembley date to look forward to on Sunday as League One promotion hopefuls Bolton Wanderers and Plymouth Argyle meet in the EFL Trophy final at 15:00.

Argyle sit top of the third tier and were last seen beating Accrington 2-0. Bolton have not won any of their last four but have also had a bit of a break and are 4/5 To Lift Trophy, with the Pilgrims 19/20.

Elsewhere there is plenty to look forward to on the continent and much of it is available to watch as part of our European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights.

In Ligue 1, leaders Paris Saint-Germain host Lyon at 19:45, while Napoli can take another step towards the Serie A title, with them 4/5 to beat reigning champions AC Milan.

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