It's an early start on Super Sunday this week. But what a start it is. The Tyne-Wear derby is our first live game, followed by Stoke v Manchester United.
Newcastle (10/11 to win on Sunday) v Sunderland (3/1) is always special but Sunday has a bit extra with Sunderland's Premier League status hanging by a thread. Add Paulo di Canio to the mix and you have quite a cocktail. As Gary Neville said on Monday Night Football, the fourth official may have to be a Marine. We start at 11.30am on Sky Sports 1HD. It promises it be lively.
We had an eventful derby on Monday's show with Manchester City making it back-to-back wins at Old Trafford for the first time in 41 years. It's left Manchester United needing a maximum of ten points from their final seven Premier League games to clinch the title. Sir Alex wants it all put to bed as soon as possible and I fear Stoke may see a backlash from United on Sunday.
The 2013 Masters revolves around Tiger Woods - again. The biggest difference to 12 months ago is that Tiger has re-found his putting stroke. He took only 100 putts over four rounds to win the WGC.
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Stoke themselves have been in freefall of late. A run of one win in 13 since December 27th has seen them tumble from eighth place to 15th and they are now just three points above the relegation places. Stoke have taken just five points from 12 games in 2013 - the worst record in the Premier League.
Another worry is that they've won only one Premier League point against Man Utd, which was a 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium in September 2011.
Stoke's last League win was 2-1 at the Victoria Ground in the old Division One on Boxing Day 1984 - Ian Painter (pen) and Carl Saunders scored for Bill Asprey's Stoke after Frank Stapleton put Ron Atkinson's Man Utd ahead. Stoke were relegated that season. They will desperate to get something on Sunday and avoid a repeat.
This is such a brilliant couple of weeks of sport with key Premier League matches, Champions League quarter-finals, FA Cup semis, the Chinese Grand Prix, Grand National and of course, the Masters. Golf's first major is one of the great sporting events in the calendar and I will be glued to the action every evening in Sky 3D and monitoring Sky Bet's in-running betting, which is always a roller-coaster ride.
The 2013 Masters revolves around Tiger Woods - again. The biggest difference to 12 months ago is that Tiger has re-found his putting stroke. He took only 100 putts over four rounds to win the WGC. If he putts like he did at Doral, Tiger Woods will be back in the Green Jacket. However, there are enough doubts to make resist Sky Bet's 4/1. His recent Masters form is no great shakes and he hasn't won here since 2005. The weather forecast is also for plenty of wind. Tiger has struggled here in the past when the wind has got up.
South Africans have a great recent record in the Masters. Two - Charl Schwartzel (25/1) and Richard Sterne (150/1) - will have the misfortune of carrying my each-way money this week (Sky Bet paying first 5 places).
The 2013 Grand National was a magnificent spectacle and thankfully a safe one but what a nightmare race for punters. I have to admit to not even knowing who the horse and jockey were as they hit the front.
The modern-day Grand National, with its compressed handicap and higher quality runners, has become a virtually impossible puzzle to solve. It's like a 1,000 piece jigsaw of the sky. However, it's equally impossible to resist trying to fit all the pieces and solve the puzzle.
Part of the problem is you never know how a horse will take to the fences. Chicago Grey attacked the first four last year but hated every minute on Saturday. I knew my fate after one fence and Paul Carberry worked miracles to get him round until he pulled up before the last.
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