Two of the stars of the Team GB squad for last summer’s London 2012 Olympic Games go into the final game of the Premier League season knowing only one of them will be playing in next year’s Champions League competition.

Great Britain midfielder Aaron Ramsey – an integral part of Stuart Pearce’s squad last summer – and his Arsenal team-mates are in the box-seat. They go to Newcastle United for their last fixture with their destiny in their own hands. A win against the Magpies will guarantee Champions League football next season for Arsene Wenger’s side.

According to the bookies, that’s exactly what will happen. The match odds at Unibet have the Gunners as 1/2 favourites to beat Alan Pardew’s out-of-form team and continue their unbroken streak of Champions League qualifications to 14 seasons. read more »

Cricket considers applying to join the Olympics

Cricket could be played at future Olympics if the MCC World Cricket Committee gets its way.

The committee this week recommended that the sport should apply to be considered for future Games. Given how far in advance the participating sports are planned, the earliest the sport could possibly appear at the Olympics would be 2024.

Cricket’s authorities would need to submit their application by 2017 in order to be included in the 2024 Games. read more »

Match preview: Chelsea vs Brentford (FA Cup fourth round replay)

Spain’s London 2012 Olympic football star Juan Mata will be expected to lead the charge as Premier League side Chelsea attempt to see off League One Brentford at the second time of asking.

The playmaker has made just nine FA Cup appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge. In those games, he has had a hand in no fewer than 10 goals, scoring four and claiming an assist on another six.

After a 2-2 draw at Underhill, the two teams meet in a fourth round replay this Sunday as most of the other teams still in the competition play their fifth round ties. read more »

West Ham favourites for Olympic Stadium move

West Ham United could benefit massively from use of the Olympic Stadium but their tenancy and success depends on a number of things.

Firstly, the club have to ensure that they are in the Premier League when the move ultimately takes place (they’re in the Premier League tips for surviving the drop this season but won’t be taking over the Olympic Stadium for a while). They would not be able to warrant a 60,000 capacity stadium for football if they are a Championship side. read more »