Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned his players they cannot afford to drop their intensity for tonight’s Premier League game against West Ham at the Etihad Stadium.

City are back in action just a few days after lifting the League Cup.

They trail table toppers Liverpool by a single point with 11 league games remain.

The Reds welcome Watford to Anfield this evening having won five of their last six encounters with the Hornets.

They beat Watford 5-nil at Anfield 11 months ago, but have dropped nine points in their last seven league games.

Manager Jurgen Klopp insist his side is still in a good place.

Both games kick off at 8 o’clock.

At the same time, Chelsea welcome Tottenham to Stamford Bridge and Manchester United are the visitors to Crystal Palace.

Arsenal host Bournemouth and Fulham are away to Southamton at 7.45.

Neil Lennon insists he has mellowed since he first took charge of Celtic.

The Armagh man has been speaking for the first time since being appointed Brendan Rodgers’ successor.

Lennon is returning to the job following a successful four year stint which ended in 2014.

He’ll be in the dug out for tonight’s Scottish Premiership match against Hearts at Tynecastle.

The former Northern Ireland international feels he has matured as a manger.

RUGBY

Johnny Sexton says the Irish Rugby team will learn at lot from their current slump.

Joe Schmidt’s men have been struggling to bounce back from the Six Nations defeat to England.

World Player of the Year Sexton showed his frustration when he left the pitch during Sunday’s win over Italy in Rome.

The Leinster out half thinks the current difficulties will make Ireland stronger at the World Cup.

Former Munster and Ireland player Marcus Horan says the current down-turn in Irish form is similar to the untimely similar situation in the 2007 World Cup.

The Heineken Cup winning forward gave a coaching master class to Killarney Rugby Club at the Community Field in Barradubh last night.

He believes the Irish team have plenty of motivating factors to get them playing well again.

RACING

There’s no racing in Ireland today but there are four meetings in the UK.

The going at Wincanton is good; good-to-soft in places and they’re off at 1.20

Musselburgh is also good; good-to-soft in places, starting at 2.10.

They run on the standard tracks at Southwell and Kempton at 2.30 and 4.55 respectively.