Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

The Manchester derby takes centre stage in the Premier League tonight, with a lot at stake for United and City.

For Pep Guardiola’s City, a win is necessary to overtake Liverpool and return to the top of the table.


For United, it’s a chance to regain some pride after the heavy defeat to Everton and also a chance to push for a top 4 finish.

City’s Raheem Sterling says it’s about winning the league, not beating United.

Kevin De Bruyne (PRON: De Broy-ne) is an injury absentee for City.

The United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (PRON: Sol-shar) is hoping his players do themselves justice after last weekend’s 4-0 hammering by Everton,

The match kicks off at Old Trafford at 8pm.

Liverpool’s James Milner says he’ll avoid watching tonight’s Premier League game between Manchester United and Manchester City.

The derby could prove critical in the title race, with City needing to win to move back ahead of the Merseysiders.

But Milner tells Sky Sports News he won’t be tuning in.

Arsenal just need a draw to go fourth.

The Gunners play Wolves at Molinuex (PRON: Molly-new) from 7.45.

RUGBY

Connacht’s Quinn Roux will miss their trip to Munster in the Guinness Pro14 this Saturday.

The second-row is still battling a virus and head-coach Andy Friend admits he’s now a doubt for their quarter-final at Ulster on Saturday week.

But tighthead prop Finlay Bealham is in line to return against Munster after recovering from a hand injury suffered in their defeat to Sale last month.

GAELIC GAMES

Galway forward Damien Comer is targetting a return to action in the middle of June.

Comer broke a bone in his foot at Christmas and missed the entire League campaign after having surgery.

He’ll miss the Tribesmen’s Connacht Senior Football Championship opener at London and a potential semi-final against Sligo next month but he hopes to return soon after that.

There are two games this evening in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

Tipperary host Limerick while Waterford at home to Clare, with both games getting underway at 7pm.

SNOOKER

World number 7, Judd Trump is through to the second round of the Betfred World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

He came from behind to defeat Thepchaiya Un-Nooh of Thailand by 10 frames to 9 to set up a second round tie against Ding Junhui.

Barry Hawkins leads Li Hang by 7 frames to 0 in the morning’s other match.

BOXING

Anthony Joshua’s next opponent won’t be Luis Ortiz ((pron: Or-tezz)) according to the Cuban’s promoter.

Jarrell Miller was supposed to be Joshua’s next fight in June, but the American was denied a licence after an “adverse finding” in a drugs test.

Writing on Instagram, King Kong Boxing ruled out the fight, accusing Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn of making “low ball offers” and alleging that Ortiz was used as “a gimmick”.

RACING

Trainer Martin Brassil says that City Island will be aimed at the two and a half mile Grade 1 Alanna Homes Champion Novices Hurdle at the Punchestown festival.

He was an impressive winner of the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival and Brassil says he’s looking forward to his next target at Punchestown.