Wednesday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Sport continues to be hit by the coronavirus, with tonight’s Premier League game between Manchester City and Arsenal postponed.

It’s after staff at the north London club came into contact with the owner of the Greek side Olympiakos, Evangelos Marinakis, who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Brighton have announced Arsenal’s visit on Saturday is still going ahead currently.

That follows consultation with the Premier League and medical advisors.

Meanwhile Wolves say playing their Europa League tie at Olympiakos tomorrow – even behind closed doors – is an “unnecessary risk”.

The Premier League side have had a request to postpone the match in Athens rejected by Uefa.

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo believes the sport is setting a poor example:

Tottenham exited the Champions League last-16 at the hands of RB Leipzig last night.

The Bundesliga side were 3-0 winners on the night and 4-0 on aggregate to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time in their short history.

Atalanta are also through after an 8-4 aggregate win over Valencia, winning 4-3 last night behind closed doors in Spain.

Holders Liverpool need to overturn a 1-0 deficit against visiting Atlético Madrid tonight.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost three of their past five games in all competitions heading into the second leg at Anfield.

Elsewhere Borussia Dortmund hold a 2-1 advantage over P-S-G before tonight’s tie in Paris – with no crowd to be in attendance at Parc des Princes.

Both games kick off at 8.

The Republic of Ireland will hope to back up last week’s win over Greece when they take on hosts Montenegro today in EURO 2021 qualifying.

Vera Pauw’s (PRON: POW) side get underway in the Group I clash in Budva at three o’clock.

RACING

It’s Champion Chase day at Cheltenham and looking ahead to day 2 of the festival here’s Dave Keena.

The going at Cheltenham today is soft, heavy in places.

Tiger Roll runs in the Cross Country Chase this afternoon as his final preparation before bidding for an historic third consecutive Grand National at Aintree next month.

Here’s trainer Gordon Elliott

There’s also racing today at Lingfield, standard from 1.20.

Huntingdon from 1.45 – good to soft, soft in places on the hurdle track, soft, good to soft on the chase track.

Kempton, standard to slow from 4.40.

FORMULA 1

A member of McLaren’s Formula One team is in self-isolation after being tested for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix.

It’s understood the team member reported symptoms associated with Covid-19 in the Albert Park paddock this morning.

Two people from the Haas team have also been tested.