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OTB Brief | Villa delight, Pool's trophy night, Pro 14 changes

Shane Hannon
Shane Hannon

08:33 22 Jul 2020

Here's a snapshot of what you need to know on this Wednesday morning in the OTB Brief.

Get more news, reaction and analysis on today's OTB AM.

OTB Brief | Villa delight, Pool's trophy night, Pro 14 changes

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SOCCER - PL

Aston Villa are spending their first morning out of the Premier League's bottom three for the first time since February.

A third goal in as many games from Trezeguet gave the Birmingham side a 1-nil win at home to Arsenal.

Defeat means Arsenal need to win the FA Cup if they're to return to Europe.

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster says a lack of confidence has seen them tumble into the relegation zone.

They fell to a 4-nil loss at home to Manchester City with Raheem Sterling scoring twice.

It means the battle against the drop will go to the final day on Sunday.

Liverpool will finally get their hands on the Premier League trophy tonight.

Club legend Kenny Dalglish will help with the presentation on The Kop.

That all follows Liverpool's game with a Chelsea side still chasing Champions League football.

Kick off at Anfield is at 8.15.

Before that, Manchester United continue their own push for a top four place.

They welcome West Ham to Old Trafford from 6.

All the build-up and live scores to tonight’s games on the OTB Sports App.

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CHAMPIONSHIP

It promises to be a dramatic night of action in the Championship, as the second-tier season draws to a close.

West Brom know a win against QPR will ensure they gain automatic promotion to the Premier League.

If they lose, Brentford could overtake them with victory over strugglers Barnsley.

Fulham are also in the hunt ahead of their final match at Wigan.

The hosts aren't safe from relegation, due to the threat of a 12-point deduction for going into administration.

Bottom team Hull can still avoid the drop in their clash with play-off hopefuls Cardiff, while Luton will aim to do likewise when they face Blackburn.

Of the sides just outside the bottom three, Charlton play at champions Leeds, Birmingham take on Derby and Middlesbrough make the trip to Sheffield Wednesday.

Swansea head to Reading with hopes of taking the final spot in the top six, while Nottingham Forest will remain in the play-offs with a point against Stoke.

Elsewhere, Millwall meet Huddersfield and there's Bristol City versus Preston.

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RUGBY - PRO14 CHANGES

South African rugby chief Jurie Roux has hinted at major changes potentially coming the way of the Pro 14.

It's been rumoured that the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs will be replaced by South Africa's Super Rugby contingent.

And Roux says they're a long way down the road in assessing their options.

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GOLF - EUROPEAN TOUR

The European Tour returns to the UK today for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak struck.

No fans will be allowed at Close House Golf Club in Newcastle for the British Masters, to help protect against Covid-19.

Lee Westwood is hosting the event on his home course.

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CELTIC PRE-SEASON

Celtic ended their pre-season trip to France with a 4-0 friendly defeat by Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes.

Kylian Mbappé, Neymar, Ander Herrera and Pablo Sarabia scored the goals.

Celtic have already had a 2-1 defeat to Lyon and a 1-1 draw with Nice in the Veolia Trophy tournament.

Neil Lennon’s side begging their attempts to win their 10th successive Premiership title at home to Hamilton on August 2nd.

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RACING

There's an eight-race card at Ballinrobe this afternoon with the first off at 1.

There's also eight races down for decision at Naas where the first goes to post at a quarter to 5.

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