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The battle for silverware is on

The Grand National is on April 14

AS the football season moves towards its business end, the fight for trophies is on across Europe – and few matches will be more keenly contested than the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden when Glasgow’s big two meet.

The tie represents Rangers’ last opportunity to lift silverware this season and their only remaining chance to derail a second domestic treble for Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers; however, the fact they have not beaten Celtic in 90 minutes for over six years does not bode well for the Light Blues.

In England, the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur (April 21) should prove illuminating as two able sides also compete for what is their final shot at a trophy this term.

Away from football, the Grand National is back at Aintree. The big race takes place on Saturday (April 14) with the nine year old Blaklion, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, installed as early favourite. If that’s not enough for lovers of the sport of kings, action moves up north a week later for the Scottish Grand National at Ayr (April 21).

In rugby, fans of Glasgow Warriors can look forward to the Guinness Pro14’s return as they travel to Ulster (April 20).

And, staying in Northern Ireland, popular boxer Carl Frampton takes on Nonito Donaire in Belfast (April 21) in a fight that’s sure to please.


THURSDAY APRIL 12

  • 13:30 ITV Horse racing
    Grand National Festival, day 1
  • 20:05 BT Sport tbc Football
    CSKA Moscow v Arsenal, Europa League, quarter-final
  • 20:05 BT Sport tbc Football
    Sporting Lisbon v Atletico Madrid, Europa League, quarter-final

FRIDAY APRIL 13

  • 13:30 ITV Horse racing
    Grand National Festival, day 2
  • 19:30 BT Sport 2 Football
    Wolfsburg v FC Augsburg, Bundesliga

SATURDAY APRIL 14

  • 12:15 BBC1 Football
    Motherwell v Aberdeen, Scottish Cup, semi-final
  • 12:30 SSPL Football
    Southampton v Chelsea, EPL
  • 13:30 ITV Horse racing
    Grand National Festival, day 3 (race)
  • 15:00 SSF Football
    Aston Villa v Leeds United, Sky Bet Championship
  • 17:30 BT Sport 1 Football
    Liverpool v Bournemouth, EPL
  • 17:30 BT Sport 2 Football
    Bayern Munich v Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga
  • 17:30 BT Sport 1 Football
    Liverpool v Newcastle United, EPL
  • 19:45 SSPL Football
    Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City, EPL
  • 19:45 BT Sport 2 Football
    Atalanta v Inter Milan, Serie A

SUNDAY APRIL 15

  • 13:30 SSPL Football
    Newcastle United v Arsenal, EPL
  • 14:00 BT Sport ESPN Football
    Juventus v Sampdoria, Serie A
  • 14:30 SSF Football
    Celtic v Rangers, Scottish Cup, semi-final
  • 15:45 SSRB Football
    PSV Eindhoven v Ajax, Eredivisie
  • 16:00 SSPL Football
    Manchester United v West Bromich Albion, EPL
  • 19:45 BT Sport tbc Football
    AC Milan v Napoli, Serie A

MONDAY APRIL 16

  • 19:45 SSPL Football
    West Ham United v Stoke City, EPL

TUESDAY APRIL 17

  • 19:45 SSPL Football
    Brighton v Tottenham Hotspur, EPL

WEDNESDAY APRIL 18

  • 13:30 ITV4 Horse racing
    Newmarket and Cheltenham
  • 19:45 BT Sport 1 Football
    Bournemouth v Manchester United, EPL

THURSDAY APRIL 19

  • 19:45 SSPL Football
    Burnley v Chelsea, EPL

FRIDAY APRIL 20

  • 16:00 BT Sport 3 Football
    Manchester City U19s v Barcelona U19s, UEFA Youth League, semi-final
  • 19:35 BBC2 NI Rugby union
    Ulster v Glasgow Warriors, Guinness Pro14
  • 19:45 SSF Football
    Millwall v Fulham, Sky Bet Championship

SATURDAY APRIL 21

  • 13:30 ITV Horse racing
    Scottish Grand National
  • 17:15 BBC1 Football
    Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, FA Cup, semi-final
  • 19:00 BT Sport tbc Boxing
    Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire, WBO Interim Featherweight Title
  • 19:00 SS tbc Boxing
    Amir Khan v Phil Lo Greco, welterweight bout
  • 20:30 SSF Football
    Barcelona v Sevilla, Copa del Rey, final

SUNDAY APRIL 22

  • 13:30 SSPL Football
    Arsenal v West Ham United, EPL
  • 15:00 BT Sport tbc Football
    Chelsea v Southampton, FA Cup, semi-final
  • 16:30 SSPL Football
    Manchester City v Swansea City, EPL