Andre Lowe: They are building a nice little rivalry, and Saturday’s 200m clash between Elaine Thompson and Dafne Schippers should certainly be as exciting as their previous races against each other. KC Graham: I think this rivalry will be the best among female athletes for the next two years as both are kind of fresh on the scene and look likely to be the best over the event. Lowe: Well, their times certainly support that position. Those 21.66 and 21.63 runs by the two at last year’s World Championships are still fresh in the mind and certainly breathe fresh life into the event. Schippers has looked really good already this year – 7.00 in the 60m, 10.83 in the 100m and 22.02 after two 200m races. She has ran a lot this year, which is a discussion on its own. The point, though, is that this will be Thompson’s first 200m this season and maybe this will also come into play. KC Graham: Last year, Thompson was very inexperienced, plus she can also now commit some more time to her career after going pro. Now she will be more relaxed, and after her excellent debut on the world stage last year, I think she is ready to do some damage. Her coach, Stephen Francis, has worked on her start, and based on what I saw at the Jamaica International Invitational meet, she is going to do something special this year, and Eugene could be the start of this. Lowe: Her start has come a long way. It could hardly have been any worse, to be honest, and with this new weapon in her arsenal, she is now better equipped to beat the big Dutch sprinter. This one is going to be a hard call. I expect them to go very close to 22-flat here. I wouldn’t be surprised if they both scrape 21.9 highs. I’m inclined to give Dafne the edge for now, but I really can’t say that it’s a confident pick. KC Graham: Yes, Dafne has got the edge over Elaine the last two times they met, and with a season’s best of 22.02 seconds, which is a world-leading time in the event, the Dutch lady will start as favourite. Elaine is a monster and only lost because of inexperience in Beijing last year and is ready to avenge that defeat. I see both athletes going sub-22 seconds here. We cannot ignore Tori Bowie because, remember at this same track two years ago, she won the event running out of lane one in 22.18 seconds, and with a season’s best of 22.26 seconds in The Bahamas, she cannot be ignored. Lowe: Hmmm … Bowie could spoil the fun, for real. Since that run in Nassau, she has gone 10.80 and 10.91 in the 100m, so she is in good overall form. It’s her best start to a season in a while, and she’ll certainly complete the top three here. Where they each finish is the next question. I have my doubts, but I’ll go with Dafne, slightly over Elaine with Bowie pushing hard for third. KC Graham: I am going to make a bold prediction here, and people might say I am crazy. After her spectacular performance at the same track in 2014 and with her best start to a season, I am going with Bowie at home to surprise the big two here. Lowe: All things considered, it’s not that crazy. It’s a bolder prediction, but one that’s certainly possible. Either way, it’s not a race to be missed!
5 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Tarkowski was forced off in the first-half on what could have been a difficult afternoon for Burnley 5 Murphy’s confidence was now running high and he forced Hart in to a fine fingertip save from 20 yards.But Burnley were back ahead after 71 minutes when Westwood spotted Gudmundsson’s run and Vokes stooped to head home the cross and settle the contest.PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE The centre-half soldiered on after needing treatment in the opening exchanges, and his injury could spell bad news for England manager Gareth Southgate ahead of Nations League games against Croatia and Spain next month.The 25-year-old won his second England cap in starting the 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland during the last international break.Cardiff had the better of a first half which was low on quality and saw the ball spend an inordinate amount of time in the air.Murphy struck the woodwork after playing a one-two with Harry Arter, although Joe Hart looked as if he might have had the shot covered. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BEST OF 5 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Murphy, who scored Cardiff’s goal caused the visitors a lot of problems Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won But referee Martin Atkinson decided the Burnley defender was too close to the Cardiff forward and could not get out of the way of the shot.Burnley had carried little attacking threat until the 51st minute when Cardiff were caught out by a quick throw.Ashley Westwood delivered a deep cross and Gudmundsson rose above Greg Cunningham and managed to squeeze his header past Neil Etheridge at the far post.That was extremely harsh on Cardiff, but they were level within nine minutes when Camarasa and Manga combined down the right and Murphy swept home his first goal following his Ł11million summer arrival from Norwich. silverware Hart also had his angles sorted at the base of a post when he prevented Kenneth Zohore profiting from Victor Camarasa’s cute pass.Cardiff adopted a direct approach to put Burnley under pressure as the half wore on, with the tactic almost paying dividends on more than one occasion.Murphy’s close-range effort was ruled out with Sean Morrison pinning down Tarkowski’s replacement, Kevin Long, from a corner, and Matej Vydra cleared Callum Paterson’s header from under his own crossbar.There was also a Cardiff penalty claim as Matt Lowton blocked Paterson’s overhead kick in front of his face. 5 REVEALED Vokes was the match winner while Hart was arguably the best player on the pitch huge blow Latest Football News RANKED ADVICE Burnley’s league position is looking much healthier now Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Cardiff missed a brilliant opportunity to earn their first win of the season but were left to rue their missed chances as they went down to a 2-1 defeat to Burnley.Second-half strikes from Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Sam Vokes either side of Josh Murphy’s equaliser gave the Clarets back-to-back league wins for the first time since April. 5 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Cardiff knew victory would take them above Burnley and outside the relegation zone going into the match.But Neil Warnock’s side are now winless after seven games and, with away trips to Tottenham and Liverpool in October, the situation is already looking bleak for the Bluebirds.Burnley thrashed Bournemouth 4-0 in their last league outing, but they were grateful for an improved second-half performance as the Clarets were dire before the break.But victory came at a cost with their England defender James Tarkowski forced off after 27 minutes with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. MONEY