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#Talking Points

# talking-points - Tuesday 28 March, 2017

A momentous night for LOI alumni and more Ireland-Iceland talking points Analysis This post contains videos

A momentous night for LOI alumni and more Ireland-Iceland talking points

Plus, can Conor Hourihane be Wes Hoolahan’s long-term successor?

# talking-points - Saturday 18 March, 2017

Ireland's composure, O'Mahony's brilliance and Dublin heart

Joe Schmidt’s side finished the Six Nations with their best performance since Chicago.

# talking-points - Thursday 16 March, 2017

Toner dropped, Kearney injured and Marmion replaces Murray

Ireland have lost their influential scrum-half to injury.

# talking-points - Wednesday 8 March, 2017

Neymar confirms his greatness and more talking points on a remarkable Champions League night

Plus, why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is good enough to get in any side in Europe

# talking-points - Sunday 5 March, 2017

Kilkenny off the mark, Banner stun Cork and Division 1B's gulf in class — Sunday GAA talking points

Plus, we take a closer look at the battle for survival in hurling’s top tier.

Zlatan and Rooney insult our intelligence and more Premier League talking points

Plus, why Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal exit is starting to look inevitable.

# talking-points - Saturday 4 March, 2017

Can Liverpool continue fine record against top 6 and the other Premier League talking points

There’s a big one at Anfield on Saturday evening, while leaders Chelsea have a London derby on Monday night.

# talking-points - Monday 27 February, 2017

Liverpool play into Leicester's hands and more Premier League talking points

Plus, why the Foxes, contrary to popular belief, are not back yet.

# talking-points - Saturday 25 February, 2017

Commanding halfbacks, first-half frustrations and more Ireland talking points

Ireland’s wings made some important defensive plays, while there were signs of tactical tweaks from Joe Schmidt.

Shakespeare takes charge in Leicester tragedy and Premier League/EFL Cup final talking points

The Premier League champions begin the post-Ranieri era, while David Moyes and Paul Clement are back at former clubs.

# talking-points - Thursday 23 February, 2017

Sexton straight back in, McGrath's loosehead nod and Kearney at 15

Joe Schmidt has been able to name a very strong Ireland matchday 23 to face France.

# talking-points - Tuesday 21 February, 2017

Reborn Falcao back in Manchester and other things to look out for in the Champions League

Manchester City host Monaco and Atletico Madrid are away in Germany tonight, before Leicester City’s trip to Sevilla and Porto v Juventus.

# talking-points - Saturday 11 February, 2017

Ireland's attack, Scannell's debut, dire Italy and more talking points from Rome

Niall Scannell had a fine debut for Ireland in Rory Best’s absence.

# talking-points - Friday 10 February, 2017

Liverpool's unusual dilemma and other Premier League talking points

Plus, will Manchester United continue their remarkable unbeaten run?

# talking-points - Sunday 5 February, 2017

New year, same old Dubs while Kerry make the right noises in Donegal — Sunday GAA talking points

Plus, Kildare put their defeat to Dublin’s third string behind them and Cork show signs of life.

# talking-points - Saturday 4 February, 2017

Ireland's desperate start, missed chances and Scotland's big performers

Ireland have left themselves with ground to make up in the Six Nations.

The big story for every Division 1 team as the Allianz football league gets underway

Competitive football is back and we check in with each county in the top-flight to assess their prospects for the coming year.

Can Arsenal curb Chelsea's title march and more Premier League talking points

Plus, will Jose Mourinho place faith in Anthony Martial again?

# talking-points - Thursday 2 February, 2017

Bowe's return, potential Scannell debut, and Henderson locked in

Joe Schmidt has recalled 67-times capped Ulsterman Tommy Bowe.

Man United's faltering attack and 4 more Premier League talking points

Plus, it’s Chelsea title to lose after several of their rivals slip up in a busy week of footballing action.

# talking-points - Thursday 26 January, 2017

Was it a penalty and more Liverpool-Southampton talking points

Plus, why Shane Long needs to build on his match-winning goal.

# talking-points - Saturday 21 January, 2017

Costa, Pep and Shane Long - 5 talking points ahead of the Premier League weekend

Plus, Liverpool’s chance to put pressure on Chelsea.

# talking-points - Saturday 14 January, 2017

Tottenham's squad depth issues, Chelsea's unsung hero and more Premier League talking points

Plus, Burnley maintain their incredible home record thanks to Joey Barton’s winner.

Mourinho's United fan comments and more Premier League talking points

Plus, why John Stones needs to start maturing fast as he prepares to return to his former club.

# talking-points - Sunday 8 January, 2017

Is Dele Alli really a 'midfielder' and more Sunday FA Cup talking points Analysis This post contains videos

Is Dele Alli really a 'midfielder' and more Sunday FA Cup talking points

Plus, why Plymouth deserve more credit for their performance against Liverpool.

# talking-points - Saturday 7 January, 2017

Richie Towell catches Hughton's eye and more FA Cup talking points

Plus, Preston beaten by Arsenal but scope for Irish optimism.

# talking-points - Monday 26 December, 2016

Have Man United's traditions gone and more Premier League talking points

The Red Devils’ former boss has, David Moyes, has criticised what the club has become as he prepares to return to Old Trafford.

# talking-points - Thursday 15 December, 2016

Marcos Rojo a lucky boy and more Premier League talking points

Plus, it was a landmark night for Chelsea’s unsung hero.

# talking-points - Sunday 11 December, 2016

Liverpool's 'keeper problem and Chelsea march on - 5 Premier League talking points

It was a busy weekend of top-flight action.

# talking-points - Friday 9 December, 2016

Arsenal must keep hold of world class pair and the Premier League talking points

In the weekend’s other big games, Manchester City take on the champions but it’s Chelsea who are leading the way right now.

# talking-points - Sunday 4 December, 2016

The 2 best teams in the Premier League and more talking points

Plus, is Alexis Sanchez the best player in the Premier League right now?

# talking-points - Saturday 3 December, 2016

Conte and Guardiola face off for the first time and the Premier League talking points

Elsewhere, Alan Pardew looks set for the axe at Crystal Palace while Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan stakes his claim for a starting place.

# talking-points - Sunday 27 November, 2016

Does Mourinho know his best team and more Premier League talking points

Plus, why Sergio Aguero is the best Premier League player of the last five years.

# talking-points - Saturday 26 November, 2016

Promising young stars, a Rory Best performance and November success

Joe Schmidt’s side suffered injuries, but they dug in superbly.

# talking-points - Friday 25 November, 2016

Are teams starting to figure out Dundalk and more Europa League talking points

Plus, why Henrikh Mkhitaryan deserves more game time at Man United.

# talking-points - Thursday 24 November, 2016

Fresh faces, Ringrose earns 12 shirt and a barnstorming Ireland back row

Joe Schmidt’s XV features four changes from the team that lost to the All Blacks last weekend.

# talking-points - Wednesday 23 November, 2016

Is Messi weary and more Champions League talking points

Plus, why Arsenal are badly missing Santi Cazorla.

# talking-points - Saturday 19 November, 2016

Ireland can't convert, key men lost, and the match officials in limelight

There were positives in the performances of Garry Ringrose and Josh van der Flier off the bench.

Mane back at old St Mary's as Reds look to hold onto top spot and Premier League talking points

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho renew an old rivalry, while there’s a London derby at White Hart Lane.

# talking-points - Thursday 17 November, 2016

Lack of midfield cover, loyalty to halfbacks and huge confidence in Scott Barrett

Israel Dagg’s return also adds to New Zealand’s kicking arsenal.

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