Yesterday’s 'Pie and a Pint with… with Matt Dawson and Robbie Savage' saw the good and great of Mirror Sport come together over Pies and Pints to discuss the big sporting events on every sport fans’ mind.
Yesterday’s 'Pie and a Pint with… with Matt Dawson and Robbie Savage' saw the good and great of Mirror Sport come together over Pies and Pints to discuss the big sporting events on every sport fans’ mind – Rugby World Cup and the Premier League – with our friends across the industry.
Mirror Football writer Robbie Savage and former England rugby player and Mirror columnist Matt Dawson joined a panel chaired by the Daily Mirror’s established sports writer Mike Walters. From winner predictions to preferred dance genres, you name it, it was covered.
If you weren’t lucky enough to be in the room and hear the season predictions from our pundits fear not Mike has pulled together his ‘post panel report’ just for you.
He fears England's rugby World Cup 'group of death' – which includes Australia and Wales – could be settled on points difference. Although he believes England will progress to the quarter-finals, it is by no means certain that home advantage alone will be enough.
On selection issues, he would pick George Ford ahead of Owen Farrell in the key fly-half position, while the World Cup may come round a year too soon for rugby league convert Sam Burgess.
Alone among TV pundits for picking Manchester United as his tip for the Premier League title, Savage is standing by his hunch – but two games into the new campaign, he is already having second thoughts about his pre-season prediction that Manchester Cith would finish outside the top four.
With United's Champions League campaign up and running, Savage expects English clubs to make headway in Europe this season – but warned that Barcelona will be difficult to knock off their perch. He believes City are overdue success in the Champions League – and after their disappointing exit last season, barely laying a glove on Barcelona, he expressed surprise that manager Manuel Pellegrini was handed a new contract.
In a fascinating insight into the dynamics of modern football club and rugby club dressing rooms from both Dawson and Savage, Savage warned that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's falling-out with his medical staff would have a potentially damaging effect on his players' relationship with the club's physiotherapists and doctors. “Players confide in physios more than anyone outside their close families – it is the most important relationship at any club. Mourinho got this one wrong because he jeopardised that bond of trust between players and medical staff.”