8 Things to Watch This Weekend

April 23, 2021

Here’s your upcoming weekend of sport at a glance.

English Premiership, Saturday 6.30pm: There’s another full round of fixtures but the undoubted highlight is the game between West Ham and Chelsea. Why is it so important? Because both clubs are in the running or a top four slot that will get them into the Champions League. They are locked on 55 points with six games remaining. Victory for either side would give them a huge boost in their efforts to crack the top four.

DStv Premiership, Saturday 5pm: Swallows vs Pirates. Only one point separates these two traditional powerhouses on the table, placed fifth nd fourthj, respectively. A win for Pirates would take them to within six points of unbeaten Sundowns who lead the table with 47 points.

Golf: The PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans continues this weekend, where there are five South Africans involved. Over on the European Tour it’s the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open, while closer to home, the Sunshine Tour’s action is at the Euphoria Golf & Lifestyle Estate for the Limpopo Open.

Cricket: The action continues in the IPL with Punjab Kings playing Rajasthan Royals on Friday, while Saturday sees the Rajasthan Royals take on Kolkata Knight Rders and Sunday’s double-header pits together Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad versus Delhi Capitals.

Racing: Next week’s Champions Day programme at Turffontein is a huge one but this weekend it’s the Cape, where there are two feature races at Kenilworth. The GGGaming-sponsored Bass Racing stable has a chance of winning both with their fillies Chat Ching and Marina.

Soccer: The Bafana Bafana coach will be announced on Saturday. There’s a reported shortlist of three candidates in the running for the position: Carlos Queiroz, Herve Renard and Hugo Broos.

UFC: The Nigerian Nightmare, Kumara Usman defends his welterweight belt at UFC261. He takes on Jorge Masvidal in the main event on Sunday morning. Usman’s UFC record is 18-1-0 while the challenger’s is 35-14-0.

Rugby: There “Super Rugby” matches take place this qweekend. Friday sees the Force host the Reds (Reds should win?) in the Australian conference, while Saturday’s games have Waratahs at home to the Rebels (win for away team?) and in the NZ conference it’s log-leaders the Crusaders who should have a bit too much for the visiting Blues.

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