8 Things to Watch This Weekend

April 30, 2021

Rugby: The on-off Pro 14 Rainbow Cup is again on, albeit in a stranger version. There are two separate tournaments, the Pro 14 featuring northern hemisphere sides, and the Rainbow Cup, featuring four South African sides. Confused? You should be! But, it’s more a tournament whereby the South African teams can get battle-hardened ahead of the British & Irish Lions visit. Round one sees the Stormers play the Sharks and the Bulls play the Lions, both on Saturday.

DStv Premiership: There are seven League fixtures this weekend with the big one being the showdown between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns. Sundowns lost their record unbeaten streak at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs last week and if Pirates were to inflict another defeat on their arch-rivals it would open the door for AmaZulu to go top! They play third-placed Golden Arrows some 24 hours earlier, so Sundowns will know exactly where they stand going into the match!

English Premiership: A full round of 10 games is upon us this weekend with Southampton and Leicester City kicking off things on Friday night. The likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal were involved in important European Cup semi-final games during the week and it would be understandable if any of them fluff their lines back in league action here. But, City are away to Crystal Palace and should win, Chelsea are home to Fulham and should win, so the “upsets” could be when Manchester United host Liverpool on Sunday and another potential banana skin with Arsenal visiting Newcastle.

Formula One: The sport’s latest rivalry – Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes up against Max Verstappen in his Red Bull – continues at the Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday at the Algarve International Circuit. Hamilton, the seven-time champion, finally looks like he has a serious challenge on his hands and many feel that Verstappen is going to win the overall title. There’s still a l-o-n-g way to go but for now Hamilton leads the standings by one point, with Lando Norris already 16 points behind in thurd place.

MotoGP: Watch out for South Africa’s Brad Binder when he throws a leg over his KTM in the latest round of MotoGP at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday. His problems always seem to come in qualifying where he is notoriously left struggling to make the top eight and should he be able to put together a good qualifying session and start higher up he could well win a second career MotoGP race. He’s currently eighth on the overall standings.

Golf: There’s action on the Sunshine Tour/Challenge Tour at the Cape Town Open, on the European Tour’s Tenerife Open and at the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship with a number of South Africans in action, hoping to continue the form and good results which has seen them compete, and win, in events over the past coupel of weeks.

Cricket: There are four Indian Premier League matches over the course of the weekend, starting with Friday’s game between the Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Then, Saturday sees the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings clashing and Sunday’s double-header features the Rajsathan Royals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad followed by the Punjab Kings and Delhi Capital.

Racing: Saturday’s meeting at Turffontein brings the curtain down on the Highveld season with a hard-to-pick winner of the Grade One Champions Cup over 2000m. The betting sees the three main principles, Gotthegreenlight, Summer Pudding and Malmoos all at 2-1 in the betting. All three have their supporters but perhaps Malmoos will start favourite, so if you’re thinking of backing one of the other two, then perhaps you will benefit by waiting until nearer the off. Check out our blog for our selections.

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