8 Things to Watch This Weekend

May 7, 2021

Here’s a guide as to what your main sporting events of the upcoming weekend are:

DStv Premiership

Log leaders Sundowns can take another giant step towards winning this season’s title when they play eight-placed TS Galaxy on Sunday at 3pm. A win for Sundowns would take them 7 points clear of AmaZulu with 4 matches to play.

English Premiership

There are 9 matches this weekend  the 10th is on Monday night – in the EPL with the highlight being the Champions League finalists Manchester City and Chelsea, at the Etihad at 6.30pm tomorrow. City are well clear in the race for the league title, but Chelsea are still involved in a scrap for fourth and fifth with West Ham, Tottenham and Liverpool.

Formula One

The show has moved from Portugal to Spain for this weekend’s F1 grand prix in Barcelona, one that has traditionally benefited Mercedes.  After three races so far this season, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton holds a seven-point lead over Max Verstappen in his Red Bull. Hamilton is 11/10 favourite with Verstappen 16/10 and Valtteri Bottas next at 8/1.

EFC

EFC 85 is headlined by champion Faeez Jacobs as he puts his 135-pound division title on the line for the first time against Zimbabwean former title contender, Sylvester Chipfumbu. EFC 85 will also herald the highly anticipated return of former featherweight champion Boyd Allen as he takes on welterweight veteran Bruno Mukulu in the lightweight division. In the three other headline fights on the card Martin “The Punisher” van Staden will take on Pietie “Thunder” Coxen in a middleweight bout, while in a flyweight clash the GGGaming-sponsored Nkazimulo “Zulu Boy” Zulu will fight the DRC’s Fafa “Kilo Ya Mombele” Dwama. The final bout on the main card will see Sindile Manengela take on Asiashu Tshitamba at bantamweight.

Super Rugby

The finals of home the Australian and New Zealand conferences take place tomorrow. In Australia, the Reds are at home to the Brumbies while in NZ it’s the Crusaders at home to the Chiefs.

Rainbow Cup

There are 3 matches in the European section of the Pro14 Rainbow Cup on Friday night. Zebre host Benetton, Glasgow Warriors are ar home to Edinburgh and in Ireland it’s Munster taking on Ulster. Tomorrow’s action in SA sees the Sharks take on the Lions and Stormers host the Bulls.

Golf

There’s ongoing action on the Sunshine Tour, at Fancourt, the European Tour where South Africans have had a rich run if success in recent weeks, on the US PGA Tour where there are only two SA golfers in the field and in the LPGA Honda Thailand event.

Boxing

There’s a super-middleweight unification bout featuring the formidable Canelo Alvarez who takes on Billy Joe Saunders in Texas in the early hours of Sunday morning. The WBA, WBC and WBO belts are on the line.

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