CAF Champions League: The quarter-finals are upon us and it’s the first leg games this weekend. South Africa’s interest focuses on Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns. On paper Chiefs certainly look to have the easier draw. They play Tanzania’s Simba club and will be looking to make the most of their home ground advantage. Later on Saturday night it’s a mouth-watering clash between Egyptian giants Al-Ahly and Mzansi’s powerhouses Sundowns.
DStv Premiership: Only one match in the DStv Premiership this weekend, with TTM at home to Maritzburg United at 3pm on Saturday. They’re 15th and 12th on the table, respectively. If Maritzburg United win they will push Kaizer Chiefs down to 11th spot.
English Premiership: There’s one match tonight – Newcastle at home to champions Manchester City – with three gams tomorrow and four on Sunday. Many of them are “dead rubbers”, with the champions (City) already decided, as well as the three clubs who have been relegated – Sheffiled United, West Brom and Fulham. Liverpool could be the big winners because if they defeat West Brom they’ll move to within a point of Chelsea in fourth spot. It is also an important game tomorrow night for West Ham, who travel to Brighton.
FA Cup: One of the oldest trophies in football reaches its conclusion at Wembley tomorrow when Chelsea take on Leicester in the final. Chelsea lost in the final last year but have won the trophy eight time – each with a different manager. Leicester haven’t been in the final for 52 years and have been runners-up in the four previous occasions they’ve played in the final.
Prediction: 1-0 to Chelsea.
La LIga: Massive Sunday awaits in Spain. This is the penultimate round of the season and Atletico Madrid hold a two-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of the table with Barcelona third. Real Madrid are away to Athletic Club, while Atletico host Osasuna and Barcelona are at home to Celta Vigo.
UFC: The UFC lightweight title is up for grabs on Saturday night as Charles Oliveira defends his belt against Michael Chandler. Oliveira enters the fight for the belt Khabib Nurmagomedov left behind as the narrow favourite. He has the most submission wins in UFC history and will be desperate for the fight to take place on the mat with his opponent keen to keep things vertical and use his vaunted power. Prediction: Oliveira by decision
Super Rugby: The Australian and New Zealand franchises have started to play on another. On Saturday the Crusaders host the Brumbies, the Rebels host the Blues, while the Force are at home to the Chiefs. All the NZ franchises are hot favourites to win their games.
Rainbow Cup: The rugby competition continues this weekend with thee South African action seeing the Lions host the Stormers, while it’s the Bulls up against the Sharks in the showpiece match of the weekend. Preference is for the Stormers and Bulls to win.
MotoGP: It’s the French MotoGP this weekend where the action is at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans for the French GP. South Africa’s interest is with Brad Binder, but so far it has been the Yamaha of Fabio Quartararo which has been setting the timesheets alight over the first four rounds.
Racing: The WSB 1900m at Greyville is often a pointer towards the Vodacom Durban July, but this year’s fild isn’t as strong as previous years and the expectation is that last year’s July winner Belgarion will take this race in his stride. If you feel that Belgarion is the right choice, then a shrewd bet might be on him to go and win the July, where he is 10/1 in the betting. Or, otherwise, take him to place in the top four of the July because should he win on Sunday the odds will shorten.