8 Things To Watch This Weekend

May 21, 2021

English Premiership: The season comes to a conclusion on Sunday, with all 10 matches kicking off at the same time (5pm): There isn’t quite the drama of previous seasons given the champions (Man City) have already been decided, while Sheffield United, West Brom and Fulham will all be relegated. But there’s everything to play for in terms of Champions League places. The situation is simple: Chelsea and Liverpool have to match Leicester’s result to progress. If they don’t the permutations become a bit more complicated.

CAF Champions League: Two of South Africa’s footballing giants play their CAF Champions League quarter-final games tomorrow, both kicking off at 3pm. Kaizer Chiefs would appear to have a straightforward task ahead of them, carrying a 4-0 advantage into the second leg against Tanzania’s Simba, but Sundowns have it all to do to turn around a 2-0 first leg deficit against Egyptian powerhouses Al Ahly.

La Liga: The Spanish League also finishes this weekend, with their matches spread across Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The big focus is on the top of the table where either Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid will be crowned champions. Atletico take a two-point lead into the last game, away to Valladolid, while Real Madrid simply have to beat Villarreal to have any chance of winning the title. Valladolid are 19th (second last) so Atletico look 90 minutes away from being crowned Spanish champions.

Monaco GP: One of the highlights on the Formula One calendar takes place this weekend when the Monaco GP gets going at 3pm on Sunday. At this street track the grid positions are more important than at any other venue. Overtaking is difficult and should the Mercedes cars of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas manage to share the front row, that would surely snuff out the Red Bull challenge of Max Verstappen. Should Verstappen get onto the front row though, it’s game on!

PGA Championship: There are 11 South Africans competing in this golfing Major but there’s plenty of work to do for at least four of them – George Coetzee, Daniel van Tonder, Charl Schwartzel and Brandon Stone – in Friday’s second round just to make the cut. Best placed of the SA contingent after the opening 18 holes was Branden Grace, who posted an opening 70 to be placed inside the top 10. The country’s top two ranked players,. Louis Oosthuizen and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, were seemingly comfortably on opening rounds of 71, four behind leader Corey Conners.

Rainbow Cup: The Sharks will be looking for a return to winning ways in Durban after being well-beaten by the Bulls last weekend. They host the Stormers who will be buoyed by a dramatic late victory over the Lions with a penalty goal in the dying minutes to round-off a thrilling 10-try match in Johannesburg. The winless Lions are at home again this weekend with their visitors the Bulls now three points clear at the top of the table. The Bulls, who will be putting their 100 per cent winning record on the line, have won the last six matches they have played against the Lions.

Super Rugby: There are three matches being played on Saturday, following Friday’s two games. On Saturday the Blues host the Waratahs, the Chiefs are at home to the Brumbies while the Reds take on the formidable Crusaders. The New Zealand franchise are unbeaten against their Australian counterparts so far this season and could stretch that run to 10 after this round.

UFC: The final UFC event for May occurs on Saturday from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas when former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt takes on Rob Font. The full main card line-up is:

Rob Font vs Cody Garbrandt; Bantamweight

Yan Xiaonan vs Carla Esparza; Women’s Strawweight

Justin Tafa vs Jared Vanderaa; Heavyweight

Felicia Spencer vs Norma Dumont Viana; Women’s Featherweight

David Dvořák vs Raulian Paiva; Flyweight

Jack Hermansson vs Edmen Shahbazyan; Middleweight

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