Tennis: Wimbledon 2021 also comes to its conclusion this weekend with both the men’s and women’s singles finals and the various doubles events. Although a lot of fancied seeds dropped by the wayside, in the women’s draw the rankings worked out to a degree with No1 seed Kim Barty taking on No8 seed Katrina Pliskova in Saturday’s women’s final. The men’s semi-finals will be played on Friday but No1 seed Novak Djokovic looks unstoppable.
Euro2020: Is it really coming home? Business in England has come to a standstill as everyone has Euro on their mind. It’s their first major football final that they’ve reached since winning the 1966 World Cup. We haven’t heard the end of that victory but 56 years later they’ve got a chance to be champions of Europe. Home ground advantage at Wembley will fel like and extra player, but I’m going for Italy to spoil the party. Let’s say 2-1 in normal time (90 minutes).
UFC: McGregor v Poirier III: It’s the third fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier as UFC 264 takes place in Las Vegas this weekend (fight early Sunday morning). “He’s a corpse … a dead body, a blank face that’s going to get his ass whooped and taken out on a stretcher,’ McGregor predicted. It’s a tough fight to predict. But our call is for Poirier to win inside the five round distance. Dricus Du Plessis will be fighting Trevin Giles.
Cricket: The Proteas, fresh from beating West Indies in the Test and T20 formats in the Caribbean, are in Ireland where they play three ODIs and three T20Is. The first ODI is on Sunday in Dublin.
On Saturday, it’s England versus Pakistan in their second ODI after England won the first one.
Golf: The Scottish Open golf event is always one which provides a pointer to the Open Championship (British Open). There were 14 South Africans teeing it up in the first two rounds, with a large percentage hoping to qualify for the weekend and get into form ahead of the year’s final Major in a couple of weeks.
Rugby: Outbreaks of Covid-19 in the Springboks, Bulls and British & Irish Lions camps have caused havoc with the scheduling. The Springboks’ second Test warm-up against George was called off while the Bulls against the B&I Lions was also cancelled. The tourists however will now meet the Sharks on Saturday for the second time this week. But there are still five Internationals happening outside of the country. The closest one should be Argentina at home to wales, who will have a weakened side because their top players are on Lions tour duty.
Rugby: There is one Currie Cup game. On Friday night it’s the Cheetahs at home to the Pumas.
Cycling: We’re two weeks into the Tour de France, but it is already over as a contest for the yellow jersey with defending champion Tajed Pocagar looking like he can only be caught if he were to suffer an unfortunate accident. The race will be on behind him for the rest of the podium, but with Pogacar being impossible to back due to the short odds, sit back and marvel as he looks to win for the second year in a row.
Football: The two heavyweights of South American football, Brazil and Argentina, square off in the final of Copa America on Sunday. It’s Neymar versus Messi and probably whoever turns on the magic on the night will end up on the winning side. However, Brazil might just have a little too much all-round firepower than their opponents. Third place is between Colombia and Peru.
Racing: If you’re looking for a tasty racing accumulator, how about you try the following: On Your Marks (Fairview, Friday, race 4, win), Mr Cobbs (Fairview, Friday, race 7, place), Sun Dazed (Kenilworth, Saturday, race 2, win), Crimson Princess (Kenilworth, Saturday, race 6, place), Do Angels Cry (Kenilworth, Saturday, race 7, place). The odds are 22-1.