9 Things to Watch This Weekend

September 10, 2021

FOOTBALL

EPL: With the International break over, it’s a return to the hurly burly of the EPL. There are eight games on Saturday and one each on Sunday and Monday. The match with the most interest will be a Old Trafford where Manchester United welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo, with Newcastle seemingly being the sacrificial lambs for his return to England’s top flight. Se our separate EPL blog.

DStv Premiership: There are six games this weekend but the big one is the showdown between Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, at 5pm on Sunday. Their last 20 games against one another have been closely fought, with Sundowns winning 7, Chiefs winning 8 and 4 draws. There hasn’t been a draw in the last five encounters of this rivalry.

Elsewhere, TS Galaxy play Arrows Pirates meet Swallows, Baroka are home to Maritzburg and Sekhukhune United host Stellenbosch.

CRICKET

There has been much discussion about the make-up of the South African squad to compete at the upcoming T20 World Cup. The omissions of George Linde, Faf du Plessis and Imran Tahir, in particular, have created a social media storm. However, on Sunday the Proteas will be looking to build momentum ahead of the World Cup when they met Sri Lanka in the 2nd T20I day-nighter, starting at 3.30pm on Sunday.

TENNIS

The US Open is in its finals weekend and the women’s singles finalists have ben determined. Emma Raducanu will be the hot favourite to win the battle of the unseeded tens when she meets Canada’s Leyla Annie Fernandez. In the men, the finalists have not been decided, but this blog’s pre-tournament selection, Daniil Medvedev, is in the semi-finals. In the other one, No1 seed Novak Djokovic takes on No4 Alexander Zverev.

RUGBY

Rugby Championship: There are two games this weekend, both on Saturday. New Zealand met Argentina at 9.05am (SA time) on Saturday, followed by the world champion Springboks against Australia, with kick-off just after noon.

Currie Cup: It’s an old-fashioned final that takes place on Saturday with the Bulls hosting the Sharks. It was back in 1990 when the Sharks (then Natal) won the famous domestic trophy for the first time beating then favourites Northern Transvaal (now Bulls) at Lorfus Versfeld. However, this year an upset seems unlikely, with Jake White’s hosts looking far too strong.

GOLF

The European Tour’s BMW Championship continues this weekend with Saturday being “moving day”. South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout sparkled in Thursday’s first round with an eight-under 64, but it’s best to wait until Friday’s second round has been completed before we make any betting advice. We need to see how the pairings sort themselves out first.

MOTORSPORT

Formula One: The famous Monza circuit plays host to this weekend’s Italian F1 Grand Prix and after last week’s Dutch GP, the season’s momentum seems to have shifted in favour of Max Verstappen in his Red Bull. In fact, every race now looks to be a straight shootout between Verstappen and the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. The latter will be looking to bounce back after the Dutch setback and if you’re betting on this race, a win bet on Hamilton might be the way to go, although this is said before Saturday’s qualifying.

MotoGP: South Africa’s Brad Binder will be looking to continue his run of form after he won the Austrian MotoGP at the Red Bull Ring nearly a month ago. This weekend’s event is th Aragon MotoGP at the Ciudad del Motor de Aragón in Spain. Binder is currently sixth on the world championship table, with Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo enjoying a healthy 65 point lead over Suzuki’s Joan Mir at the top of the table.

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