10 Things To Watch This Weekend

September 24, 2021

CRICKET

Indian Premier League: There’s ongoing daily action in the IPL cricket. Check our Twitter feed for all the fixtures and the results.

 

FOOTBALL

The English Premier League continues this weekend with the big match at Stamford Bridge between title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City. The lunchtime Saturday kickoff springs the most common upset, but it’s hard to see what the upset would be in this match between the two heavyweights.

Our score predictions for the games are:

Chelsea 2 Man City 2

Man United 2 Aston Villa 1

Everton 2 Norwich 0

Leeds 1 West Ham 1

Leicester 1 Burnley 0

Watford 2 Newcastle 1

Brentford 0 Liverpool 3

Southampton 1 Wolves 1

Arsenal 2 Tottenham 1

Crystal Palace 1 Brighton 0

14-1 Win all to come: Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Crystal Palace

 

DStv Premiership: There’s a full round of eight matches being played in the domestic League this weekend. Here are our selections for the programme with the big game being Sundowns taking on Pirates away from home.

Swallows 2 CT City 1

Sekhukhune Utd 0 Golden Arrows 2

AmaZulu 1 Baroka 2

Pirates 1 Sundowns 2

Stellenbosch 2 Chippa 0

SuperSport 0 Maritzburg 0

Real Kings 2 TS Galaxy 0

Gallants 0 Kaizer Chiefs 3

 

Ryder Cup, USA vs Europe

Postponed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the famous competition is being played out at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. I have every expectation that the United States, buoyed by what will be a noisy home crowd, especially given crowds are back post-Covid, will be too much for their opponents. Europe however always seem to upset the predictions and in recent times have been the dominant team, but I expect “normal service” to resume this weekend. I have backed the USA to win outright, in the Foursomes and Fourballs, and also for Justin Thomas to have a strong weekend for the Stars and Stripes, and Rory McIlroy to star for Europe.

 

Russian F1 Grand Prix (Sunday 2pm)

No prizes for guessing that Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will be expected to be the two drivers fighting it out for the top spot on the podium this weekend. The momentum seems to be with the Red Bull of Verstappen going into this Russian GP at Sochi. There’s plenty on the line as the season continues to unfold, but also expect Valtteri Bottas, in the “second Mercedes” to be competitive as he winds down his contract as Hamilton’s “2IC”.

 

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk

Britain’s world heavyweight boxing champion – well, one of them, given Tyson Fury also has that title – comes up against highly-skilled Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night. Joshua is widely expected to retain his IBF, WBA and WBO belts at the Tottenham Hotspur Football Stadium and he is a hot favourite to do so within the scheduled 12 rounds. I agree that Joshua, bigger and stronger, will win the fight. But I’ve climbed on at the 22-1 odds that are available for him to win on points.

 

Racing 

It’s a busy long weekend of racing around the country. The GGGaming-sponsored Bass Racing stable has some win chances at Durbanville on Saturday and Monday, but for all your racing tips have a look at our Twitter feed. We give a win selection only, plus a PA for each meeting. At Greyville in the week we might have only had 2 out of the 8 winners a outright selections, but the odds were 5-1 and 9-2, respectively, so you would again have been in profit. 

 

Rugby Championship

The Springboks and New Zealand’s All Blacks square off for the 100th time in their history in their Rugby Championship match on Saturday. The Boks are coming off two straight defeats to Australia and rarely lose three in a row. However, a seemingly never-ending Covid “bubble” seems to have sapped their enthusiasm and taken the “spring” out of the Bok. New Zealand are heavy favourites, and I’m betting that they will be able to win by more than 13 points, which is available at even money. 

The other match sees Australia against Argentina, and the resurgent Aussie should also win comfortably by 12-plus points.

 

United Rugby Championship

The “north-south” rugby competition comes to life this weekend with South African sids, without their Springboks for now, taking on European competition. The Bulls and the Sharks, the two Currie Cup finalists, are up against Irish heavyweights Leinster and Munster. One South African rugby writer has suggested that you back both the Bulls and Sharks for a win double, which would come to 305-1. Don’t engage in such romanticism. Always bet with your head, not your heart. If you want to back th Bulls and the Sharks, find somewhere to take the even-money on them getting under the points spreads, which are probably around 25 points to each of the Irish teams. 

 

UFC 266

T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosts UFC 266. The night’s twin title fights see Alexander Volkanovski and Valentina Shevchenko attempt to turn aside Brian Ortega and Lauren Murphy, while the middle bout pits Nick Diaz against Robbie Lawler 17 years after their initial meeting. There should be wins for Volkanovski and Shevchenko but be sure to sit back and marvel at Shevchenko, who is the most destructive female fighter on the planet.

 

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