Grab your snacks, get your couch ready, and prepare for a weekend full of massive sporting clashes, and we are giving you the lowdown on which encounters you have to catch:
Hurricanes vs Highlanders (Super Rugby)
Runaway competition leaders the Hurricanes can afford to rest up against their nearest NZ rivals. Their All Blacks five-eighth Beauden Barrett returns from his knee injury, although centre Ma’a Nonu will be freshened up ahead of the finals. The Highlanders are gunning for four straight wins for the first time since 2012, but Jamie Joseph is resting Test stars Aaron and Ben Smith and Malakai Fekitoa among six changes to the starting line-up which thumped the Chiefs 36-9 last week. Because of this the Hurricanes should get home.
Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray (French Open)
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With Nadal out, somebody is going to win their first French Open title. Both riding some serious momentum, Djokovic and Murray believe that they are destined to lift the trophy. The two youngest and fittest of the Big Four, Djokovic and Murray are establishing themselves as the must-see showdown on the ATP Tour, and this match-up should live up to the hype.
Stormers vs Lions (Super Rugby)
The Lions showed they are in form with their win over the Waratahs but the Stormers seem to have their number. They have won 11 of 12 games against the Lions, suffering their sole defeat in 2014. The Stormers are currently three points clear of the Lions at the top of the table and with a big crowd expected to cheer them home, should extend that lead.
Barcelona vs Juventus (Champions League Football)
Barcelona are clear favourites to secure their Champions League title in club history to equal the record of Bayern Munich and Liverpool. They have the best forward line in the game consisting Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, hitting 120 goals together in this season. That said, they might have a tough task to complete with a very strong Juventus side who have performed well this season. However, Juventus have to come up with something special to stun the Catalans.
Montreal Grand Prix (Formula 1)
With its combination of high-speed straights and heavy acceleration zones, Montreal is a circuit that places a big emphasis on power, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that power unit upgrades have become the major talking point ahead of this weekend’s Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2015. Ferrari in particular are likely to run a more potent engine than in Monaco after choosing to cash-in several engine ‘tokens’ – the means by which teams can make a certain number of upgrades over the course of the season. Mercedes have not used more engine tokens but are believed to have found a way to run their engines closer to the limit. This should be another dicey encounter between the world’s top teams.
What sports match are you most looking forward to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below…