The weekend is here, which means there are some massive sporting clashes for you take note of. From European rugby giants clashing, to Premier League head-to-heads, we’ve rounded up what you need to know about the incoming fixtures.
Liverpool vs Manchester United (Premier League football)
It’s the 194th edition of arguably the most famous rivalry in English football, as United make the short trip down the M62 to do battle with Liverpool. The two sides are fighting to get into the top four and both go into the game on the back of 3-3 draws. United have had the upper hand in this fixture recently, having won the last three encounters.
Saracens v Ulster (European Champions Cup)
Saracens tasted a rare defeat against Harlequins at the Stoop last week. It was their first of the season. With their air of invincibility pricked Saracens will have to be much better this weekend. Ulster have had some stunning success in Europe in the last month or so, most notably against Toulouse but Saracens who top the group are clear favourites.
Toulon v Wasps (European Champions Cup)
Toulon were unconvincing in eking out a 12-9 win over Bath last weekend. Wasps beat Worcester Warriors last weekend but this is an infinitely more difficult task. Wasps are down to sixth on the Premiership points table but they have been outstanding in Europe. Winning in Toulon will greatly enhance their title credentials but that is easier said than done. Toulon should be too strong at home.
Stoke vs Arsenal (Premier League football)
Alexis Sanchez’s potential return could brighten the Arsenal’s chances when the Gunners attempt to beat Stoke City on the road for the first time in almost six years. Arsenal are trying to prove their capable of winning the league for the first time since the “Invincibles” in 2004, and a win at Britannia would further enhance their argument.
Leinster v Bath (European Champions Cup)
Following their defeat at the hands of Toulon, Leinster have recorded three successive wins in the Pro12. Bath are still smarting from their defeat against Newcastle Falcons but they ran Toulon desperately close away from home last week. That performance should serve them well in Dublin in what should be a desperately close affair.