Just because the Cricket World Cup has come to an end, it doesn’t mean the action is slowing down. This weekend the sporting fixture list is packed full of some epic encounters taking place over the next few days, and we got you covered with which clashes you’ve got to keep your eyes on.
Hurricanes vs Stormers (Super Rugby)
The competition leaders play host to a Stormers side which has suffered losses in their last two games. Beauden Barrett, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea and New Zealand’s next big thing, Nehe Milner-Skudder will all be key men in the encounter. In the Stormers’ favour, Springbok No. 8 Duane Vermeulen returns along with Eben Etzebeth starting. A win for the Hurricanes could send them into a massively dominant position, while victory for the Stormers could help get their campaign back on track. One thing is for sure: this encounter should be a cracker.
Arsenal vs Liverpool (Premier League Football)
Despite being the first Premier League match to ever broadcast the pre-match dressing-room team talks, the battle between Arsenal and Liverpool will be a pivotal one. The international break may have done Arsenal some good, with Aaron Ramsey having scored for Wales against Israel, and both Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud also scoring for their respective countries. As for Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Dejan Lovren are all expected to return, however Steven Gerrard will be absent due to his banning.
Sharks vs Crusaders (Super Rugby)
After Springbok half-back pairing Pat Lambie and Cobus Reinach were rested for last week’s encounter, the two return this week to face the Crusaders, who will be without their talisman Daniel Carter, who returned to New Zealand for the birth of his second child. The Sharks weren’t particularly convincing against the Force, and the Crusaders were underwhelming against a strong Bulls performance. Both will want to prove a point as things head towards the crunch of the competition.
Lions vs Bulls (Super Rugby)
The Lions are returning from their most successful tour in history, bagging three wins from four in Australisia, giving the men from Johannesburg some serious confidence returning home. The Bulls haven’t had the best start to the tournament but their performance against the Crusaders last week was convincing enough to give them some momentum going forward. This should be another classic derby full of big hits and tense moments.
Polokwane City vs Bidvest Wits (Absa Premiership Football)
Polokwane City and Bidvest Wits will head to the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium for their Absa Premiership clash on Saturday, which should be an important one in trying to fit into the top part of the table. The Limpopo side has claimed 17 points from 11 home matches this season, while Wits recently suffered a second successive league defeat when they were beaten 3-1 by AmaZulu. Even with the loss, the Clever Boys are placed fourth on the PSL standings with 40 points from 23 matches.
Which matches are you most excited to see this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below.