The weekend is here, which means there are some massive sporting clashes for you take note of. From European rugby giants clashing, to local football rivalries, we’ve rounded up what you need to know about the incoming fixtures.
Toulon vs Bath (European Rugby Championship)
No game may represent the new found wealth of European Cup rugby as the mammoth clash between Toulon and Bath this Sunday. Both teams were finalists in their respective leagues last year and both tasted defeated as favourites. With considerable funding behind them, we’ve seen unprecedented recruitment drives, which will set the stage for a colossal coming-together of stars, including the likes of Francois Louw, Niko Matawalu, George Ford, Johnathan Joseph, Dave Denton, Rhys Priestland, Luke Charteris, Toby Faletau and league convert Kyle Eastmond for Bath, and Quade Cooper, Bryan Habana, Drew Mitchell, Ma’a Nonu, Steffon Armitage, and Mamuka Gorgodze for Toulon.
Arsenal vs Sunderland (FA Cup)
The Gunners are aiming for a third successive FA Cup triumph and our tipster expects Arsene Wenger’s side to start their campaign with a comfortable victory against the Black Cats. Wenger’s men have won eight of their last nine home matches in all competitions and this could well prove to be another difficult afternoon for the visitors, especially when it is considered that Allardyce’s side have lost eight of their 10 fixtures on their travels thus far this term. One potential positive for Sunderland is that they have found the net in each of their last five matches away from home – including in a 3-1 defeat against Arsenal last month
Manchester United vs Sheffield United (FA Cup)
After getting 2016 off to a positive start by beating Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League last weekend, United’s attentions now turn to the Emirates FA Cup and the challenge of lifting the trophy for the first time since 2004. The Reds’ opponents may be in League One but the Blades will doubtless be highly motivated for their first trip to Old Trafford in almost nine years.
Kaizer Chiefs vs Mamelodi Sundowns (Absa Premiership)
Absa Premiership football returns from a break and the focus of our attention is Saturday’s game between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at Soccer City. Chiefs have ground to make up if are to defend the PSL title they won so comfortably last season. They finished 2015 five points behind Sundowns and Wits and although they have only lost one league game, the derby with Pirates, six draws from 12 checked their progress. Downs went into the Christmas break in terrific form, winning seven and drawing one of their last eight league games to finish 2015 as the league leaders. They have won eight, drawn two and lost two of 12 Absa Premiership fixtures and they have conceded just one goal in the last seven league outings.