This weekend sees some colossal clashes with some of the world’s best teams in their respective fields. From Super Rugby to Premier League, here’s the matches you need to watch this weekend:
Brumbies v Bulls (Super Rugby)
While it’s not quite desperation stakes, the Brumbies need to start getting back to winning ways after three losses in the last four games to stay in touch of the conference lead and this week’s opposition won’t be easy. The Bulls are coming off a big win over the Force in Perth and are on a seven match unbeaten streak with their last defeat way back in round one. Whilst they have had little success in Canberra, they have not lost by by more than six points in the last three visits. It’s a tight one that could go either way, but we’re backing the Bulls.
Prediction: Bulls by 3
Chiefs v Highlanders (Super Rugby)
It might be one versus four on the NZ ladder but this is the game of the round and could signal a changing of the guard. While the champion Highlanders have taken the points in their recent meetings, the Chiefs have shown plenty of grit to win the close ones of late and should be too tough for the Highlanders in a tight one at home. The Chiefs are looking like the team of the tournament so far, and should sneak a win.
Prediction: Chiefs by 3
Sharks v Hurricanes (Super Rugby)
The Hurricanes have an impressive record against South African teams, winning their past eight. However, the Sharks beat the defending champion Highlanders and only just fell short against the ladder-leading Chiefs last round. They have also beaten the Canes in their past four in Durban so, while the visitors have been in sparkling form, a home victory is in the offing.
Prediction: Sharks by 5
Manchester City v Arsenal (Premier League)
Third take on fourth in the Premier League this Sunday as Arsenal head to Manchester City knowing that a win could move them level on points with second-placed Tottenham Hotspur. While the Gunners will be keen to end their season on a high and challenge for the runners-up spot, City’s top priority is pipping bitter rivals Manchester United to fourth position and Champions League football next term. Pressure is mounting on both sides following their trophyless campaigns, and with that in mind, we cannot see either one emerging victorious.
Prediction: Manchester City 2 – 2 Arsenal
Toulon v Castres (French Top 14)
Following a narrow lose to Toulouse last week, the star-studded Toulon will look to bounce back against Castres, who currently sit in sixth place on the Top 14 log. Both the championship-winning sides have been somewhat underwhelming this season, with a lack of consistancy being their biggest downfall. Toulon will have to rely on their star-laden lineup to deliver the goods at home, while Castres will have a big fight on their hands, ultimately unlikely to rock the ship.
Prediction: Toulon by 10
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