The weekend is here, and with it comes some epic clashes with both the round and oval ball. With so much going on, we’ve picked the six games you need to watch this weekend:
Crusaders v Jaguares (Super Rugby)
There’s no denying that the Jaguares can play some pretty incredible rugby, but they aren’t exactly having the best tour. The Super Rugby debutants chose to leave many of their big-name players at home, and they’re paying the price for it, and this week, it isn’t going to get any easier. The Crusaders, in typical fashion, or coming off of their early-season lull and are starting to look like the championship-winning team of yesteryear. It’ll be a tough one in Christchurch for the Argentines.
Prediction: Crusaders by 13
South Africa v Kenya (Singapore Sevens – World Sevens Series)
Following the win in Cape Town last year, the Blitzbokke have been coming up short in recent tournament, but that’s no to say the pool games haven’t gone well. Neil Powell’s men have done incredibly well but fallen to the likes of New Zealand, Fiji and England in the knockout stages. Kenya have also had an up and down season, but have been finding their stride in recent tournament. With so much speed on either side, this will come down to which team produces the least amount of errors.
Prediction: South Africa by 5
Bulls v Reds (Super Rugby)
The Bulls are starting to play some of the most attractive rugby so far this season, resulting in a strong winning-streak since Round 1. The Reds started the season abysmally but are slowly building momentum, with the shock win over the Highlanders last week contributing massively to that. However, the trip to Loftus will likely put things into perspective for the Queensland side, as the Bulls will prove too strong up-front for the Australians.
Prediction: Bulls by 15
Chelsea v Manchester City (Premier League)
Dethroned defending champions Chelsea FC will try to salvage what they can in the few remaining games of a highly disappointing 2015-2016 Premier League season. They now face contending squad Manchester City FC at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Manuel Pellegrini’s men overcame Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in their history and, with the team also aiming to secure a top-four finish this season, the Citizens are likely to arrive at Stamford Bridge highly motivated to win.
Prediction: 1-0 to Manchester City
Lions v Stormers (Super Rugby)
The Super Rugby fixture of the weekend sees the Lions going up against the Stormers. The two standout South African sides will go head-to-head to determine supremacy as the competition begins to heat-up. The Stormers have the better of this rivalry historically, but with their injury issues at fly-half and the Lions’ confidence high after winning in Durban last weekend, this one looks like a home win.
Prediction: Lions by 7
Leicester City v West Ham United (Premier League)
With Spurs not in action until Monday night (away at Stoke), Leicester can go ten points clear with a win here. A 2-0 win at Sunderland last week made it five wins in a row without conceding a goal and West Brom who drew 2-2 here on 1 March are the last team to have found Leicester’s net. West Ham finished last weekend in sixth spot after a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Arsenal. Leicester’s ultra-tight defence has remained resilient, so it’s likely that the Foxes will be able to maintain their remarkable run for another tight fixture.
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