This weekend sees some massive rivalries reignited, with everything from the cricket pitch to the football ground delivering an epic encounter; so we’ve give a breakdown of what you need to know ahead of the fixtures and highlighted which games you can’t afford to miss this weekend, 10-12 February 2017:
South Africa v Sri Lanka (ODI cricket)
Sri Lanka has one final chance to salvage a disappointing tour when it locks horns with South Africa in the fifth and final One-Day International in Centurion on Friday. Sri Lanka’s best chance will be to hope that Tharanga and Nuwan Kulasekara, its most experienced batsman and bowler respectively, lead from the front and that its opponent has a rare off-day. But on what is expected to be a run-filled outing for the hosts, and South Africa’s batsmen will be looking to notch up a clean sweep of the series, so it could well be another long day for the visiting side.
Sundowns v Pirates (ABSA Premiership)
There is a big game in the Absa Premiership on Saturday afternoon when Mamelodi Sundowns bid to make up further ground in the title race when they host Orlando Pirates, who looked blunt on Wednesday evening against Platinum Stars as they played to a goalless draw, continuing on from the theme in 2016 for the Soweto giants. Sundowns, meanwhile, started their year with a narrow 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic; and admittedly, they were not at their best, but another clean sheet means they have conceded just six goals in ten league outings.
Liverpool v Tottenham (Premier League football)
Liverpool are five without a win in the Premier League and the games don’t get any easier as the Reds look to bounce back to winning ways. This weekend it’s the visit of Spurs to Anfield which will test Jurgen Klopp‘s attempts to get the team back on track. The Spurs are coming on the back of some good form, but they have a poor record at Anfield. Liverpool did manage to squeeze out a 1-1 draw against Pochettino’s side under similar circumstances last season. Spurs haven’t been that convincing in away games, despite picking up wins every now and then.
Wales v England (Six Nations rugby)
England were made to grind out victory against a physical France side as they escaped Twickenham with their winning streak in tact last weekend. But England’s unbeaten run under Eddie Jones will likely face an even tougher examination against Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday. England have already swept the Welsh aside twice since the Australian took charge in 2015, but the Red Rose had the home comforts of Twickenham when the sides met in last year’s Six Nations. Wales suffered some injuries against Italy and will be looking to regroup in order to post a legitimate threat to the English.
France v Scotland (Six Nations rugby)
A shock opening win over Ireland last weekend heralded a breakthrough for Scotland, but the Scots face a determined French side who pushed the English to their limits in Round 1. The Scottish played a brilliant tactical game in the first half against Ireland, and if they’re to hold onto to that mindset and execute accordingly, they could put Les Bleus under some immense pressure in Paris.
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