Weekend Sport To Look Forward To
by Geraldine Katunga
Lets look ahead to your sporting weekend stuffed with plenty to watch and enjoy.
In football, Zimbabwean champions FC Platinum have a mountain to climb as they attempt to overturn a 1-0 deficit on the road in Senegal as they play ASC Jaraaf in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup play-off tie on Sunday. A 2-0 or 2-1 win for Pure Platinum Play will be enough to send them through to the group stage of the second tier continental tournament.
In the English Premier League, the weekend begins tonight when Wolves play Leeds United at 10pm. Tomorrow afternoon, Chelsea have a tough trip to Southampton in the early kick-off before the Merseyside derby takes center stage at Anfield at 7.30pm. Liverpool and Everton go head-to-head with the two neighbours separated by just 3 points and 1 place in the table as they both vie for the CL spots.
Sunday will see Spurs travelling across London to play in-form and dangerous West Ham United, Arsenal hosting the runaway league leaders Manchester City at the Emirates before Manchester United in second place take on Newcastle United at Old Trafford in the late game at 9pm.
In Spain’s La Liga, leaders Atletico Madrid have a home game against Levante before neighbours Real Madrid travek to Real Valladolid in the late match tomorrow. In Sunday, Barcelona will loom to recover from their mauling at the hands of PSG with what should be a simple game against Cadiz at the Nou Camp.
In Italy, the race for the Scudetto in Serie A will be cranked up a notch with the biggest Derby della Madonnina in the last 10 years being the highlight of the weekend on Sunday. AC Milan in second place host new leaders and hated neighbours Inter Milan in San Siro with the two rivals separated by just a point at the top of the table. What a match we have in prospect, kicking off at 4pm.
Their title rivals will be hoping for a draw. One of those will be 3rd placed Roma who are away at Benevento. The Romans are currently 7 points off the top. Atalanta and Napoli will be another great encounter to keep eyes on Sunday. Champions Juventus only play on Monday night.
In rugby, Super Rugby AU in Australia returns this morning. First up we have the Reds playing the Waratahs at 10.45am. Then Western Force entertain the ACT Brumbies at lunchtime.
And as I stated earlier, in tennis the women’s final at the Aus Open is on tomorrow at about 10.30 in the morning. Naomi Osaka will be playing for her fourth GS title and her second major in Melbourne. Jennifer Brady has never reached a GS final and so obviously she is looking to make history for herself as a first time major winner.
The men’s final will be on Sunday at the same time. Novak Djokovic will be the favourite no matter who comes out of today’s second semi-final between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.