Stag Weekends Weekend Preview 12th May
That’s right, the weekend is upon us again and it’s all set to be a cracker. Yes, the season is drawing to a close across a number of sports, but that’s even more reason to make the most of the remaining action that is available to us.
It’s the penultimate weekend of the Premier League, the European Cup Final in rugby, as well as the Spanish Grand Prix. With so much to take in, we have previewed everything so that you know where and when to take it all in.
Chelsea could win their fifth Premier League title tonight when they face West Brom at the Hawthorns. Three points would give Chelsea an unassailable ten-point lead and give Antonio Conte a debut winning season in charge. West Brom’s form has been awful of late, so Chelsea should wrap it up tonight!
Elsewhere in the Premier League, the teams looking to beat the drop face another crucial weekend. Swansea City, who sit just above the drop, are first up out of the relegation threatened teams as they go to Sunderland. Although Sunderland are already down, they surprised many with a shock win over Hull last time out, so the Swans can’t underestimate their opponents.
Hull, who currently occupy the final relegation place, travel to Crystal Palace, who also aren’t safe yet. A win for the Tigers would move them within a point of Palace and ensure that the fight for survival goes down to the last day. A point for Big Sam’s side guarantees their top-flight status and you wouldn’t bet against them getting the job done.
Switching to the battle to get into the Premier League, the Championship Play-Offs begin this weekend with the semi-final first legs.
First up, Fulham host Reading at Craven Cottage on Saturday evening. Fulham’s end of season form saw them gate-crash the play-offs at the expense of Leeds United and are many people’s tip to go up. Reading finished third under the guidance of Jaap Stam, who has exceeded expectation this season by securing a play-off position.
Sunday sees Huddersfield Town welcome Sheffield Wednesday to the John Smith’s Stadium. Town were tipped to go down at the start of the season, but David Wagner has done a remarkable job. Wednesday are looking to go one better than last term after losing in the Play-Off Final to Hull City.
The return legs for the games will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Both should be pulsating ties!
Moving onto rugby union, Saracens take on Clermont Auvergne in the European Champions Cup Final at Murrayfield, Saturday evening.
After winning the title last season, Sarries are bidding to win successive European titles and should do just that if they play to their full potential. A win would set up the opportunity for the club to win a double-double, as they are in the end of season play-offs in the Aviva Premiership.
Finally, the Formula One circuit heads to Barcelona this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix. Already, this season is shaping up to be a battle between Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, with the two drivers at the top of the standings.
Having said that, Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was victorious last time out at the Russian Grand Prix, so it could yet be a three-horse race!
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