Stag Weekends Weekend Preview 13th April
It gives us great pleasure to bring you our weekend preview on a Thursday this week, because it’s a four-day weekend! Yesterday, we advised on how to make the most of the Easter Weekend and now it’s time to delve deeper into one of the ways you can spend your weekend – watching the sport.
We were treated to something special last weekend with the conclusion of the Masters, and we’re hoping this weekend can be another one to remember. There’s plenty of football on, the beginning of the World Snooker Championship and the Bahrain Grand Prix in waiting this weekend.
Here, we take you through all the talking points ahead of the weekend’s action.
The football action starts tonight as Manchester United face Anderlecht in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.
Winning the Europa League could be United’s best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, so you can expect Jose Mourinho to field a full-strength side against their Belgian opponents.
There is a full Premier League programme ahead of us over the weekend, with some great games in store. Spurs play Bournemouth on Saturday lunchtime and will be looking to reduce the deficit to four points as they keep their slim title hopes alive. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are on an impressive six-game winning run and are further boosted by the return of top scorer Harry Kane.
The stand-out fixtures on Saturday afternoon are the ones involving Swansea and Hull as they continue to battle it out for the last safety spot. Hull travel to Stoke, and despite the Tigers’ poor away form they can take hope from the fact Stoke have lost their last four. A win would even take Marco Silva’s side to within three-points of their hosts. Swansea face a trip to Watford, knowing that if they are to get out of trouble, they need to return to winning ways soon. They should have Fernando Llorente back up front to call upon.
League leaders Chelsea travel to Old Trafford knowing that a positive result would all-but guarantee them their fifth Premier League title. A win would leave them at least seven-points clear with just six games to play.
WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP
The World Snooker Championship gets under way this weekend at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Snooker may not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to watching sport, but the World Championship is renowned for providing entertainment.
It’s the usual suspects that are being heavily backed to win the tournament; with Mark Selby, Judd Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan all expected to go far.
The defending champion, Selby, faces Irish qualifier Fergal O’Brien in the first round on Saturday as he looks to claim his third world title. Five-time winner, Rocket Ronnie, faces Gary Wilson and world number two, Trump, comes up against Rory McLeod.
BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX
With two races down and 18 to go, the F1 season takes us to Bahrain this weekend. After Lewis Hamilton’s victory in Shanghai last weekend and Sebastien Vettel’s second placed finish, both drivers have won one race and came second in the other, so far.
The discussion surrounding the pre-race build is whether we are set for a two-horse race between the Mercedes and Ferrari driver, or whether the 19-year-old Max Verstappen can make it a three-horse race. The Dutchman’s reputation is rapidly rising, especially after his fine race last weekend to finish third from way back on the grid.
In the hot and humid Bahrain, we should be set for another fascinating race. It will get under way at 4pm BST on Sunday.
Image credits: Full Time Devils, BBC Sport, World Snooker