Stag Weekends Weekend Preview 20th January

That's right, the weekend is here again! There are few things sweeter than that ‘Friday Feeling' as you look forward to a couple of days off.

It's always an added bonus when you've got something to look forward to over the weekend, and if you're a fan of sport, your luck is in! As usual, we'll take you through everything that's going on this weekend and when in our weekend preview.

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The Premier League fixtures come round thick and fast at this time of year, and this weekend is no different. It looks set to be another crucial round of matches, as the race for the top-four gets more intense as the weeks pass.

The Saturday lunchtime game sees third placed Liverpool host relegation threated Swansea at Anfield. The Reds have suffered a slight dip in form recently, and have only been able to draw their last two league games. Jurgen Klopp will know that nothing other than a win will do if his side are to stay in contention for the title.

Saturday evening, fifth placed Man City take on second placed Spurs at the Etihad in what looks a mouth-watering clash! City have found consistency a problem of late, no more so than their 4-0 hammering at the hands of Everton last week. Spurs, on the other hand, have been flying and have won their last six matches in the Premier League.

League leaders Chelsea are in action on Sunday afternoon, when Hull City visit Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte's bounced back from their defeat against Spurs last weekend, with a comfortable win at champions Leicester. Hull may not be as easy an opposition as they would've been a couple of weeks ago though; the Tigers beat Bournemouth last weekend in Marco Silva's first Premier League game in charge.

Great Brits Down Under

By now, we're used to Andy Murray reaching the latter stages at grand slams; after all, he is world number one. But, this weekend, he is joined in the last 16 of the Australian Open by fellow Briton, Dan Evans.

The world number 51 backed up his impressive win over seventh seed Marin Cilic in the second round, with a straight sets win over home-crowd favourite Bernard Tomic this morning. Another tough match awaits Evans, as he faces French 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga next.

Murray made light work of American Sam Querrey, winning in straight sets in under two hours. The top seed will come up against world number 50 Mischa Zverev next.

With both Murray and Evans making it to the second weekend of the tournament, it is the first time two Brits have reached the fourth round of a grand slam since Tim Henman and Greg Rusedki did so at Wimbledon in 2002.

Playing For Pride

England take on India in the third and final match of their one-day international series. Unfortunately, for England, it is nothing more than a dead rubber as they are 2-0 down in the series. However, that shouldn't put you off watching the game if it's as entertaining as the games in the series so far.

England were set an almost impossible task in the second match on Thursday after India posted a score of 381. In fairness to England, they dug in and at one stage looked like they might chase down the second-highest total ever after an impressive century from skipper Eoin Morgan. But it wasn't to be and England fell 15 runs short.

Following Sunday's game in Kolkata, England will prepare for a three-match Twenty20 series against India where they will look to claim a series win from what has largely been an unforgettable tour.

Image credits: Sky Sports, Bleacher Report, Net Budding, England Cricket
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Date Posted: Friday 20th January 2017

Author: George Crewe

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