Stag Weekends Weekend Preview 5th May

Hi guys, weekend’s here again! Unfortunately, it won’t be another three-day weekend like last week, but we can’t have everything! Just means you’ll have to ensure you make the most of your time with this one. 

As the season draws to a close across a number of sports, the importance of fixtures grow and this is evident this weekend. Here, we preview all the big events ahead of the weekend so that you know where to be, and when!

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The Premier League action gets under way tonight as West Ham host title chasing Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are looking for a tenth consecutive league win and will be confident of doing so despite the Hammers being unbeaten in four games. A win for Spurs would move them to within a point of the leaders Chelsea, until Monday at least, when they take on Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge. 


At the other end of the table, it remains tight between Hull and Swansea City, as the two clubs battle it out for survival. Hull are up first on Saturday afternoon and must be licking their lips at their fixture as they host already relegated Sunderland. Nothing is ever certain in football, but this should be a banker for Marco Silva’s side. If that is the case, Swansea will need to beat Everton at the Liberty Stadium in the tea-time game to keep the gap at two points. Paul Clement’s side can take confidence from the fact Everton have gone off the boil in the last couple of weeks, since guaranteeing seventh place and Europa League qualification. 

CRUCIAL WEEKEND

Dropping down into the Championship, all teams play the final game of their seasons at midday Sunday, with a few issues to still sort out. 

At the top of the division, either Brighton or Newcastle could still be crowned champions. Brighton currently lead by a point, but have lost their last two and face a tricky looking trip to Aston Villa. Whereas Newcastle host Barnsley at St James’ – and our money is on Rafa Benitez’s side lifting the trophy.


With the play-off spots already decided, the other matter to sort out is the final relegation spot. Rotherham and Wigan are already heading for League One, but one of either Blackburn Rovers, Nottingham Forest or Birmingham City will join them. Rovers currently occupy the final place and face a tricky looking trip to Brentford. Forest are just above the dotted line by virtue of goal difference, but look to have a winnable game at home to Ipswich. Birmingham are two points above the others and head to Bristol City. It’s going to go right to the wire! 

FINAL ROUND

Saturday sees the final round of fixtures in the Aviva Premiership take place with all to play for at the top of the league. 

Ten times champions Leicester Tigers face a battle with Bath for the fourth and final spot in the end of season play-offs. Tigers hold a four-point cushion, so even a losing bonus point in their game at Worcester should see them over the line. Bath need to beat Sale with a five-point victory and hope Worcester do them a favour. 


In terms of top spot, current leaders Wasps need a victory over third-placed Saracens to guarantee a home play-off. A Wasps win would also guarantee a home play-off for second placed Exeter Chiefs, who can guarantee it themselves with a win over Gloucester. It should be a fascinating final day! 

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN STARTS

As we type, England are taking on Ireland at Bristol in the first of a two-match ODI series over the weekend and the second match will take place at Lords on Sunday. 


The mini-series kick starts the summer season for England, before taking on South Africa in a few weeks’ time.  


Image Credits: Premier League, Bet 365, Premiership Rugby, England Cricket, Sky Sports

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Date Posted: Friday 5th May 2017

Author: George Crewe