Friday, August 25, 2017

By Harry Shorthose

1 McGregor v Mayweather

It’s finally here. One of the most anticipated fights of this century will be hitting our screens early on Sunday morning. Whatever you think of the idea of the fight itself, this could be an epic contest.
The consequences of losing are huge for Mayweather. He has a perfect record to protect, having never been beaten in a professional fight before, and if he’s beaten by UFC star Conor McGregor it will be a humiliation.

Conor McGregor steps into the ring with Floyd Mayweather on Sunday morning

McGregor, on the other hand, has little to lose but his pride. So if you have a spare €25 lying around, it will be well worth a watch. McGregor v Mayweather is available to buy from Sky Box Office or Virgin Media.

 

2 All-Ireland senior football semi-finals

Having drawn their first encounter at Croke Park on Sunday, Kerry and Mayo have to do it all again on Saturday. The first game was a thriller and both sides will fancy their chances in the rematch on Saturday (3pm).

Will Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy have to deal with Aidan O’Shea of Mayo again at Croke Park on Saturday

The main talking point will be whether Mayo put Aidan O’Shea on Kieran Donaghy again. This caused huge debate as Mayo’s best player was miles away from the goal trying to mark one of Kerry’s top players.
On Sunday, reigning champions Dublin take on Tyrone in the second semi-final (4pm). Dublin are undoubtedly the strongest team in the country and have been for years. They have won the last two championships and will be favorites to win another one this year. However, Tyrone will have something to say about that.
Mickey Harte’s Tyrone have struggled the past few seasons and have been in a rebuilding phase. However, this year they seem back to their best, having already destroyed Armagh in their quarter-final encouter. Both games will be live on RTE.

3 England v West Indies

After cruising to a comfortable innings and 209 run victory inside three days in the first test, England will be favourites when the two sides meet again at Headingley on Friday.
West Indies cricket is in a phase of rebuilding with many of their star cricketers refusing to play test cricket and instead preferring to focus on earning themselves a bit of money playing in T20 franchise tournaments across the world.

James Anderson is a man on a mission this weekend

However, after such a heavy defeat, they will surely be looking to come back stronger. Other things to look out for across the five days include Jimmy Anderson’s quest to become the first English bowler to 500 test wickets – he needs just eight more wickets to complete this feat – as well as Joe Root’s attempt to overtake Ian Botham and enter into the top 20 English run scorers of all time; he needs just nine more runs to reach that milestone.
England v West Indies takes place is on Sky Sports Cricket from Friday.

4 Liverpool v Arsenal

This weeks Super Sunday clash comes from Anfield. It is a meeting of two teams who are struggling in defence at the moment. Both teams have great attacking prowess with Liverpool boasting the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson while Arsenal have the likes of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud in their ranks.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool knows the way to goal

That is what this game will undoubtedly come down to. Expect a high-scoring game with plenty of chances. Both of these teams have enjoyed a mixed start to their season with Liverpool drawing 3-3 against Watford and beating Crystal Palace 2-0 whereas Arsenal enjoyed a 4-3 victory over Leicester on the opening day of the season and a 1-0 defeat at Stoke this weekend.

5 Belgian Grand Prix

Formula 1 returns to our screens this weekend with Belgium the host location. The battle that has been gripping fans all season so far between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton looks set to continue.

Sebastian Vettel will try to stay ahead of Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix

Both have won this race twice before and both will be looking to add a third to their locker. The two are neck and neck in the current standings with Vettel leading in first place with 202 points and Hamilton on his coat tails with 188. Vettel is the favourite with most bookies.

 

 

 

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