For sports fans, there’s quite the weekend ahead. Here’s how to enjoy every moment of it.
When you leave work on Friday afternoon, the real fun begins. Take a couple of hours now while you have it to do some all-important prep work. Have all devices fully charged, fridge stocked, ultra-optimistic accas placed and make any necessary fantasy football changes.
Friday evening has an assortment of events for our more hipster fans. Las Palmas take on Espanyol over in Spain on Sky Sports 5, Preston meet Burnley in the Championship on Sky Sports 1 if that’s what you’re into. Hamburg host Werder Bremen on BT Sport which kicks off at 7:30. I suggest give that a try for a while until the Spanish and English action kicks off later.
If the football isn’t doing it for you, try the rugby on BT. Harlequins host Grenoble at 7:45.
Try and catch some golf over on Sky after the game.
If you’re at all disappointed by the evening’s action, just wait for Saturday to start.
Be sure to stay in bed for as long as possible on Saturday, you’ll need the rest. There’s some early morning Super Rugby action if that’s your thing. Unless you’re really dedicated, set the alarm for about 11:30. When you do rise, get the fry on immediately. Plant yourself in your favourite spot with resources to prevent you from having to move for 12-16 hours.
First up is some action from the Premier League. Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City host Stoke at 12:45 on Sky Sports 1. If the reverse fixture is anything to go by, it should be a cracker.
After that finishes, Sarcacens meet Wasps in all-English Rugby Champions Cup semi-final on Sky Sports One at 3. Meanwhile, over on Setanta, Liverpool take on Newcastle in what will be a very one sided match in all likelihood. Maybe keep it playing on the laptop while the rugby is on. Gillette Soccer Saturday is ideal for your third device.
Directly after the 3 o’clockers is some more tantalising action. You can watch Roberto Martinez’s last stand as Everton battle Manchester United at Wembley. Catch that on BBC at 5:15. Athletico Madrid face Malaga in front of the Sky cameras at 5.
More oval-ball action is available on Sky as Montpellier play the Dragons.
After all that, you’ve got some quality time with MSN as they host Sporting Gijon on Sky. Eibar and Deportivo’s clash follows as does some Stateside soccer and French football but some fresh air and seeing other people might be more important at this stage.
Now comes the point you need to make a big decision, do you hit the hay and set the alarm or power through to UFC 197. Some enticing prelims might keep you up but the alarm is probably the way to go. BT Sport 2’s Main Card coverage starts at 4AM. Jon Jones takes on Ovince Saint Preux in the main event.
A decent choice on Sunday for a football fan:
Levante Vs Athletic Bilbao 11:00
Sunderland Vs Arsenal 2:05
Monchengladbach Vs Hoffenheim 2:30
Sevilla Vs Real Betis 3:00
Crystal Palace vs Watford 4:00
Leicester City Vs Swansea City 4:15
Getafe Vs Valencia 5:15
Villarreal Vs Real Sociedad 7:30
Fiorentina vs Juventus 7:45
San Jose Earthquakes Vs Sporting Kansas City 8:55
The second semi-final in the Rugby Champions Cup is on BT at 3:15 with Leicester facing Racing Metro.
There’s some basketball on BT at 8:30 with Steph Curry’s Warriors travelling to the Rockets but other than that it’s football all the way on Sunday, topping off what’s sure to be a brilliant weekend of sport.
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