Sport highlights of the weekend

Photo by Salim Virji / CC BY-SA

By Karan Gadhia – Deputy Sports Editor


Coming up, we take another look at another weekend packed full of sporting action.

From the UCI Track Cycling World Championships to the Davis Cup, there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

Tottenham v Arsenal (Saturday 12:45)

The two rivals face each other in what is one of the most important North London derbies in recent years.

Tottenham Hotspur go into this match three points ahead of their opponents and both sides will be looking to get their respective title challenges back on track after losing on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger is under increasing pressure after winning just three Premier League matches since Christmas.

The Gunners have also suffered a setback in their preparation for the match after goalkeeper Petr Cech injured himself in the match against Swansea City.

UCI Track Cycling World Championships (today-Sunday)

The tournament started on Wednesday and continues throughout the weekend at the Lee Valley VeloPark, London.

On Saturday, Jason Kenny, who is a three-time Olympic gold medallist for Team GB will be aiming to win his first individual sprint title since 2011.

The final day of the competition will see the women’s omnium and the madison take place with the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Laura Trott featuring.

The madison is a 200 lap race with teams of two competing whilst the omnium is a multiple race event that is completed by an individual cyclist.

Trott picked up Great Britain’s first gold of the event yesterday, winning the scratch race whilst Wiggins and the British men’s pursuit team finished second, after being passed by Australia in the final few moments.

Saracens v Northampton (Saturday 15:15)

The two giants of the Aviva Premiership meet at Allianz Park in an important fixture at this stage of the season.

Saracens have lost just twice in 14 matches whilst Northampton have lost half of their matches so far.

Several players will be unavailable for selection due to them being retained for training at the England camp for the Six Nations.

A win for Northampton could see them move into the play-off spots whilst Saracens will be looking to maintain their position on top of the Aviva Premiership.

Asia Cup Final (Sunday 07:30)

The Asia Cup is an International Twenty20 cricket tournament that is being hosted at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

The hosts will play India in the final of the competition after both teams finished top of their respective groups, each consisting of four other sides.

India have won all three of their group stage matches so far, which also included beating the hosts by 45 runs.

Both teams will have just a day before the start of the ICC World Twenty20, which will be staged in India.

Davis Cup (today-Sunday)

Great Britain start their defence of the Davis Cup against Japan at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.

Andy Murray will be in the squad after recently becoming a father and has announced that he plans to play for the whole competition.

Dan Evans has had to step in for Kyle Edmund, who injured his back during practice, ahead of the match against Japan – the Asian country has world number six Kei Nishikori in their ranks.

The winner of this tie will go on to face either Kazakhstan or Serbia in the quarter-finals.

 

 

 

 

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