Sport highlights of the weekend

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By Karan Gadhia – Deputy Sports Editor


There is plenty of sport to look forward to this weekend with lots of important fixtures in different sports.

From Manchester City v Liverpool to the DP World Tour Championship (golf) in Dubai we preview all the biggest sporting events of the weekend.

Real Madrid v Barcelona (Saturday, 17:15)

Real Madrid v Barcelona or El Clásico as it is more commonly known is arguably the biggest derby in world football.

Previous clashes between the two sides have been heated; a prime example would be in 2002 when a pig’s head was thrown at Luis Figo after his controversial transfer from Barcelona to Real Madrid.

This year, Pique is likely to be the subject of abuse at the Bernabéu by opposition fans due his support for Catalan independence from Spain.

According to reports in the Spanish media, Lionel Messi is likely to be on the bench for the game having come back from injury.

Barcelona are currently three points ahead of their title rivals going into the game this weekend.

Manchester City v Liverpool (Saturday, 17:30)

This game is sure to be entertaining – the last six league games between the two sides have produced 23 goals.

Also it will be the first time that Raheem Sterling will face his old side since his £49 million transfer from Liverpool.

City go into the game top of the league and have won 12 of their last 13 Premier League home matches.

Sergio Agüero has scored in all three of his league games against Liverpool at the Etihad and could feature after he returned to training last week.

Jurgen Klopp has said that Daniel Sturridge could be fit enough to play for Liverpool as he continues his recovery from hip and knee injuries.

ATP World Tour Finals (Saturday and Sunday)

The semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals will be on Saturday with the final taking place on Sunday.

The top eight tennis players in the world have been working all year towards qualifying for the season-ending event at the O2 Arena, London.

The two semi-final matches will see Roger Federer take on either Andy Murray or his fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka whilst Rafael Nadal will face Novak Djokovic.

The Serb has won the last three titles in London but he was beaten indoors for the first time since 2012 on Tuesday, as Federer claimed a 7-5 6-2 victory.

Nadal has never won the competition whilst Federer has won the end of season event a record six times.

Murray won’t have much time to recover physically with the Davis Cup final against Belgium set to take place next week.

DP World Tour Championship (Thursday-Sunday)

The DP World Tour Championships got under way in Dubai yesterday with Sunday being the final day of the event.

The four-day tournament in the Middle East is the climax of the European Tour Race to Dubai which is the golfing equivalent to the ATP Tour Finals, rounding off proceedings after a series of events throughout the year.

The likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Patrick Reed will be looking to knock defending champion, Henrik Stenson off his perch.

Bath v Leinster (Saturday, 15:15)

In Rugby Union, Bath open their European Champions Cup campaign on Saturday against Leinster.

It will be the home side’s first game since Sam Burgess’ controversial return to Rugby League, rejoining South Sydney Rabbitohs in Australia.

In the Aviva Premiership, Bath currently sit in 5th place, with two wins and two losses in their opening four matches.

Leinster have already played in the European Cup, losing 33-6 against Wasps.

Though The Irish side have been in good form in the Guinness Pro12 League, winning five of their seven opening matches.

What sporting events will you be watching over the weekend? Let us know in the comments!

 

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