Often called the ‘fifth Major’, the world’s leading golfers head to the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass this weekend for the Players’ Championship. It’s the 39th year of a tournament which offers the highest prize fund of any competition.
Only two Europeans have won the tournament in the last quarter of a century although an American hasn’t won at Sawgrass since Phil Mickelson in 2007.
Chelsea face Liverpool in the Wembley showpiece and the Blues are the 7/5 favourites.
The FA Cup reaches the semi-final stage this weekend with two local derbies in prospect. Liverpool play Everton on Saturday and while the Reds may be the 6/4 favourites, Everton are the form team. I fancy David Moyes’ side to prevail at 15/8.
The battle to avoid the drop from the Premier League continues this weekend with a vital game at Molineux. Struggling Wolves welcome Bolton and after Wanderers’ win over Blackburn last weekend, there’s some value in the visitors at 19/10.
One of the highlights of the sporting calendar, the US Masters is, for many, the golf tournament to win. Hosted by the stunning Augusta National course since 1934, it is one of the most widely watched and competitive events on tour.
While a European Tour player won the Masters last year – Charl Schwartzl taking the title – a European hasn’t won the tournament since 1999. But, with Europeans occupying the top three spots in the world rankings, is that barren run about to come to an end?
The battle for the Premier League title continues this weekend with Manchester City once again facing a tougher test than rivals Manchester United.
City travel to Stoke City in Saturday evening’s late kick-off and the home side are excellent value at 5/1 to put a dent in City’s title hopes. United host Fulham on Monday evening and are just 1/4 to win.
There’s a brilliant feast of golf to look forward to over five days this week with the 14th WGC Accenture Matchplay. 64 of the world’s top 66 golfers will line up at the Ritz-Carlton golf club – Paul Casey and Phil Mickelson miss out – in a tournament which demands mental strength and fighting spirit as well as great strokeplay.
World number one Luke Donald triumphed in 2011 and is 16/1 third favourite to retain his crown. Can the Englishman carry on his great form, or will there be a new winner in 2012?
It’s FA Cup fifth round weekend this season with several teams desperate for silverware.
Chelsea’s Andre Villas-Boas’ job could depend on winning a cup this season and his side are 3/10 to beat improving Birmingham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
After their excellent comeback on Sunday against Chelsea, Manchester United face another title rival this weekend as they welcome Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime. United are 5/6 to win while their old enemy can be backed at 10/3.
There are a couple of belting matches to look forward to this weekend as four of this season’s ‘big five’ meet on Sunday.
First up, Manchester City provide the biggest test of Spurs’ Premier League title credentials so far as the two sides meet at Eastlands. It’s arguably the perfect time to be playing City considering they are missing several key players through injury, suspension and international call-ups. Spurs can take a giant stride towards their first league title in decades with a win at 3/1, but I fancy the home side to prevail at 10/11.
Manchester City were finally beaten in the Premier League on Monday and Roberto Mancini’s side face another tricky game on Sunday afternoon. They host Arsenal who are on a good run of form although at home City should have enough. The 9/2 on Arsenal will tempt many, though.