The weekend being back is not the only reason for joy this weekend. While the festivities of last weekend maybe lacking, there’s no shortage in the quality of sporting action that awaits us this weekend.
To begin with there’s the ongoing second Test match between India and New Zealand at Hyderabad. The Kiwi’s have made a great start in the Test and they’ll be looking to consolidate their position during day two and three, which will be played on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 9:30 am on NEO Cricket.
Pakistan meanwhile, far away from ‘Haider’-abad (pun intended) take on South Africa in the first Test match of their series at the Dubai International Sports Complex. Action begins from 11:30 am on Saturday and Sunday.
Further, with up to four drivers still having the possibility of winning the World Championship, the F1 fraternity has landed in Abu Dhabi to race at the Yas Marina Circuit. Fernando Alonso, who currently leads the championship from the Red Bull duo of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel will be considered favourite, but discounting the Red Bull drivers won’t be a wise idea. Mclaren’s Lewis Hamilton does have a mathematical chance of winning it as he trails Alonso by 24 points. In order for Hamilton to win the title, he must secure a win, with Alonso having to finish outside the top 10.
Fernando Alonso 246
Sebastian Vettel 238
Mark Webber 231
Lewis Hamiton 222
Also, there's a full round of Barclays Premier League fixtures. Manchester United's visit to Villa Park to play Aston Villa kicks off proceedings on Saturday at 6:10 pm. This game is followed by Manchester City taking on Birmingham City at 8:30 pm. In the late kick-off at 11:00 pm, the Torres powered resurgent Liverpool hope to continue their good form against Stoke City.
On Sunday, Arsenal travel to Merseyside to play Everton at 7:00 pm, followed by champions Chelsea taking on Sunderland at 9:30 pm. All the games are Live on ESPN.